When you think of New York City food, the first thing that comes to mind is pizza. And with good reason. I’m not sure if it’s as good as pizza in Italy (probably not), but whatever European pizza turned into here in the Big Apple is ridiculously delicious, and we all crave it. Walking by a pizza store, smelling the fresh baked pies is a ball to indulge. However, at this point there are soooo many pizzerias, you just don’t know which one to choose. Over the past few years, social media has lit the way, blogs have told you where the best ones are. I’m not sure if there is such a thing as a bad pie here, even the dollar pizzas aren’t half bad. so here are a few of my favorites! I typically consume pizza as a dinner meal, so a slice doesn’t do the trick, I choose individual pies, because sometimes you even have leftovers, and who doesn’t love that…..
Located on the Upper Eastside, San Matteo has some of my favorite pies. Baked Neapolitan style in a wood burning oven, these are fresh and hot and delicious. My recommendations here are Quattro Fromaggi Pizza with Mozzarella, Gorgonzola, Swiss Emmenthaler, and Provologne, it’s a cheesy dream come true, and the Capricciosa, which is topped with Mozzarella, Parma Ham, black olives, mushrooms and Parmigiano-Reggiano. These toppings are different, and you might just fall in love.
Lions & Tigers & Squares Detroit Pizza
Ok, sometimes New York pizza has to be prepared Detroit style. Francis Garcia and Sal Basille (who make the famous/amazing Artichoke pizza) got together and opened up this awesome spot, Squares Detroit Pizza. Located on West 14th Street, you can indulge in these mini square pies with a crunchy, caramelized cheese crust. I tried the Pepperoni pie (with thick cut pepperoni and caramelized cheddar crust), and the Vodka pie (with vodka sauce and caramelized cheddar crust). These pies are nothing like the average New York pie, and I simply love them.
This place is highly recommended, and I found it while googling during a rare day of nothing to do. My son took me here for my birthday, and it’s adorable. Please keep in mind that Keste might still be temporarily closed during the covid times, but it’s worth waiting for. My son and I ordered the Truffle Burrata Pizza with prosciutto, super fresh, loaded with toppings, and the Diavola with Sopressata, tomatoes and Mozzarella. Simply divine.