NYC’s sheer volume of pizza joints means it’s easy to fall prey to a mediocre slice, especially near tourist attractions, which tend to be situated in the city’s less-than-cool neighborhoods. So we’ve enlisted Scott Wiener, the tour guide and historian behind Scott’s Pizza Tours, to make sense of the madness.
① The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Farinella
First of all, Farinella is a Roman bakery, which means one thing: amazing bread and doughy, perfectly crunchy pizza crust. Wiener goes for the classic DOC, the amatriciana and the cacio e pepe—then he implores the woman behind the counter to make sure he doesn’t order any others.
② Times Square: Don Antonio
This Neapolitan-style joint is known for its lightly fried pizzas—a tradition that’s been around in Naples for the last few centuries, Wiener explains. He’s a fan of the smoked mozzarella; the smokiness balances the sweet tomato perfectly.
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③ Madison Square Garden: NY Pizza Suprema
This iconic slice joint has all manner of options. Wiener goes for the upside-down Sicilian, which is light and airy, or a regular slice, a foldable but stable slab you can eat over a paper plate while walking to the subway.
④ The High Line: Brunetti
Brunetti, a quaint Neapolitan spot with a backyard and killer specialty pies, might be the most underrated pizzeria in NYC. Run by an Italian father-and-son duo, Brunetti serves one of the city’s best clam pies and also ferments its dough in two stages for a deeper flavor.
⑤ Little Italy: Prince St. Pizza
Situated a few blocks away from the buzzy heart of Little Italy, Prince St. Pizza turns out epic square slices. The pepperoni is perhaps most famous, but Wiener goes for the plain Sicilian, which is lathered with pecorino, leaving little bits of burnt and crunchy cheese in the crust.
Dana deLaski is a freelance writer, photographer and videographer based in New York City. Follow her on Instagram at @dana_delaski.