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mgraban 01-09-2008 05:14 AM

NYC Pizzeria Tour
Next week, Friday, I'll be going on a NYC pizzeria tour. I'm still trying to finalize the itinerary and rough plan. I'll be sure to report here and I'll also be writing about it primarily on my pizza blog.

Any tips or recommendations for where I should definitely go??

dmun 01-09-2008 07:34 AM

Re: NYC Pizzeria Tour
If you're flying into Newark Airport and getting a rental car, look at:
Santillo's brick oven pizza
639 S. Broad St.
Elizabeth NJ
It's a hole in the wall take out only place, but their sicilian pizza is some of the best in Jersey. Their brick oven is amazing, it's like 18 feet deep. Their peels are so long they have to hang them from the ceiling.

I don't know if it's worth a special trip, but they are really close to Newark airport (which is mostly in Elizabeth)

CanuckJim 01-09-2008 10:26 AM

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If you can get your hands on it easily, look at the front section of Peter Reinhart's American Pie. He lists a whopping number of NYC pizza restaurants, along with his happily subjective comments.


Alfredo 01-09-2008 12:28 PM

Re: NYC Pizzeria Tour
Top picks from The New York Times :
Pizza, All Locations, Top Pick, All Prices - Restaurant Search Results - The New York Times

RTflorida 01-09-2008 10:36 PM

Re: NYC Pizzeria Tour
I can't speak for the rest, but Grimaldi's (under the Brooklyn Bridge) is worth a visit. Great pizza. If you go for lunch, get there early (before noon). they only seat around 30 or so and then a line forms out the door and down the sidewalk waiting on a table. You will need cash too, they don't take credit/debit cards.


james 01-10-2008 10:49 AM

Re: NYC Pizzeria Tour
This might be a good time to revive the FB Pizza Napoletana Map. We started a project to map all the good wood-fired pizzerias, where users can add their favorites and make comments. We still need to get the word out.

The map is here:

Naples 45 and A Mano are both VPN certified.

What do you think of the map?

dmun 01-10-2008 01:01 PM

Re: NYC Pizzeria Tour
I looked at the map, and didn't see how to add things. It says: click button above to register for map, but there didn't seem to be such a button.

james 01-10-2008 01:32 PM

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Give it a try now. You have to register with the mapping service provider to add comments and new pizzerias. I changed the Register Now button to be more intuitive.

Let's see how it goes. If everyone likes the idea, I can keep improving it and start publicizing it.

mgraban 01-13-2008 07:33 PM

Re: NYC Pizzeria Tour
Ok, the tour plan is set. There are so many to choose from, we had to just pick. I'll take notes and photos as I can:

1) Grimaldi's Brooklyn (will start there when they open) -- coal pizza

2) Lombardi's (oldest pizzeria)

3) Ray's on Prince St (the "best" of the Ray's, classic NYC style)

4) Waldy's (wood oven pizza)

We may try to go to Una Pizza Napoletana (with a wood oven) for dinner Saturday (they're only open at dinner).

Wednesday afternoon, we're going to John's Pizzeria, north of Times Square, which is supposed to be very good.

The Reinhart list was very helpful, as was the "slice" pizza blog Slice - America's Favorite Pizza Weblog!

RCLake 01-14-2008 01:21 PM

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My daughter lived next to that John's for three years and we enjoyed it on all of our trips. Gets real busy being in Time Square. First time that we have ordered garlic bread and it comes with actual cloves within the bread

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