23 Pizzerias In New York That Will Make You Say Mamma Mia
Share a slice of happiness to your travel buddies, with any of these remarkable pizzerias in New York!
New York, fittingly nicknamed as the foodie capital of the world, is bursting with world-class pizzerias that serve hearty and toothsome pies. From small joints with the quintessential New York slice to large chains serving one-of-a-kind varieties (like the deep-fried pizza), the options are practically endless, when it comes to pizzerias in New York. That’s why finding the best pizzerias in New York can be quite a tall order for anyone visiting “The Big Apple”.
Fortunately, we at Trekeffect will make things a lot easier on your end. After years of scouring the city’s streets and sampling a great deal of pies, we have come up with a list of the New York’s finest and most sought-after pizza joints. Here are the 25 pizzerias in New York that will make you say “mamma mia” or “delicioso”.
1. Joe’s Pizza
Start your trip to NYC with a blast by indulging on the meaty and filling classic New-York-style slice served at Joe’s Pizza in Carmine Street. For years, pizza freaks and food writers have raved about the joint’s scrumptious pizzas for its thin and crisp crust as well as it even layers of tomato sauce and cheese.
2. Mario’s Restaurant
Mario’s Restaurant is a charming and old-fashioned family-owned restaurant that will put you into a state of euphoria with its crisp and light pie covered in a fresh and distinctive tomato sauce.
3. Lombardi’s Coal Oven Pizza
Known as one of the best and oldest coal-oven pizzerias in New York, Lombardi’s Coal Oven Pizza is a blissful nirvana for foodies who are craving for authentic Napoletana pizzas. Billing itself as the first pizzeria in America, the Lombardi’s Coal Oven Pizza is one of the pizzerias in New York that helped put pizza into the national limelight.
4. New Park Pizzeria
One of the oldest and most beloved pizzerias in New York, the New Park Pizzeria is a no-frills family-operated joint that has been serving great pizzas in their community for over 50 years. Simple yet adorable, this pizza joint will surely please your gusto with its appetizing authentic New York City slice.
Baked in a traditional brick oven, their pizza’s crust certainly has more depth, in terms of flavor, than your typical slice. Plus, each slice of pie in this joint is drench with a moderately sweet tomato sauce. Mamma mia!
5. Louie & Ernie’s Pizza
Swing by Louie & Ernie’s Pizza, and tickle your gusto their thin-crust gracefully topped pies. A customer’s favorite in this joint is the white pizza, but experts highly recommend their meaty sausage topped pie.
6. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
In Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, not only will you get to enjoy a memorable slice of pie, but you’ll also get a breathtaking view of Manhattan from one of the most scenic parts of Brooklyn. Furthermore, it features a lovely jukebox brimming with timeless classics from the great Frank Sinatra, who, according to legend, had pies from Grimaldi’s Pizzeria flown to him in Las Vegas.
7. Roberta’s Pizza
At Roberta’s Pizza, you get to gormandize on a yummy Neapolitan style pie with top-notch homemade mozzarella, locally grown vegetables and house-cured meats.
Every wood-fired rustic pie served at Franny’s is definitely worth a try. But to me, the can't-miss dish and standout in this cushy restaurant is the clam pie, which is quite possibly the best clam pizza in all of NYC.
9. Joe and Pat’s Pizzeria
With its super-thin extra-wide pizzas and freshly melted mozzarella, it’s no wonder pizza nerds deem Joe and Pat’s Pizzeria as one of the top pizzerias in New York.
10. John’s of Bleecker Street
One of the oldest and most iconic pizzerias in New York, John’s of Bleecker Street is famous for its delicious pies that have light brown think crusts topped amply with cheese and sauce. There is artfulness in its composition, but you don’t have to overly analyze its pizza to enjoy it. In fact, it just takes a single bite of their pizza, to know it’s filling and satisfying.
11. L&B Spumoni Gardens
L&B’s square slice tastes a bit different from the classic crispy corner slices and Neapolitan style pizzas of New York. Still, its unique pizza, with its sweet crust and rich mozzarella top, is adored by generations of New Yorkers. Besides its extraordinary pizza, L&B also boasts an atmospheric outdoor patio, making it one of the most charming pizzerias in New York.
