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Best place for pizza in Manhattan/ Little Italy?

Anyone got any suggestions for me please?

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  1. This is an endless source of argument for a tirelessly argumentative group.

    HOWEVER: It's widely acknowledged that Lombardi's is very, very good. And it's also very close to Little Italy... being on the corner of spring and mott st. If I were in little italy, I would suggest it. But you need to be prepared to wait a bit for your table, at almost any time of day.

    1. There are a ton of threads about this. Here is some advice before you search.

      1. Decide whether you want to eat a slice (best gotten at informal pizzerias) or a whole pie (best gotten at restaurants with waiters).

      2. Decide whether you want a traditional triangle slice with processed cheese or an untraditional slice ("fresh mozzarella" "Grandma slice" "ziti slice" "layered slice" etc.)

      3. Restaurants with coal ovens, which generate intense heat, seem to make the best whole pies. And there are not many of these places. Patsy's in Harlem, Lombardi's, John's, Angelo's, and a few others have coal ovens.

      4. A few places make Naples like pizza (vs. New York like pizza). They have to be certified by some committee in Italy (or something like that). Naples 45 has been certified and is very good. Pizza Fresca has been certified, and is only OK, IMHO.

      If you are wedded to Little Italy, the Lombardi's suggestion is great. It is located in what used to be Little Italy and a few blocks from the authentic (now diminished) Little Italy. If you want a slice in Little Italy, go to Sal's on Broome Street. Their crust really stands out to me as high quality and not mall-pizza-Pillsbury-canned-dough-chain-like.

      1. I love L'asso. It is on the corner of Mott and Kenmare putting it on the border of Nolita/Little Italy. The have an amazing D.O.C. pizzas, which are genuine Neapolitan pizzas made according to Italian law with ingredients such as buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil. These pizzas are cut into sqares and crust is very crispy, unlike Lombardi's, which is on the same block. Sooo good. Plus they have non D.O.C. pizzas that are round; some are more traditional, others more gourmet. Nice atmosphere too with an open kitchen.

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        1. re: wlark

          I second L'asso, their pizza is really tasty. I've heard good things about their nutella dessert pizza too. Also a good back up if you can't stand the wait at Lombardi's as they're on the same block.

        2. What about Pizza Gruppo anyone? I'd love to hear your thoughts

          1. i would have to suggest lombardi's as well. the white pie is amazing as is the regular.

            1. One of my favorite pizzas is the Quatro Fromage Pizza at Da Nico's in Little Italy...Delicious!

              1. Lombardi's. There is no reason to look for another place in this neighborhood.

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                1. re: batterypark

                  They don't sell slices. That's one reason.

                  1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                    And one solid week later, we're still arguing... :-)

                    If the OP just wants to a quick drive-by pizza-by-the-slice experience, then Lombardi's definitely won't fit the bill. I took some Californians there last summer for a pizza dinner and they loved it.

                    They manage the line pretty well there, and I think it's safe to say that the wait time they quote you will be fairly accurate.

                2. I will also put in my vote for Lombardis, especially if you want to be in Little Italy. While it is not my favorite, I find that it is perfect for tourists who are walking around Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown. There is also some history to the place as well.

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                  1. re: Miss Needle

                    The history is short, as the original location is a block away (the bar Prohibition). But yes, the name (and maybe the recipe) is old. Some say they invented pizza.

                    1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                      I find lombardi's to be an exemplary new york style slice, but that's not to say It's my favorite pizza in new york. The one time I went just to check the place out, the pizza was fine but I'm kind of opposed to waiting 30 minutes for a seat at a new york style pizzeria, but on top of that the service was horrible.

                      While it is a pizzeria and brusque efficient service should be expected (appluaded even), lombardi's servers were so harried that a piece of tomato from my caprese flew off my plate and onto the table when presented. I turned around in shock but the runner was already gone. The waitress spoke but one sentence the entire night, informed me that I couldn't add toppings to the clam pie(why? I wanted some pancetta), never offered drink refills(which aren't free, btw), water never got refilled, etcetera.

                      Normally, service like that is the norm in a pizzeria, that's ok. However, a little hospitality detracts very little from table-turnover times, helps tip tremendously, and doesn't require that much effort. But all in all what really irked me is the food runner throwing the caprese onto my table, almost literally.

                      Will never go again- for good pizza I'll stick to my beloved difara's which I see on a regular basis going to my girlfriend's house.Next time I'm in the mood for pizza in that area, I'll hit L'asso which is down the block- this isn't a recommendation(yet) but the place looks good.

                    2. re: Miss Needle

                      I went to Lombardi's. It was awesome. Thank you.

                    3. Can anyone here confirm the existence of a coal fired oven at Lombardi's?

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