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 pizzeria, 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 iconic status. Here’s a collection of 29 restaurants spanning all five boroughs, which every pizza-loving New Yorker should visit at least once.
For the best neighborhood slice shops, see this map.
The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.
Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2014.Read More