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Dec 25, 2007 09:36 AM

Looking for pizza near 12th and Broadway

We are visiting for a few days. Any recommendations for good New York style pizza within walking (or a short train ride) of this location? Thanks in advance for your time.

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  1. I'm sure you'll generate a variety of opinions on this, but for my money, I would head to Lombardi's at 32 Spring Street, Little Italy (about a mile away from 12th and Broadway). I think they serve the best pizzas in NY, although I'm sure others would vote for Grimaldi's. But don't go unless you want pizza, as that is pretty much all they serve other than a few salad choices. Never tried it, but I hear their white pizza with clams is superb.

    1. Piola is at that location (48 E. 12th). It's pizza is a bit more Italian style (thinner crust) but pretty good if you don't feel like traveling.

      1. It depends on what you mean by NY style. Patsy's a few blocks over on 10th and University is very good, pizza. It is a mini chain so some may argue against it, but the wood burning oven pizza with yummy crust and fresh cheese is great. You must oder full pies though.

        I am also a fan of Pinch (I think that is the right name) a block the other way from your location, 4th avenue and 12th. You buy the pizza "by the inch" and it is also very fresh and not too greasy tasting. It is one of my favorites.

        Finally for something more upscale, Mario Batalli's Otto is also close.

        As for for the previous suggestions, Lombardi's is often touted as one of the best places in the city and is a walk or short ride away, but I was disappointed when I went and found the pizza a bit undercooked. I may have gone on an off night. Piola is actually a Europian chain and I have not found it very good. It is not NY style at all.

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        1. re: maxine

          John's on Bleecker east of 7th Ave. Pies only. Two Boots at 74 Bleecker, east of Broadway. Ray's on 11th St and 6th Ave.

          1. re: maxine

            Piola is an Italian chain. The pizza I had there was good, *not* NY style, more toward Otto's, but slightly thicker crust. It's definitely not the best pizza in NY, but its certainly better than most.
            From my experiences, Patsy's on University can be pretty terrible. It has one of the most flavorless, watery pizza's I've ever had, especially since they don't quite get that fresh mozzarella needs salt on it to taste remotely palatable on a pizza. And they're totally moronic when it comes to delivery, being one of the only pizza places in my neighborhood that won't deliver a large pie, since it doesn't meet their price minimum. Brilliant business sense!

          2. I haven't seen much enthusiasm for any place other then my rec on Lombardis. They do brick oven pizzas and have been around for about 100 years. I have NEVER had an undercooked pizza there, but if I did, I would simply ask them to take it back and return it to the over for a few minutes. Plus you get the added benefit of being able to walk around what's left of Little Italy. Their pizza is outstanding. Whatever you do, if you see the words "famous" or "Rays" in the name, run away as fast as you can...