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Feb 6, 2014 12:10 PM

Best pizza in Little Italy?

Out-of-towners visiting me who would enjoy Little Italy, and have expressed desire for excellent pizza. Suggestions?

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  1. In my experience the "best" pizza is not in Little Italy.
    That's not to say you can't get good pizza there.

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      1. re: jackiechow

        John's on Bleecker
        All different, all fabulous!!
        In Brooklyn Lucali but be prepared to wait.

    1. No one 'enjoys' Little Italy. They tolerate it when tourists request it.

      1. Can you do Nolita instead? Rubirosa, Peasant, L'asso?

        Avoid Lombardi's. If you get dragged there ask for your pie well done, otherwise it is often a soggy mess.

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        1. re: kathryn

          I don't tell people that Rubirosa is Nolita. I tell them it is Little Italy. Then I tell them about Gotti and the Ravenite Social club further up the block and they are satisfied it is Little Italy. And they love the pizza as well as the rest of the menu.

              1. re: kathryn

                Although Lombardi's is not what it once was. If you don't get too many items on the pizza, I don't find it soggy at all. I find it crisp. Not cripsy cracker-like Rubirosa. I think Lombardi would be a fine choice " in" Little Italy. It's so close to Little Italy it might as well be called Little Italy. I've never tried pizza at Peasant or Lasso. I did have the soggiest pie ever at Motorino, it was the Cremini mushroom pie. The margherita is always crispy, but this mushroom pie was a big disappointment and when I complained they told me the mushroom pie is always like that.

                1. re: foodwhisperer

                  I second this.

                  I personally think the cracker stuff Rubirosa serves is sauce on cardboard, and pretty silly. It's a very taste specific place.

                  Both locations were really Little Italy at one time. Scorsese grew up on Elizabeth, right by there, for example.

                  I'm told there is actually a family run pizza place in the touristy streets of Little Italy, where they make their own fresh Mozz, and all that, but I never found out the name...I just know somewhere in there, a place exists, and it's supposed to be excellent.

                  1. re: sugartoof

                    Well, what's a pizza post on Chowhound without a disagreement? Don't say silly, because that is generally defined as: foolish, stupid, unintelligent, idiotic, brainless, mindless, witless. All that matters is taste, and I very much enjoy the taste. Is it a different style, sure.As is the giant puffy crust and paper thin middle of a Motorino/Naples style pie.
                    I know of no such secret pizza spot,probably just another urban myth. The two places in the area that make their own fresh mozzarella, Alleva and DiPalo do not make pizza. If anyone knows the secret, please share.

                    1. re: stuartlafonda

                      I haven't cracked the riddle but I know the place exists because a former employer vouched for it.

                      I do find the Rubirosa pizza silly. Doesn't mean I think you're silly for liking it. I've enjoyed similar pizza over the years but this lacked flavor and represented a bad rendition of this style. I tried the vodka, and one other.

                2. re: kathryn

                  We had a super pizza at Rubirosa today for lunch. And I told them this story :) They enjoyed it. Will post more later.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    Really, really like this pizza. And just had reheated leftovers. Super thin crust but not as described by someone. We had the supreme which is tomato, mozzarella, pepperoni, mini-meatballs and roasted garlic. I highly recommend them and I think you CHs SO much for the rec.

                3. Rubirosa 235 Mulberry street.

                  1. Lombardi's, 23 Spring Street.