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Worst slice of pizza in Manhattan

gutsofsteel Oct 18, 2011 03:42 AM

I nominate Sam's Famous Pizza on the corner of 116th Lex.

It's like eating a slice of papier mache with sugar water and latex on top of it.

Got out of the train there the other day, heard the guys speaking Italian behind the counter, felt like a slice....why not? Got my slice took a bite. Incredulous, I took another bite. I looked the older Italian guy in the face, scowled slightly, and threw the slice in the trash can as he watched. He shrugged his shoulders and I walked out.

Hall of shame.

Please nominate your candidates for worst pizza slice in Manhattan/pizza hall of shame here.

Sam's Famous Pizza
150 E 116th St, New York, NY 10029

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    Ricky RE: gutsofsteel Oct 18, 2011 07:00 AM

    Due Amici or New Amici. Thick bland slices even when made fresh.

    New Amici
    88 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Due Amici
    304 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014

    1. brancron RE: gutsofsteel Oct 18, 2011 07:39 AM

      I nominate Abitino's Pizza on 2nd Ave. When eating it I thought it must be some sort of homeopathic version of pizza, where the pizza flavor is intentionally diluted by 100x or so. It was disgustingly bland and awful.

      Abitino's Pizza
      733 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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        gort RE: gutsofsteel Oct 18, 2011 08:23 AM

        Cafe Amore on 14th Street is foul.

        Cafe Amore's
        104 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

        1. Motosport RE: gutsofsteel Oct 18, 2011 09:12 AM

          guts, if you are up in that area go to La Corsa on 110 off Lex. Excellent pizza and Italian entrees.

          La Corsa
          123 E 110th St, New York, NY 10029

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            uwsister RE: gutsofsteel Oct 18, 2011 06:36 PM

            Koronet Pizza on Broadway near Columbia University.

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              strangemd RE: uwsister Oct 19, 2011 03:50 PM

              +1 on Koronet for awfulness.
              And they've been feeding Columbia kids swill for 20 years.

              2848 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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                uwsister RE: strangemd Oct 20, 2011 05:53 PM

                I will say, I didn't know how horrible it was until I had a Koronet slice sober.

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                  strangemd RE: uwsister Oct 21, 2011 05:43 AM

                  My children, normally quite picky and big Motorino fans, have confessed they will occasionally consume Koronet slices at night---I immediately accused them of being in altered states and watched them hang their heads in shame.

                  2848 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                  349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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                    scubadoo97 RE: strangemd Oct 21, 2011 04:14 PM

                    That's really funny Smd

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                      uwsister RE: strangemd Oct 22, 2011 07:06 PM

                      LOL! You seem like a cool parent!

              2. visciole RE: gutsofsteel Oct 18, 2011 06:46 PM

                I'm embarrassed to say I've eaten a slice at BOTH New Amici on 3rd Ave and at Cafe Amore on Union Square.... and the slice at New Amici was fouler! So I can't agree that Cafe Amore is the worst. I'll stick with my old amici, thanks.

                1. NYJewboy RE: gutsofsteel Oct 19, 2011 01:32 PM

                  Great story. I love the sequence of eye contact, scowl, and trashed slice. The worst slice in NYC cannot rightly be determined, because so many places are terrible in exactly the same way. Tasteless processed cheese, tepid tasteless canned sauce, no discernible spices or any kind, pointlessly undramatic insubstantial crust that seems as if it would dissolve on contact with water.

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                    hon RE: gutsofsteel Oct 19, 2011 04:46 PM

                    TWO BOOTS, ewwww.

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                      small h RE: hon Oct 19, 2011 05:22 PM

                      If you think Two Boots is the worst slice in Manhattan, you've led a very blessed (and sheltered) life. I don't even think Koronet - slabs! - is all that bad, although I haven't had it since 1987, so it might be awful now. And I haven't eaten enough bad pizza - although I've eaten plenty - to accurately gauge the worst in Manhattan. But a place near me, which I will not name because it's run by really nice people and I don't want to be mean to them, serves a truly terrible slice. The tomato sauce tastes candied. The crust bears an uncomfortable resemblance to Play-Doh. And the mushrooms are not only canned, and poor quality canned at that, but I think they're also added to the slice after it comes out of the oven. That's some bad pizza.

