Major pizza news for Chelsea: Coal oven pizza icon Lombardi’s is now firing up pies in the neighborhood, the second location in the city for the regularly mobbed charred pie destination.
Often called the first pizzeria in NYC, the legendary Nolita restaurant is cooking up the same pizza menu at the new outpost, located at 290 Eighth Ave. between West 24th and West 25th streets.
Staffers at the new location say the oven’s not exactly the same in Chelsea, but the pizza is — including flagship options like the clam pie and margherita, all with its signature thin, charred crust. Draft beers and a simple wine list are also available here.
It’s filled with red booths and checkered tables and is tad smaller than the pizzeria’s first NYC location. Still, considering the tourist appeal of the first one, the new outpost will likely be slimmer on wait times, at least for a while. And though Lombardi’s makes a very specific kind of pie, it’s a nice get for Chelsea, which recently lost popular neighborhood pizzeria Co.
Lombardi’s opened in 1905, and though it has since moved from its original location, it remains one of New York’s only pizzerias cooking with a coal oven and continues to be a huge draw for tourists and pizza fanatics alike.