At 1:50 on the scrubber bar of the 1977 classic film Saturday Night Fever, Tony glides up to the takeout window of Lenny’s Pizza on 86th Street in Bensonhurst (Brooklyn), orders “Two, two, gimme two” plain slices and then, slapping one atop the other strides away under the D Train El to the beat of the BeeGees ‘Stayin’ Alive’ thereby launching both the career of the young John Travolta and a visitation of tourists that continues to this day.
Since 1977, the takeout window remains, photos of that famous opening scene hang on the walls inside and the pies still come out slathered in tomato sauce with a judicious tang, complementing the creamy melted cheese that has not quite reached the temperature necessary to blister your hard palate.
You gotta do this—if you make a mission of it, you can go to Lenny’s (D Train to Bay Parkway), Spumoni Gardens one more subway stop toward Coney Island (25th Avenue), and maybe throw in a slice from Tortono’s at the end of the line.
Architecturally, the neighborhood is still pure 1940s Brooklyn and culturally there looks to be many Italian businesses still around but peppered in are plenty of Asian businesses, especially on the south side of Bay Parkway where one gorgeous garden market appears after another.
Spend another twenty-eight bucks at Lenny’s and you can stride away wearing the ‘Lenny’s Slice’ T-shirt bearing a photo of Tony biting into his famous double slice.