There was a time, not long ago, when Little Vincent's cold cheese slice was a bit of a hidden gem -- well-known among Huntington, New York, residents, yet unheard of across the rest of Long Island and New York City.
Concert Hall Opens Nearby
That all changed in September 2011, when The Paramount performance venue opened down the block from Little Vincent's at 370 New York Ave. in Huntington.
Little Vincent's, at 329 New York Ave., is located just a few doors down from the venue. The new concert hall reeled in guests from all over New York state, and that led to an increase in business for many of the surrounding bars and restaurants, including "Little V's."
Suddenly, the cold cheese slice was no longer Huntington's best kept secret.
"Little Vincent's is so close to The Paramount, so it's definitely the top place to grab a slice after watching a live concert," said Glen Cove, New York, resident David Arslanian. "You can't just get any slice. Everyone knows to get a cold cheese slice when you go there. The cold cheese slice is definitely where it's at."
A Mountain of Cold Cheese
So, you ask, what is Little Vincent's cold cheese slice, exactly? The formula sounds simple enough: Coat a plain pizza slice with a mountain of cold mozzarella and enjoy.
It may not sound all that intriguing at first, but there's something about the way Little Vincent's prepares the cold cheese slice that makes it stand out.
The shop adds enough cold cheese on top of the pizza's hot, melted mozzarella that the layer on top of the mountain doesn't melt all the way through. As a result, folks taking a bite of the cold cheese slice experience all kinds of different, interesting textures and temperatures.
There's a top layer of cold cheese; a middle layer of melted cheese; a hot, herby tomato sauce directly below; and a sturdy crust on the bottom that easily supports the weight of it all. The slice is reasonably priced at $2.75.
A Hit Among the Late-Night Crowd
Part of the mystique of Little Vincent's and their iconic cold cheese slice is tied in with Huntington's lively bar scene.
Little Vincent's, a casual pizzeria that has been serving tasty pies since 1970, is open until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays due to its massive popularity among the bar-hoppers in the area. The eatery is one of the few Huntington spots open for business in the wee hours of the morning on weekends, and partiers are known to flock there after a long night out on the town.
"There are so many great bars in Huntington Village," said Hauppauge, New York, resident Crystal Motta. "After a fun night of drinking, my friends and I all love going to Little Vincent's. They have a line out the door at 3 in the morning on most weekend nights, so you know it's good."
Eric Holden, a lifelong New York resident, frequents Little Vincent's on the weekend. Follow him on Twitter @EricHolden.
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