P is for Pizza

I mean, when you're talking about places to go in NYC, you have to mention pizza places. Am I right? New York pizza is so good! Fortunately for all of you, I know the really good spots because I love pizza and all my friends/visitors love pizza so...let's just say I've made the rounds.

Under the Brooklyn Bridge
1 Front Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Yep, our first stop is actually in Brooklyn. Patsy Grimaldi learned the art of pizza making from his uncle when he started working at his pizzeria at the age of 10 in 1931. When he finally opened his own pizzeria under the Brooklyn Bridge, it drew the attention of the mayor and even Frank Sinatra, who allegedly had pies flown to him in Vegas. Now when you visit there's a constant stream of Sinatra music playing. The crust is famous for its crispiness, thanks to the handmade coal-fired brick ovens.
Cash only and whole pies only, no slices.

32 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
Corner of Spring and Mott Street

Lombardi's is definitely my favorite pizza spot. It was founded in 1905 and credited as being the first pizzeria in NYC. In fact, the man who founded it, an Italian immigrant, is credited for creating "New York style" pizza. I'm not a big sauce person - I usually prefer minimal sauce. But I love Lombardi's sauce. A friend of mine once said she could swim in a tub full of the sauce...ok maybe that's a little extreme, but seriously. It's good. They also have excellent sangria and plenty of seating room.
Cash only and whole pies only, no slices.

7 Carmine Street
150 East 14th Street

I used to work down the street from the original location on Carmine St and ate there every other week. The 14th St location just opened up recently and guess what? It's right down the street from where I work now. I've got some good karma! Anyway, Joe's was founded in 1975 by Joe Pozzuoli, a Naples, Italy, immigrant, and he still owns and operates it today at the age of 75! It's a little hole in the wall spot with only counters and tall tables to stand at. They sell the classic New York slice and it is delicious. The walls are also covered with photographs of all the celebrities who have come in for some good pizza over the years.

260 W. 44th Street New York, NY

Last, but not least, is John's. It's situated in the theatre district, making it a great spot to grab a bite to eat before seeing a show. I actually listed the secondary location (the original is in Greenwich Village), which opened in 1995, because it's the coolest in my opinion. The space used to be Gospel Tabernacle Church, built in 1888, and now it holds the largest pizzeria in the country. The space is beautiful and they host fancy parties there - I've seen seen a picture of a wedding being held there. Oh and don't worry, the pizza is really good too. :-)


  1. Now I'm craving pizza...it all sounds soooooo good!

  2. Piiiiiiiizzzzzzzaaaaaaa. MMMMMmm. We don't have any "Wow, this is amazing pizza" places around here, just national chains like Stevie B's and Papa John's. Meh. Wait, ALTHOUGH, if I drive 45 minutes north east to Marietta, the Marietta Pizza Co. makes a pretty good pie. Atlanta is famous for Coke and The Varsity. Grease, glorious grease!

    1. Lol, so true. My aunt has season tickets to GT football games and we ate at the Varsity almost every time. Then my mom is OBSESSED with Coca-Cola and she has a season pass to the Coke Museum. We spent several Independence Days on that lawn.

  3. Yum! Pizza is one of my very favorite foods. These sound like some good picks. Swimming in a tub full of sauce - lol. This makes me wish I was in NY right now so I could visit some of these yummy places.

  4. That's awesome for a pizzeria to commentate their famous customers by music or pictures. Thanks for all the suggestions, I'm now hungry for pizza.

  5. Mmmmmmmmm delicious pizza! Now I'm hungry :)

  6. We make homemade pizza at least once a week--my guys really enjoy it! But now that I've read your post I'm hankering for REAL pizza with gobs and gobs of cheese!

  7. Hmmm... I could eat one right now. :-)