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NYC’s 12 Best Pizzerias


Pizzerias are consistently shaping New York’s food scene, creating the city’s most addictive slice.  Now is the time to get in on one of NYC’s tastiest foods.

What makes these pizzerias so special?  The traditional Neapolitan pizza dough. It has a thinner crust than many oth­er styles, allowing more toppings and cheese between two slices. They also have wood-fired ovens that give it that slightly smoky fla­vor along with crispier crust edges. In other words, you don’t wan­na miss out on the best pizza in NYC!

Here are our picks for the 12 best pizza spots:

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

Started by two former Marine helicopter pilots, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is a veteran-owned and operated restaurant in Chelsea serving Pizza Napoletana style.  They make traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas with San Marzano tomatoes and Fior di latte mozzarella. They also serve salads and starters like meatballs!

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza

This pizzeria specializes in specialty pizzas like their signature Artichoke Pie which is topped with artichoke hearts, cremini mushrooms, mozzarella, and pecorino romano.  They also serve calzones, sandwiches, salads, and pasta.

Joe’s Pizza

This pizzeria is one of the most iconic spots in Little Italy and has been around since 1975.  It’s known for its delicious pizza slices topped with simple yet tasty combinations like pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, peppers, and onions.

John’s of Bleecker Street Pizza

This pizzeria opened in 1929 in the heart of Greenwich Village right off Bleecker Street. John’s Pizzeria is one of the oldest family-run pizzerias there is! They use their own specially blended tomatoes for their sauce and make their thin crust dough daily using double zero flour which has a lower gluten content to yield a lighter crispier dough.

Paulie Gee’s Pizza

This Greenpoint restaurant takes its name after its owner Paul Giannone. His go-to pie is the Hellboy with fresh mozzarella, gorgonzola cheese, hot honey, and house-roasted pork shoulder. They also have a spicy fennel sausage pizza with broccoli rabe and pecorino Romano.

Motorino Pizzeria

Carlo Mirarchi started his eponymous pizzeria in 2008 after working for Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. Their signature pie is the “Ma­Po­rese” topped with mozzarella, caciocavallo cheese, chili flake, ground pork, and Sichuan pepper oil. This East Village staple has been featured by Zagat as one of New York’s must-try pizzerias!

Paul’s Baby Grand Pizza

Looking for the best pizza in Hell’s Kitchen? Look no further than this restaurant that serves up New Haven-style pies. Try their famous baby grand slice with pepperoni, garlic, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses, or opt for the meatball parmigiana hero!

Best Pizza

This isn’t your average New York pizzeria. They only serve cheese pizzas but they do it right by using fresh ingredients like hand-whisked whole milk mozzarella, aged Parmesan Reggiano, and San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy. The classic pepperoni pie is topped with fennel-infused sausage, German-style Nurnberger bratwurst, and onions.

Rubirosa Ristorante & Pizzeria

Rubirosa might specialize in Italian dishes and vodka, but they also serve up some of the best pizza in NYC. Their hearty square slices are made from scratch using dough that has been aged for three days. They have a variety of options including the Bacon Double Cheeseburger Pizza with cheddar cheese sauce, applewood smoked bacon, pickles, ground beef, and tomato sauce, or their traditional Margherita D.O.P. with marinara sauce, fresh basil, and imported Italian olive oil!

Arturo’s Pizzeria

Arturo’s is a pizzeria that not only serves up high-quality pizza, they also have an extensive beer and wine selection. The restaurant has a warm and inviting vibe that is perfect for a casual lunch or dinner out. Try the Super Mario with marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, and sausage, or the Millionaire with marinara sauce, applewood smoked bacon, house-made meatballs, ricotta cheese, and tomato sauce!

Highline Pizzeria

This pizzeria is known for its delicious brick oven-cooked pizza. They offer a wide variety of delicious pies including the crazy Capricciosa with fresh tomato, mozzarella, Proscuitto di parma, mushrooms, and black olives, or the fun Fungi with mozzarella, mushrooms, and truffle oil!

Sotto casa Pizzeria

This pizzeria has multiple NYC locations that serve up traditional Neapolitan-style pies. They also have a selection of fried snacks like mozzarella fritta to accompany your beer or wine. Try the Margherita D.O.P., Nonna Maria, Diavola or Santa Lucia pizzas at their restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen!

It’s time to start planning your pizza tour of NYC! Now that you know the best places to get pies in NYC, there’s no time better than the present to visit one (or all!) of these mouthwatering pizzerias.

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