Pizza as the world knows it was invented, based on Italian models, in New York City around 1905 at Lombardi’s in Little Italy, though we had precursors that were closer to focaccia late in the previous century. And from that original burst of energy — which also propelled the openings of Patsy’s, Totonno’s, and John’s of Bleecker Street, all by baker-disciples of Gennaro Lombardi — the city’s pizzaioli continued to innovate, creating new varieties uniquely suited to the tastes and demands of customers. While there’s a never-ending debate on where to find the city’s best slices, there’s one issue with no dispute (despite the latest claim about a particular city out West): New York City and its vicinity have remained the world capital of pizzadom.
That said, only a certain number of those pizzerias have ascended to icon status. Here’s a collection of 29 restaurants spanning all five boroughs, which every pizza-loving New Yorker should visit at least once. New to this map are Una Pizza Napoletana, Sergio’s, Viva La Pizza, and Bellucci’s Pizzeria. For the best neighborhood slice shops, see this map.
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