Those pizzas are a given here. After all, Richmond County, which encompasses all of Staten Island, boasts the nation's largest percentage of Italian-Americans. Also a given are old-school Italian restaurants like the nonagenarian Basilio Inn_ (6 Galesville Court; 718/447-9292)_. On this charming restaurant's covered back porch overlooking a bocce court surrounded by fig trees and bushy herb plants, we feast on garlicky clam-laden_ linguine alle vongole_ and silky housemade pappardelle in a bright, fresh tomato sauce dotted with goat cheese. For dessert, we like to head over to Royal Crown Bakery (1350 Hylan Boulevard; 718/668-0284) for outstanding cannolis—fresh-fried pastry tubes piped with sweet ricotta laced with chocolate chips. The place shares a patio with its sister spot, Royal Cucina, where we pick up a hero for later: prosciutto, provolone, soppressata, capicola, mortadella, roasted peppers, you name it, on an Italian roll fresh from the bakery's oven.