12. Original Pizza
When visiting Original Pizza in Brooklyn, make sure try their Original Supreme, a delightful pie full of authentic ingredients, including fresh mozzarella, basil and a flavorful sauce.
13. Paulie Gee’s
Although they have mastered the art of baking and dough making, it is the toppings that make the pizzas of Paulie Gee’s so special. From freshly melted mozzarella and Amatriciana-style sauces to braised fennel fronds, they have a variety of toppings to make their pie an irresistible culinary treat.
14. Nunzio’s Pizzeria & Restaurant
Nunzio’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, one of the historic pizzerias in New York, is a Staten Island joint that will give you a memorable gastronomic experience with its thick pizzas, square pieces as well as Neapolitan slices with a bevy of toppings.
15. Trattoria Zero Otto Nove
Upscale and yet casual, Trattoria Zero Otto Nove is a brightly lit and atmospheric pizzeria that will gratify your taste senses with its fine pizza combination of fresh mozzarella, chewy crust and delicious sopressata. Delicioso!
16. Mariella Pizza
Get a pleasant taste of Italy by devouring on the piquant New York style pizza of Mariella Pizza. By the way, Mariella Pizza is one of the pizzerias in New York that Oprah Winfrey loves.
17. Artichoke Basille’s Pizza & Brewery
For the past ten years, Artichoke Basille’s Pizza & Brewery has been appeasing nomadic foodies and New Yorkers with its iconic pizza treats. Their signature dish, the Artichoke pizza, may not be everyone’s favorite, but it has a supremely thick crust with a tasty dip that will surely please your gastronomic urges.
For those aren’t overly fond of thick crusts, Artichoke offers a superb alternative in the Sicilian slice. With its pliant mozzarella crown and crispy edges, the Sicilian slice truly makes an irresistible mouthwatering pie even for pizza purists. What’s more, this pizzeria has a load of other tasty pizza goodies on their menu, such as the Meatball Parm, Burnt Anchovy, Margherita, and Staten Island.
Unlike most top restaurants and pizzerias in New York, Lucali is pretty limited, when it comes to menu, serving only calzones and pizza. In addition, its floor space is relatively tight and small, which usually is a turn-off for New Yorkers.
Yet surprisingly, a lot of people in NYC are drawn to this pizzeria. As a matter of fact, most of them would wait for an hour in a long queue every day, just to get a taste of its pizzas and calzones. What’s even more remarkable is the fact that its lures tons of famous A-listers like Jay-Z and Beyonce.
Is it worth the wait? Trust me, their pizzas are something to die for.
With its fresh toppings, blistered edges and scrumptious chewy crusts, it’s easy to see why New Yorkers consider Co as one of the finest pizzerias in New York today. A must-try in this pizza parlor is the Popeye, an ultra delicious pie topped with a healthy serving of spinach. Likewise, you might want to try their cauliflower pie and flambé pizza.
As a guest in Ribalta, you have a wide array of innovative, traditional and even gluten-free choices that are all cooked from a classic wood-burning oven.
21. Di Fara Pizza
No list of the best pizzerias in New York is complete without the inclusion of Di Fara Pizza. After all, it is a highly acclaimed pie joint that has been tagged as the home of the “Best Pizza in NYC” on numerous occasions by dozens of publications, including Serious Eats, Frommer’s and Zagats. Not to mention, its tasty pies were once labeled as “the best of the best” by the renowned celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.
Did I mention that Di Fara is owned and operated by Dom DeMarco, a legendary pizzaiolo and a local celebrity?
Mathieu Palombino and the rest of the Motorino team have been getting tons of praises, thanks to their filling, fluffy and tasteful Neapolitan-style pies. As far as I’m concerned, the pizzeria’s soppresata pizza and Brussels sprouts pie are appetizing goodies that every tourist in New York should try.
23. Lee’s Tavern
While Lee’s Tavern isn’t as popular as Di Fara and Lucali, this quaint State Island pizzeria has a fiercely loyal following that will defend the pub’s crisp bar pizzas. In addition to its top-notch pies, the place is a great and cozy place to drink a pint of beer.
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