Best Pizzas in NYC
Pop 5: Best Pizza Around Town
The best-of burgers certainly beefed up the Pop 5 lineup, but it was just as I suspected, the pizza divide is still the hottest debate among New Yorkers. And good gracious, there's no shortage of pie picks and slice spots to choose from. Thanks to an overwhelming response from fellow pizza lovers, I've had to take on the "difficult" task of compiling your absolute favorite pizza places. Without further ado, here's this week's Pop 5, fresh from the wood-burning oven and topped with the freshest mozzarella and tomato sauce.
- Lombardi's (32 Spring St., 212-941-7994) Opened in 1897 just down the street from its present location, Lombardi's is one of the city's oldest pizzerias. Why do people go pazzo for the pizza? Its beautiful, smoky crusts; fresh tomatoes and mozzarella; and its signature toppings, like pepperoni and homemade meatballs, keep locals and tourists very, very happy.
- Grimaldi's (19 Old Fulton St., 718-858-4300; 242-02 61st Ave., 718-819-2133; Limelight Marketplace, 646 Sixth Ave., 212-359-2253) In New York, Grimaldi's is an institution. If you have a bone to pick in that regard, take it up with Grimaldi's fan, former mayor Rudy Giuliani. If that's not pizza credibility, then let it be known that this was one of Frank Sinatra's favorite pizza parlors. Try the Dumbo location for the real-deal experience.
- Artichoke (328 E. 14th St., 212-228-2004; 111 MacDougal St., 646-278-6100; 114 Tenth Ave., 212-792-9200) is a pizza newbie in the grand scheme of things. But after its 2008 opening on 14th Street, owners and best friends Sal Basille and Francis Garcia knew they were onto something. With lines out the door at all times, it was inevitable that Artichoke would have to expand to appease the masses. Now with three Manhattan locations, Artichoke serves its pizza 'round the clock. The margherita is my personal favorite.
- Motorino (349 E. 12th St., 212-777-2644) By many accounts, Motorino is touted as the city's best pizza, and it looks like PopSugar NYC readers agree! Made in the traditional Neopolitan style, Motorino delivers soft, crispy crusts with none-too-sweet cheese and tomato toppings.
- Di Fara Pizza (1424 Avenue J, 718-258-1367) The people have spoken and there are two words that kept tongues wagging — Di Fara's. You'll find owner Domenico De Marco in his flour-dusted apron, making thin, Neapolitan pies, like he has been for more than 40 years. The crowning moment comes when the pie, postoven time, gets its signature dusting of real parmesan cheese.