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Best Pizza Margherita

Ok, I know that the ever present debate of NY's best Pizza place is never ending and all over Chow.com, but what about the best pizza margherita? I'm talking about crust that's paper thin and blistering, simple but tasty tomato sauce without going overboard, and cheese. I've had pizza all over manhattan but I'm yet to find anything like what I had in Italy. Any suggestions?

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  1. have you tried Motorino? Sam Sifton just reviewed it in the Times this week. i know many of us have issues with his writing/reviewing style, but he sounded pretty jazzed about their margherita. my guess is that it's similar to what Mangieri was doing at Una Pizza Napoletana.

    "But, wow, that margherita pie is good: perfect-pitch dough with exactly the correct ratios of tomato to cheese to surface area to char to bubble and flat."

    note: i haven't tried it myself. as a celiac sufferer, i'm reduced to living vicariously through my more fortunate, gluten-eating fellow CHers!

    you can also search for reviews of La Pizza Fresca - i've heard good things. and i could swear i read here on CH that one of the Tuscan restaurants downtown (Peasant, maybe?) does an amazing, authentic margherita like what you'd get in Naples.

    1. My choice by far would be Keste especially since Una Pizza Napoletana is gone. In fact, you made a good choice by asking about margheritas specifically because I think that's the best choice at Keste. Nice and simple but pizza that will knock you on the floor.

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        1. re: CantStopEating

          I will 3rd Keste! I'm just back from Italy and did not find pizza as good as Keste's margherita--And I surely tried :(

          1. re: CantStopEating

            Definitely Keste! The one with buffalo mozz. Yum!
            Also liked Luzzo's.

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            Luzzo's
            211 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

          2. We went to both Motorino and Luzzo last week. Both were excellent! The Motorino crust was a little 'bready' but in a very good way, and every flavor on the Marguerita was distinct- a definite plus.Having dined once at UPN I can only say, thank goodnesss they are gone. The pizza might have been highly touted (altho it seemed mediocre to me) but refusing to serve tap water was so obnoxious it soured the whole experience. Luzzo was jammed and the pizza was very hearty. The restaurant has a larger menu than Motorino so ,unlike Motorino- you can have pasta too. I highly recommend both of them..

            1. I feel Co. serves up some of the best pizzas in the city. I visited Motorino in Brooklyn and it wasn't up to par. The pizzas weren't anything special and the Soppressata in the Soppressata Piccante pizza was very dry and almost stale. The only thing at Co. is the wait for a table can be a bit long since they don't take reservations, but its 100% worth it!

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              1. re: alessandroacq

                I completely agree. I love Keste and Co. Didn't really enjoy Motorino.

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                Motorino
                349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

              2. Based on the OP's description of their ideal, I think La Pizza Fresca will be the safest bet.
                Their crust has a bit of chew and lighter bake to it, which might be of a different tradition than they like, but it's still a good bet.

                1. I think Otto's margherita is one of the best pizza options on their menu, and for my money has the best-seasoned, though still very simple, sauce in town. ive been more or less happy with various of the nuovi pies, but think that for a classic, tomatoe and mozz pie they do a good job.

                  then again, im currently in love with the marinara pizza at motorino which is just thier totally awesome crust w a tiny schmear of sauce, garlic slices and fresh oregano. no cheese, no meat, just perfectly blistered ultra crisp crust. i guess you could say a pizza wihtout cheese isnt a pizza but between the super chinsy portions of buffalo mozz ive seen, or the opposite problem where the toppings drag down and sogg-out the crust, its a refreshing (and great) way to taste my favorite crust in the city.

                  1. Celeste on Amsterdam between 84th and 85th (http://www.yelp.com/biz/celeste-resta...) has AMAZING pizza. The owner told us that he goes to Italy every month to get new ideas. And if you are there, you have to try their homeade gelato made by the owners cousin. It is cash only though. I also love Pasty's Pizza on Columbus and 84th street. Not as good as Celeste though.

                    1. Keste, Motorino, Paulie Gee's...

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                      Keste Pizza & Vino
                      271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

                      Motorino
                      349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

                      Paulie Gee's
                      60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                      1. hungry_fox, I hope you don't mind me stealing your post for the Outer-Borough board: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/714769 I'm dying to find out where in Brooklyn one can get the best margherita pizza.

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                        1. re: Noodle fanatic

                          Motorino on Graham in Williamsburg sets the standard. Roberta's in Bushwick does a damn good pie as well. Paulie Gee's is good too but way too salty for my taste. Too bad.

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                          Motorino
                          349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

                        2. We've been to most of the great pizza places in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Never had a bad slice but there are some that I like better than others. From your description it sounds to me like you would like John's Pizza on Bleecker St or Totonno's on 2nd Av and 22nd?? All of the other recs are great too. I prefer Totonno's in Coney Island but that's out of the way. I hear wonderful things about Lucali in Cobble Hill Brooklyn but haven't made it there yet. They are only open for dinner.

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                          Totonno's
                          1544 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                          1. re: Motosport

                            John's makes a margherita? It's just a thin crust cheese pizza.

                            1. re: sugartoof

                              As the OP described.
                              "I'm talking about crust that's paper thin and blistering, simple but tasty tomato sauce without going overboard, and cheese"
                              It does not sound like a Margherita to me either.

                              1. re: Motosport

                                Why not? Motorino, or Totonno's fits that description with their's. John's is obviously just a different style. Maybe the OP would like it, but if someone was searching for a Margherita, John's isn't the spot for them.

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                                Totonno's
                                1544 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

                                Motorino
                                349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

                                1. re: sugartoof

                                  So many choices, so little time. I love NY!!

                                  1. re: Motosport

                                    It's true! And new ones popping up all the time. It's hard to keep up even if you live here. What a great time, especially for a pizza lover.

                          2. Saraghina in Bed Stuy has a great one along with a menu of non-pizza items that change daily are are always excellent. My new go-to spot.