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Lombardi's- big disappointment...

So I tried the famous pizza from Lombardi's tonight and I have to say, it wasn't all that I expected it to be. I was pretty impressed with the tomato sauce but I'm quite disappointed overall. Crust was too chewy and soggy, and it just did not taste fresh at all.

I currently live in the east village and am wondering if there are any great pizza joints around here. My ideal slice is the perfect amount of fresh mozzarella, tasty tomato sauce (like the kind at Lombardi's), and crispiness. Crust can't be too thick either. Brick oven is ok but usually with brick oven, the crust tends to be too crispy and hard.

The one and only place that comes near to my ideal slice of pizza is Little Italy pizza place located on 33rd and 5th. Oh my goodness, the pizza here is AMAZING...especially the crust which has the perfect amount of crispiness. Love their sauce and cheese too. However, it's in midtown and I'm looking for a place closer to where I live to fill my frequent pizza cravings!

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  1. Arturo's on West Houston has the best NY style pizza in the neighborhood.

    1. stromboli on st marks. just a good neighborhood pizza joint

      1. You MUST always ask for your lombardis pie to be well done. I think they're always so jammed they just turn their pies out as fast as possible. I don't think it's the greatest place in the world but I live close enough for delivery and I always order from there and specify well done.

        I've got to disagree with both below. Arturo's is a good coal oven pizza though it's very greasy and certainly not crispy NY style. It's diff than Lombardi's but I don't like it quite as much.

        I still can't figure out Stromboli's. I think this place is average at best. Maybe if you're into those toppings loaded pies they serve that's fine, but I cannot agree with anyone saying their plain NY slice is better than avg. If chopped broccoli with chicken and onions piled onto a relatively meh NY style slice I think you'll be happy there.

        I should say for the record that Joe's on Carmine is far and away my favorite slice, followed I guess by Sacco over on 9th and 54th or maybe Mimi's on 84th (but I grew up eating that slice so I'm biased).

        For a thin NY slice like those but down near you I'd say Ray's on Prince is good enough IF you're there for the gray haired skinny guy. There's 2 gray hair guys and the dude who's there on weekdays after 6 is the best. There's quite a big difference between he and the others.

        Still I order lombardis. Forget all they hype and it's still a very good place and delivery is fast. Remember specify well done and you'll see a big improvement.

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        1. re: 2slices

          I agree with you on Lombardis and Joe's. You have to order Lombardis pie well done, it may come a bit charred, but that's fine for me. I prefer extra thin crust like Joe's, so Lombardis isn't my favorite, but if you ask for garlic, they give you fresh and this is an added + for me. I also like my pie to have a bit of grease not an oil spill, but Joe's balances the grease well. I'd prefer a slice with garlic, from Joe's rather then a slice with garlic from Lombardis.

        2. If you can handle the brick oven crust, It sounds like Lil Frankies is what you're lookin' for and they are right at 1st and 1st. my fave. (patsy's is good too)

          1. I had a bad pizza at Lomabardi burnt. I come from Brooklyn and any pizza place would have done it better in the day

            1. I live in LA, just visited NYC and Lombardi's a week ago. Our pizza wasn't soggy at all, but I read a few review's complaining about it. It wasn't too crowded when we went (but by no means empty) so maybe things are different when the place is packed. Not a good excuse for a bad pizza. If the flavor was good and it's convenient for you, I'd say try again.

              1. I really like Patsy's on the Upper West Side. Great pizzas and salads!

                1. Agree with the "time of day" answer re Lombardi's.
                  Don't agree regarding the slice at Joe's at Carmine, at least for the last two years. Since the move a few doors down, either the staff is doing it differently or they've changed ovens, but now it's just a decent slice.
                  Patsy's (Harlem) is still worth a stop, even if some say it's not what it was (still great though).

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                  1. re: addictedtolunch

                    Lombardis is the biggest tourist trap in the NYC pizza world...they are seriously overrated...it's like eating those frozen pizzas you used to get in the school canteen as a kid...there pizzas suck big time and have done for many years. Arturos in the west village is soooooo much better...ditto a dozen other pie joints in manhattan and brooklyn...

                    1. re: Scotty100

                      Totally agreed. Lombardis use usually completely undercooked and I think it lacks flavor. There are certainly many many better places in New York.

                    2. re: addictedtolunch

                      They have always had the second location, at least since the mid 90s.

                      1. re: 2slices

                        Now the original spot is gone though. I have no idea if they kept the original oven in the move.

                    3. I love Pizza, I should say I love great Pizza. Nothing worse than bad pizza.
                      That being said, I found a great Pizza place. Unfortunatly it is in NJ but not far from the city. They are a decendent of the original Patsy's of Brooklyn. The name is "Brooklyn Pizza". They are in Hackensack right off RTE. 4. It is worth the trip, order it well done. The tomatoes they use are so good, I can't wait to go back.

                      1. You have to try Una Pizza Napoletana - it is right in your hood. Pretend it does not cost over $20 per pizza, but it is flat out the best pizza I have ever had (disclaimer: I have not yet made it out to DiFara's). Thin crust, awesome tomato, and great cheese. Throw in a little extra virgin and some basil and I am in pizza heaven.

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                        1. re: john

                          $20 for a PERSONAL PIZZA might I add.

                          1. re: john

                            Seconded. Una Pizza is my favorite pizza in NY right now. I've been to DiFara's several times, and it's also great, but in a different way. Una Pizza's pizza is subtle, really well balanced, and has the perfect crust, whereas DiFara's has a great crust but is substantially richer tasting.

                          2. Best Pizza in the East Vilage is Luzzo's, on 1 ave and 13th Street. I can't believe people mentioned Stromboli and other pedestrian "pizza".

                            1. What about NIcks? and adrienes?

                              1. How could Lombardi's not be a dissapointment? It's tourist garbage. Go to Patsy's in East Harlem for what is effectively a dice roll as to whether or not you'll get an edible pie. Go to Di Fara in Brooklyn if you want real pizza.