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Friday, April 13, 2012

Pizza; Little Italy

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One of my favorite things in the world is Pizza! I could eat it three times a day although that has only rarely happened.  Living in Little Italy people always ask me to recommend a pizzeria when visiting and for a long time my only recommendation was Lomardi's. About two years ago Rubirosa opened and has been giving Lomardi's a run for their money. Prince St Pizza took over the space of the Original Rays Pizza after being in the same location for 50 years this January. If you think that is a long time Lomardi's has been in the same location for over 100 years - since 1905. I like all three pizzerias equally as they each appeal to different people for different reasons.

If an out of towner asks me for a pizza recommendation I direct them to Lombardi's as it is a New York City institution and claims to be the first pizzeria in the USA (some dispute this). The pizza crust is thin and crisp, covered in a heavenly sauce and topped with fresh mozzarella. It is absolutely delicious and guaranteed to please. The only draw back is that it is often crowded and most of the time there is a wait. A recent expansion has remedied long lines around the block but has taken away from the authenticity of the New York institution.

If a New Yorker asks for a pizza recommendation I direct them to Rubirosa. The ambiance is cool and it has a full bar and menu. It is better suited for those than have been there and done that when it comes to Lomardi's.  The pizza here is comprised of a scrumptious thin crust and a perfect sauce to cheese ratio.  A family recipe dating back 51 years - originating at Joe and Pat's pizzeria in Staten Island. I'm glad not many know about this place as there is usually a table available.

If a Little Italy/Nolita/Soho/Chinatown local asks me where to get a good slice I will recommend Prince St Pizza. This new comer had me hooked at first bite. I was surprised to find it in the place of Original Ray's Pizza as I had been a regular there for many years. My first time there I was warmly welcomed by the owner Frank Morano. He was so eager to introduce me his signature Soho Square he gave me a Prince Perfection on the house. And pure perfection it was! The crust was soft and crispy, covered in home made mozzarella cheese (yes they make it fresh, in house, every day) and topped with yummy sauce. As good as the square is I like the Original Prince Slice the best. Not only is the pizza here delectable it is also prepared fast and you can order it by the slice. Best of all they are open late till 4am! A great place to go if you are out late one night.

32 Spring St

235 Mulberry St

Prince St. Pizza
27 Prince St

6 Train to Spring St
N, R Train to Prince St


  1. what about Rays near St Patrick school.

  2. That is officially known as Original Rays and was replaced by Prince St Pizza in January.


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