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Pizza in the same vein as Lombardi's, John's but w/ reservations?

I know true 00 flour, Neapolitan-style pizza is what everyone wants these days (I enjoy it too), but what if I'm looking for a thicker, hearty (perhaps less authentic, you can argue) experience? For a birthday dinner, I'm trying to find pizza more in the style of Lombardi's, Arturo's or John's of Bleecker St., that sized-for-two experience with satisfyingly cheesy and hearty pizza, BUT that takes reservations (I can only imagine the wait with a party of 8 on a Sat night). Any suggestions?

I have a standing reservation at Forcella, which I definitely want to try, but I'm thinking it might be too dainty and not as "comforting" enough for a big party. I'm definitely not looking for bad pizza - need something great. Thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. Jane, this suggestion is not exactly the pizza what you asked for, but Cacio e Vino has pizza (as well as Sicilian food) and i thought of it because while it's a cozy space they usually are very good about finding space for groups...

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    Cacio e Vino
    80 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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    1. re: Simon

      Ha, I was actually considering that! We've actually been there a few times, but never had the pizza, I don't think. Was just wary of the prices (seem a bit high) and the lack of mention on the trusty ol' Chow board. Thanks Simon!

      1. re: janethepain

        i haven't had the pizza in a long time, but it was good when i tried it a few years ago...Cacio e Vino is often my recommendation for groups, since it has dishes that satisfy all sorts of eaters (i.e. vegetarians/carnivores, people who want regional Sicilian dishes/people who want a more simple pasta or pizza, etc)...come to think of it, i'm overdue for a meal there -- maybe will go there in the next couple days :)

    2. Coal oven pie and a place that takes reservations? Tough one. I believe Patsy's in East Harlem will take one for a group your size.

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      Patsy's Pizzeria
      2287 1st Ave, New York, NY 10035

      1. Doesn't Arturo's take reservations?

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        Arturo's
        106 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

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        1. re: tex.s.toast

          Yeah, it does, but some very recent poor reviews (on 2nd page here) make me hesitate....

        2. Nicks on 2nd Ave and 94th has good brick oven pizza in your style range, plus other Italian family standards all decently-to-well-prepared. They're used to groups and celebrations.

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          Nick's
          1814 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

          1. Not a traditional NY coal fired experience, but I recently had dinner at Zero Otto Nove's downtown location and was really pleased. The pie is somewhere in between neopolitan and ny style, smaller but not personal sized, variety of old school and more adventurous toppings (we thought their version of the pizza de la papa wasnt as good as kestes but it was very good) and as a bonus their other food was excellent, we trieda coulple apps and the braciole was incredible, the tomato sauce/gravy was to die for. It wasn't my pick, but i was very pleased with the experience generally, the tables were really widely spaced for a manhattan restaurant and my only knock was that the service was a bit solicitous (very nice but not my style, for example they serve each person from the plate that the food comes out on, i suppose i could have asked them not to but it didnt occur to me until afterwards).

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            Zero Otto Nove
            15 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010