5 Best Pizza Places in New York City

5 Best Pizza Places in New York City

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Holidayme's list of top 5 places to eat pizza in NYC!
Holidayme's list of top 5 places to eat pizza in NYC!

If you were to make a list of foods that could truly be considered universal in the culinary world, pizza would without a doubt be at the very top. Every country, city, town or village has its own unique take on the originally Italian dish and it’s grown to become a staple of every restaurant or eatery of any worth. Have you ever wondered about the best pizza places in the world where you can enjoy a slice of this cheesy tomatoey goodness?

While pizza is extremely popular worldwide, very few cities in the world can claim to have their identities so intrinsically tied with pizza as New York City does. New Yorkers see the pizza as a shining beacon in the vast plethora of diasporic dishes that have graced their shores and display an almost religious reverence for the dish! They are quick to defend it from critics and eager to discredit contenders vying to be crowned as the ‘best American pizza city’. Every pizzeria in New York City has a fascinating back story as well as a propriety process to making their delicious pizza pies. No matter how many pizza places you visit, as soon as you think you’ve seen them all, you’ll find a new one nestled elegantly in a corner that you’ve walked past numerous times before. And while every New York pizza is special in its own way, there are a handful that truly stand out. So, without further ado, here is our list of the best pizza places in New York City!

5 best pizza places in New York, USA

1. Sottocasa

 

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If you’re looking for a pizza place that combines the refined artistry of classical neopolitan cooking and the innovation of modern culinary advancement, then look no further than Sottocasa. Located on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, Sottocasa literally translates to the phrase ‘under home’ or ‘within a person’s own home’. Indeed, the staff and servers do everything in their power to ensure that every single one of their patrons is treated like an honored guest; breaking out of many of the trappings of traditional Italian hospitality! Sottacasa uses techniques that are centuries old and chooses only the freshest vegetables, herbs, spices and cheeses for their customers to enjoy. It also prides itself on having an incredibly light, easy to digest and immensely tasty pizza dough. If all this wasn’t enough, Sottacasa even went the extra mile and painstakingly shipped an authentic 2 ton, 1000 degree wood fire oven directly from Naples (Italy)!

2. John’s of Bleeker Street

 

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While everyone appreciates modern innovation and ingenuity, there are some places that hold fast to a more classical aesthetic, preferring to focus on dependable efficient service and wholesome food over frills. John’s has been a part of the New York City pizza foodscape since 1929 and as anyone will tell you – with age comes wisdom, finesse and experience! They are incredibly generous with both their cheese and their sauce, so don’t go there expecting a light meal. The sheer quality of their slices makes a trip to Bleeker Street unmissable!

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3. Totonno’s

 

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Totonno’s is a pizza place that has become something of a Coney Island institution since it first opened its doors in 1924. While it has been through its fair share of hardships from fires to month-long hurricane related shutdowns, it remains defiant; putting out mouthwatering slices of pizza for its loyal customer base. Totonno’s signature pizza is their Margherita which features a thin, charred crust, a mildly sweet sauce and an abundance of melted mozzeralla cheese! The restaurant’s philosophy is simple; as long as there’s dough in the world, they’ll keep making the best pizzas, with the finest ingredients.

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4. Emily

 

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Emily claims to be the most instagrammed pizza place in New York City and this come as no surprise to us based on the sheer mouthwatering vibrancy of their pies. It must be said that Emily could be seen as a somewhat contentious inclusion due to the fact that they also tend to utilize the squarish shape of Detroit style pizza along with the classic round shape we’ve come to know and love. However, despite this dalliance with the ‘enemy’ there is no doubting the flavor of the pies at Emily which can be described as hybrids of typical Sicilian and deep-dish pizzas! Emily’s signature pie is the eponymous ‘Emily’, a magnificent creation that is topped with truffle Sottocenere, honey and pistachios. The pizzas at Emily are typically baked twice and topped with generous amounts of sauce which allows them to maintain their crisp firmness and sublime flavor.

5. Roberta’s

 

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Roberta’s in Bushwick is probably the trendiest pizza place on this list and has been frequented by numerous influential celebrities and public figures including the Clintons. A delightful combination of chic and homely Roberta’s signature is expertly put together Neopolitan pizzas as well as an assortment of cocktails good enough to make your head spin in the best possible way! Notable pizzas here include the Speckwolf – a large pie with freshly made mozzarella, slices of bacon and mushrooms as well as the Bee Sting which is a typical cheese pizza topped with spicy honey and Italian soppressata.

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Mikhail Khan is a 24 year old writer who strives to meld nuance, eloquence and subtle tongue-in-cheek charm in everything that he writes. Through his work, he hopes to draw his readers in and regale them with tales of joy, hope and bittersweet melancholy as he travels to destinations all over the world. In his spare time, Mikhail enjoys the odd game of Fifa and plays guitar in an Indie band.