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                        scoopG RE: small h Oct 19, 2011 06:00 PM

                        Thanks small h. I will make sure I avoid this place!

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                          princeofpork RE: scoopG Oct 19, 2011 06:18 PM

                          Avoid what place SmallH never said the name

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                            small h RE: princeofpork Oct 19, 2011 06:31 PM

                            Yes, I'm being very coy. But! 1) It's not that difficult to figure out where I live, since I often mention it in posts, and 2) there are only three pizza places I can walk to in <15 minutes, and 3) even if you accidentally eat one of these terrible slices, you're out, what? $2.50? You'll live. I'd be the first to call out a lousy-and-pricey place, but these are troubled times. Even bad pizza has its place, while bad multi-course tasting menus, not so much.

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                          gutsofsteel RE: small h Oct 19, 2011 06:21 PM

                          What is the point of mentioning a place that we should clearly avoid if you're not going to say what place it is?

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                            small h RE: gutsofsteel Oct 19, 2011 07:48 PM

                            The point is this: I am extremely willing - eager, even - to shame a place if I think it's purposefully ripping people off by cynically serving awful food at escalated prices to unwitting diners. However, I am unwilling to call out a place that's simply incompetent when I believe it's making a sincere, if unsuccessful, effort to please. Thus, I'll describe a subpar slice to give an example of what I think a subpar slice is, without going so far as to endanger the welfare of the subpar slice seller in question. And in the extraordinarily unlikely event that you actually stumble across the place I referred to, and eat there, and hate it, I will personally refund your $2.50 and throw in a homemade tomolive, because I have extra.

                            1. re: small h
                              MVNYC RE: small h Oct 20, 2011 08:34 PM

                              Small h, Thank you for posting this. Too many people come on the internet to complain about perceived slights. They don't realize that they are slighting honest independent business owners that are trying to do well. Not everybody is about ripping people off. Your attitude is refreshing

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                                small h RE: MVNYC Oct 22, 2011 01:54 PM

                                I appreciate the support, and I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who feels this way.

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                                  gutsofsteel RE: small h Oct 22, 2011 04:11 PM

                                  If you don't want to say something negative about a bad place, just don't say anything...

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                                    small h RE: gutsofsteel Oct 22, 2011 04:53 PM

                                    I feel slightly bad about slightly hijacking this thread, because that wasn't my intention. But the knee-jerk "Two Boots!" response set me off (I am confident that you understand this, since I've seen you display a healthy dollop of exasperation during similar exchanges about other restaurants). And then I felt I ought to make some sort of contribution other than "Oh, shut up, Two Boots may not be to your taste, but 'worst slice'? please." So I did. I was trying to add value, not intrigue, though, and I (slightly) regret that I ended up adding more of the latter than the former.

                                2. re: MVNYC
                                  uwsister RE: MVNYC Oct 22, 2011 07:15 PM

                                  I don't think anybody here is saying these places are ripping people off or have terrible service or anything of that sort - people are simply saying these places have bad-tasting pizza. Nothing more, nothing less. Good or bad, the point of Chowhound is to share our experiences and tips about food - so we can make "every bite count" in our pursuit of deliciousness. If small h doesn't want to share his/her "worst slice of pizza," fine, but I dislike the notion that those of us who did share are somehow "slighting honest independent business owners that are trying to do well."

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                                    brancron RE: uwsister Nov 1, 2011 03:11 PM

                                    Amen to this. While it's probably true that the majority of bad pizza places are ultimately controlled by people who don't give a shit about good pizza, that whole question is ultimately irrelevant. Consumer demand should be (but isn't always) for GOOD pizza, and if it is, then (assuming free market principles) bad pizza suppliers will DIE, regardless of their motivations. And that is a beautiful thing!

