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Quick review: Lazzarra's

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This is a great spot on 38th between 7th and 8th. Wonderful grandma slices (we ordered them well-done) in a sit-down spot up stairs from the street that make you feel like you're stepping into a slightly hidden world. The crust is deliciously crunchy, the vegetables fresh, and the sauce spiced heartily. The pizza is visually as well as orally appealing.

Highly recommended...

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  1. I agree. Its so different from all the other pizza in the city. Fantastic.

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    1. re: UES eater

      any idea why they do not have pizza on the dinner menu? anyways, had an excellent chicken parm hero yesterday at lunch. highly recommended!

      1. re: TBird

        They have pizza on their dinner menu... I've had pizza here several times for dinner.

        1. re: rebus03

          you are correct. i am not sure why i was confused about it. d'oh!

    2. Totally agree -- Lazzarra's is great. Love the pizza, but the real stars for me are the parm heroes -- chicken, meatball, and sausage, in that order of preference.

      1. Good grandma slice. Also in that genre (i.e. grandma) you might like Vinny Vincenz, Adriennes, Bleecker Street, Maffei's, Jianetto's Truck, Muzzarella, L&B and DiFara's in Brooklyn and Rosa's in Queens.

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        1. re: guttergourmet

          Adrienne's?

          1. re: financialdistrictresident

            You live in the Financial District and don't know Adrienne's Pizza Bar?

            1. re: big o

              I know to avoid it. They need to work on their service.

              1. re: financialdistrictresident

                Ah, I see. I've never really had an issue -- and the pizza's pretty damn good.

                1. re: big o

                  ive been eating pizza for over 40 yrs. but what exactly is a grandma slice.

                  1. re: ricky7

                    Thin square sicilian style invented, I believe, on Long Island.

                    1. re: guttergourmet

                      Wait...what? I thought grandma is thick Sicilian square with less cheese and lots of tomatoes and garlic. Rocco's on 7th Ave does an excellent version...

                      1. re: a_and_w

                        ahhh was just considering lazzarra's for lunch. this is a sign. i'm going in...

                        1. re: TBird

                          and in i went. split a chicken parm hero and 1/2 classico (pepperoni/mushroom) pie with my wife. today was a good day. :-)

                          1. re: TBird

                            I forgot to mention I usually get a grandma slice as an app and a chicken parm hero for the main course.

                        2. re: a_and_w

                          You are partially right that certain places put less cheese, e.g. L&B Spumoni and Jianetto'sTruck and Rosa's. But it is thin not thick like the traditional sicilian slices. Ed Levine's "A Slice of Heaven" glossary defines a grandma as "a sparsely topped, thin-crusted, crisped bottomed rectangular pie cooked on a Sicilian pan." Originally found in Queens and LI, it has become ubiquitous.

                          1. re: guttergourmet

                            Fascinating! So then is this technically the style of pie that Lazzarra's serves? I always struggled to categorize it...

                            1. re: a_and_w

                              i really like the atmosphere and it has some sort of secret discovery feeling going on.....i always wish the food was a bit better but it's fine. and tho i don't eat meat, i've heard the chicken parm sandwich is considered one of the greats in the city so i've sent others specifically for that.

                              1. re: a_and_w

                                Yes. Another place known for their grandma slice near Lazzara's is Maffei's on Sixth Avenue at 22nd. Bleecker Street Pizza even sold me a pink "I Love My Grandma" t-shirt for my daughter to go with their most popular grandma slice.

                                1. re: guttergourmet

                                  Maffei's version is great, but I urge you to try the grandma at Rocco's. A little less cheese with a fresher and more garlicky tomato sauce.

                                  1. re: a_and_w

                                    I will try Rocco's but wondering if you're describing sfincione, another sicilian pizza variation-no cheese, onions and bread crumbs which I still need to try at Rosa's in Maspeth.

                                    1. re: guttergourmet

                                      I'm pretty sure it's a grandma. It's called that and closely resembles the Maffei version but with less cheese.

                                      1. re: a_and_w

                                        On my way.

                                        1. re: guttergourmet

                                          Rocco's-enjoyed the "gramma" slice very much. Sweet crushed tomatoes. On a par with Maffei's. If you like that style try Jianetto's Pizza Truck or L&B.

                                          1. re: guttergourmet

                                            i just gave the nicely seasoned meatball parm a run. definately recommended.