Totonno's is no slice joint. Apart from drinks, the menu is devoted to whole pies and nothing but, a degree of focus that enables very specific menu orders. While admiring the thin, blistered crust of my half sausage, half mushroom and garlic (small, $24), which crackled just a bit as it bent in my hand, I overheard another table call for a "half sausage, high heat." Presumably, shuffling the pie around the hottest part of the coal oven produces even crispier slices, if that's to your taste. I wasn't around long enough to see for myself; I waited 45 minutes for my pie but polished it off in half that time, tops.
Many New York pizzerias will, if you ask, produce a "well-done" pie, which is simply a matter of extra minutes in the oven. Are there other pizzerias that accommodate a request for "high heat"?
1524 Neptune Ave. (West 15th-West 16th Sts.), Coney Island, Brooklyn
Closed Monday and Tuesday