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best east village pizza

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new to the neighborhood, looking for a great pizza spot (besides una pizza) that preferably delivers. anyone have any favorites?

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  1. Luzzo's (but crust often lacks salt, and might get a bit soggy on the way there, but the topping combinations are quite interesting)
    Vinny Vincenz (the regular pie is better when ordered well-done, the square pizza is very good)
    Artichoke (are they delivering yet? I don't like the artichoke or regular slices that much, only the square)

    Never been really happy with Muzzarella or Lil' Frankie's. Pizza Shop has whole wheat crust, which is different, but not really comparable to the others. It's decent enough.

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    1. re: kathryn

      The Pizza Shop offers a whole wheat crust, but I've only had the traditional crust. I definitely recommend it--it's my current favorite pizza in the city, and as a native New Yorker I have high standards. My favorite is their special Melanzane--fried eggplant, ricotta and fresh basil. It's the closest a pizza has come to bringing me to tears...fresh garlic, spinach, and grilled chicken is also delicious. Delivery takes a while, but I usually pick my pizzas up.

    2. Depends where in EV you are but I like Posto (thin crust) and Muzzarella -- good plain, good square.

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      1. re: Sugar

        As other replies have noted Gruppo is another option (sister restaurant of Posto).

      2. Stromboli is pretty good, not sure about delivery.
        We also sometimes go to Gruppo for super thin crust, but it's definitely better in the restaurant than delivered.

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        1. re: maggiej

          Stromboli is OK to good for the margherita ONLY. Every other type of slice I've tried has been far inferior to the margherita.

          To tekno: I've never gotten pizza delivery here, but my last experience with Luzzo's was VERY BAD (totally rotten salad I sent back, just OK pizza). I think the best pizza I've had in the neighborhood recently was at Cacio e Vino, but I have no idea whether they deliver.

          1. re: Pan

            Although some thought it was quite good when it opened and then went downhill, while others havent ever liked it, several trusted folk have told me that Luzzo isnt good now. But did I listen??? Nope. So, last night 3 of us went and had dinner. We wont be back.

            The pizza was adequate (ok ham, nice arugula, ehh cheese, very bland tomato sauce, ehh crust) but nothing more. How you can get this mediocrity from a coal oven is a mystery. The fried artichoke app. was ok. The silver anchovies were good but nothing that cant be bought anywhere else. Neither had any presentation or creativity or added value, each sitting on a "bed" (ok a lump) of greenery on a plate, period. The caesar salad would be a disaster in any diner... iceberg lettuce, watered down tasteless dressing, bad croutons. The pasta dish (paparadelle with sausage)was small for the price but was the best of everything we ordered, although not as good as a dozen other Village places. The wine didnt suck but came from a $6 retail bottle for $9/glass. Bottom line: I didnt like it. At all.

        2. I don't think Artichoke is delivering yet, but it's my favorite pizza in the east village (when the line isn't too long). The artichoke slice shouldn't be missed. Also great is Gruppo, on Ave. B and 13th; very thin crust with fresh ingredients and great custom choices. They do deliver, but I recommend calling if the food hasn't arrived with in 30 minutes because they forgot my order once.

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          1. re: squiff1

            Totally agree on Gruppo - but agree with the poster that said it is best enjoyed in the restaurant (as most pizza is)....and the place itself is nice and laid back, with an affordable wine list to enjoy with your pie. enjoy!

            1. re: squiff1

              Yup re Gruppo. Great pizza, but the one time I called for delivery, I walked over after about 45 minutes and found it sitting cold on the counter.

              1. re: douglas525

                Another vote for Gruppo if you want a thin crispy crust and room to sit down. I'm also a big fan of Artichoke's Sicilian square pie, but not so much the actual Artichoke pizza.

                1. re: douglas525

                  Gruppo and Posto are very good and I've never had delivery issues.

                  1. re: D...DF

                    Another data point that deliveries (frequent!) have been fine.

              2. Two Boots on Ave A and 2nd (not sure, within a block or two) has a style that's a bit off the beaten path. Good for a change of pace once in a while. But I've been disappointed ever since they removed the green jalapeno-flavored slice from their menu. I've been to the one on Ave A and 7th Ave, and neither one has that anymore.

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                1. re: nooyawka

                  I never got in to Two Boots. Pizza is messy enough without having to worry about wiping cornmeal crumbs off of your lap. However, I do know plenty of people who rave about it.


                2. Call me old fashioned, but I love Sal's on 6th & A. Simple, great pizza...


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                    1. re: thursdayclubjason

                      Sals used to be great. When it was across the street next to Niagra. That bacon pepperoni combo was a stroke of brilliance. Something got lost in the move though. It was never in the Una Pizza league, but had its own merits as a highly cravable hangover slice. More about what was on the crust than the crust itself. Great sauce too. My fallback hangover slice is now Moon Pie on C.

                      I also have to defend Lil Frankies. I love their (perpetually available) prociutto arugula special. I could eat that every day. If I'm the only person who feels this way, so be it, more for me. The wait is still crazy there on a weekend though, so I can't be alone.

                      Luzzos is good but not enough to get me to walk the extra 10 blocks up from Lil Frankies.

                      And Gruppo? I found it really disappointing. Sometimes a crust can be too thin.

                      1. re: _emilie_

                        Gruppo is way too expensive. Doesn't make sense to pay that much for pizza.

                        my foodie blog: http://www.thursdayclubnyc.com

                    2. We love the pizza at Gnocco on 10th bet/Ave A & B. They are thin crust and individual sizes. Don't know about delivery.

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                      1. re: synergy

                        I personally like Luzzo's. I've been there several times and the pizza has been great. It really depends on what kind of pizza you like. Luzzo's pizza is chewy with a medium crust. Posto is thin and cracker like. Artichoke is still pick up only....their pizza is good when you're drunk but otherwise you realize how greasy and burnt it is.

                      2. First, let me say that I'm a native New Yorker, and I set high standards for my pizza.

                        Second, to answer your question: The Pizza Shop. I ordered a pie from there for the first time a month ago, and I've been back twice a week since. They have a whole wheat crust option, but I haven't tried it. Stick to the traditional cheese pizza. Your taste buds will thank you.

                        It's hard to say what's so great about the pizza. Basically it's just a typical New York pie, but all the elements are a little bit better than you'll get at most other places, and the whole is even more delicious than the sum of its parts. The crust is crispy and not too thick (though I wouldn't call this a thin crust place), the sauce is well flavored, and the toppings are always fresh and, well, thoughtful. The pie you get has a well-proportioned balance of elements--an underrated quality in a pizza. I loved their special special melanzane, with breaded eggplant, ricotta, garlic & fresh basil. I'm still having dreams about it. I also loved a spinach, fresh garlic, fresh tomato, and grilled chicken pie that I made up. If I could serenade a pizza I would. Mariachi band and all.

                        The people behind the counter are nice and interesting to talk to. The owner of the place also makes the pizza and seems to take a lot of pride in it.

                        This post requires a couple of caveats: First, I've never gone in for just a slice, so I can only speak to the magnificence of the whole, fresh pies. Second, I've only ever picked up the pizza, so I have no idea if they're speedy with their delivery. Happy eating.

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                        1. re: SmallGoodThings

                          Welcome to Chowhound. I look forward to more such detailed recommendations from you.