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                                  Kurtis RE: small h Oct 21, 2011 11:45 AM


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                                kathryn RE: small h Oct 19, 2011 08:10 PM

                                Is it Rosario's? We used to love their slices a few years ago. Then one day we came in and the crust height had seemingly tripled overnight. The slices had no char at all. Everything was just bad -- too thick crust, way too much cheese, poor quality ingredients. The crust was so thick we wondered if we'd fallen down a rabbit hole to some other universe. My husband choked most of his down, maybe 70%, (he was really hungry) before throwing it away.

                                Rosario's Pizza
                                173 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

                                1. re: kathryn
                                  small h RE: kathryn Oct 20, 2011 11:36 AM

                                  It isn't, but I'm sorry to hear the place has gone downhill. And now I'm trying to think of a time I actually threw a piece of pizza away. I can't. I guess I've never pizza so bad I couldn't eat it.

                                2. re: small h
                                  uwsister RE: small h Oct 20, 2011 05:58 PM

                                  Two Boots is pretty bad - their success truly baffles me.

                                  I will say, though - if you aren't going to name your nominee for the worst pizza, you were probably better off not posting in the first place. Isn't it in the spirit of Chowhound, sharing places that are good AND bad with fellow 'hounds? I highly doubt my nomination for Koronet will impact their business in any way - most people aren't gonna look up Chowhound when they're grabbing a slice from a neighborhood/passing pizza joint.

                                  1. re: uwsister
                                    small h RE: uwsister Oct 20, 2011 07:40 PM

                                    I'm better off not posting in the first place? How? Maybe you know something I don't, but my life has not changed for the worse since yesterday, as far as I can tell.

                                    I explained my reasoning upthread. And you're of course free to agree or disagree with it.

                                3. re: hon
                                  LeahBaila RE: hon Oct 21, 2011 10:47 AM

                                  A second for Two Boots.

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                                    gutsofsteel RE: WilliamHoldenCaulfield Oct 21, 2011 07:07 PM

                                    I loathe the Two Boots crust.

                                    1. re: WilliamHoldenCaulfield
                                      uwsister RE: WilliamHoldenCaulfield Oct 22, 2011 07:17 PM

                                      I think their crust is HORRIBLE. Of course, YMMV and all that.

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                                        AdamD RE: WilliamHoldenCaulfield Nov 2, 2011 06:50 AM

                                        I happen to like the two boots tony clifton slice-its different and yummy.
                                        Worst pizza? I think you have to base your decision on a fresh slice as so many places serve slices that have been sitting around.

                                        My vote is for the 99 cent places near third ave and grand central. Even right out of the oven the slices have no flavor except the plastic cheese.

                                      2. re: hon
                                        visciole RE: hon Oct 21, 2011 03:25 PM

                                        Wow, now I've eaten at three of these bad places! IMO Two Boots is not as bad as New Amici. New Amici still wins. But I will say I do not like Two Boots!

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                                        gonnif RE: gutsofsteel Oct 23, 2011 02:18 PM

                                        Not a destination or anything, but I live in Tribeca and Tribeca Pizza is just plain awful. Thick, overly sweat crust, too much cheese, all served in a dirty, overpriced and hostile environment. It's like they're just daring you to hate them, but they survive based on their proximity to both Citigroup and hungry moms/nannies and kids. Yikes!

                                        Tribeca Pizzeria
                                        378 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

                                        1. princeofpork RE: gutsofsteel Nov 2, 2011 06:35 AM

                                          One of the 99 cent slice places just opened on my corner. I would equate the quality to be somewhere around Elios, the frozen pizza I ate as a kid. Which is not to say terrible but not great. However, the place is slammed at lunch because you can get 4-5 slices for the equivelent price of 2 slices at a "standard" pizza place. Its certainly nott as good but it serves a purpose. Same as the hot dog cart. However, the slices are certainly not anywhere near the "worst" slide in NYC.

                                          1. AdrienneK RE: gutsofsteel May 11, 2012 09:13 AM

                                            I think Two 'N A Can on 6th Ave and 38th is TERRIBLE. The pizza was lukewarm and limp, the crust just tasted like dough and the sauce tasted like they dumped splenda in it. Really disliked it - the slice was a buck though!


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