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Where to Get Roni Cup Pizza in NYC

The top places around New York to try the tiny flavor bombs

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Seppe Pizza Bar’s pepperoni with jalapeño
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The roni cup, also known as “cup and char” pepperoni, has long been a hallmark of pizza in Buffalo and parts of the Midwest, but over the last seven years, it’s been taking over New York City. Once sparingly available, the tiny pepp can be spotted on slices at more than a dozen shops across New York — from Emmy Squared in Williamsburg to Mama’s Too on the Upper West Side. Many new restaurants, including Seppe on Staten Island, are now even forgoing traditional pepperoni from the outset.

It’s become a full-blown trend, propelled by Instagram, one particular sausage distributor, and the fact that people dig the taste. Pizza with roni cups can be found all over the place, but here are some popular ones to try.

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1. Mama's Too!

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2750 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
(212) 510-7256
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In a review last year, Times restaurant critic Pete Wells wrote that Mama’s Too “combines some of the most appealing elements of a Neapolitan pie with the most satisfying aspects of the archetypal product sold on paper plates from sidewalk windows.” Even better, it’s got roni cups.

2. Massoni

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11 E 31st St
New York, NY 10016
(212) 951-1141
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Located in the Arlo Nomad Hotel, Massoni pairs roni cups with pickled peppers and honey on its Detroit-style pizza. Get it by the pie at the restaurant or by the slice at the takeaway up front, Bodega by Massoni.

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3. Lions & Tigers & Squares Detroit Pizza

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268 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10011
(917) 261-6772
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Just as its name suggests, this counter- and standing-only spot serves Detroit-style pizza. No slices here: Pizza is served by the personal-sized pie, which comes cut into four squares.

4. Paulie Gee's Slice Shop

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110 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Legendary pizzamaker Paulie Giannone has a ban on pepperoni at his eponymous Greenpoint restaurant — hot soppressata only — but he lifted it when he opened Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop. The space channels the look of New York pizzerias from the ’60s and ’70s, and Giannone added pepperoni to the menu because it, too, is classic. After some experimentation, he decided to go with roni cups.

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5. Prince Street Pizza

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27 Prince St A
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-4100
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The pizza that started it all — that is, New York City’s current love affair with roni cups. Expect a line out the door and get the Spicy Spring, a Sicilian slice topped with an “absurd” number of curled pepperoni coins.

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6. Scarr's Pizza

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22 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 334-3481
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Opened in 2016, Scarr’s Pizza has a retro-looking exterior and an extremely 2019 view on ingredients. The wines are organic, the grains milled every day by owner Scarr Pimentel, and the cupping pepperoni (sourced from Ezzo Sausage Co. in Columbus) is all-natural and nitrate- and nitrite-free.

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7. Emmy Squared - Brooklyn

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364 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 360-4535
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Emmy Squared — less formal than Emily and with restaurants in the East Village and Williamsburg — serves Detroit-style pizza. If seeking roni cups, go for the Colony (pepperoni with pickled jalapeños and honey) or the Roni Supreme (“lots of pepperoni,” Calabrian chilies).

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8. Williamsburg Pizza - Brooklyn

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265 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 855-8729
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Find roni cups on Williamsburg Pizza’s classic grandma, a relatively thin, manageable square. Eat it on the go or grab a spot at a table — while not huge, both this location and the Lower East Side one at 277 Broome St. have a decent amount of seating. There’s also an outpost inside 310 Bowery Bar.

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9. Archie's Bar & Pizza

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128 Central Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11221
(347) 915-2244
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This hang-worthy Bushwick bar also serves Greek New England-style pies, a style not commonly seen across New York. It’s cooked in a pan and a little heftier and crisper than a wood-fired or New York-style pie, though the crust’s interior is still quite light. Get it by the slice or in a 10-inch or 14-inch pie. Open late.

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10. Speedy Romeo

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376 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 230-0061
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Chef Justin Bazdarich and partner Todd Feldman’s Bed-Stuy pizzeria — now with an additional location on the Lower East Side, and a takeout spot called Stilettos — employs the Ezzo roni cup on wood-fired pies. Stilettos has it on a slice as well, accompanied by hot soppressata, parm, pecorino, and a truffle ranch.

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11. Emily

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919 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 844-9588
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Chef Matt Hyland’s Emily has two locations, with two slightly different styles of pizza: one in Clinton Hill that’s “regionally noncommittal” and a West Village location that sits somewhere between New York and New Haven. Pepperonis come on the Colony, which also has pickled jalapeño and honey at both, and West Village also has the Arenstein, with pickled chili and honey. But pepps can be added on anything. Make a reservation.

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12. Seppe Pizza Bar

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3 Navy Pier Ct
Staten Island, NY 10304
(718) 727-3773
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Opened in December 2018 on the Staten Island waterfront, Seppe Pizza Bar from brothers Joe and John Iovino offers pasta, pizza, and cocktails. Seppe’s pepperoni pizza (the “Pep in Your Step”) is a spicy-sweet combination of jalapeños, pepperoni, and hot honey.

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1. Mama's Too!

2750 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

In a review last year, Times restaurant critic Pete Wells wrote that Mama’s Too “combines some of the most appealing elements of a Neapolitan pie with the most satisfying aspects of the archetypal product sold on paper plates from sidewalk windows.” Even better, it’s got roni cups.

2750 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

2. Massoni

11 E 31st St, New York, NY 10016
Nick Solares/Eater

Located in the Arlo Nomad Hotel, Massoni pairs roni cups with pickled peppers and honey on its Detroit-style pizza. Get it by the pie at the restaurant or by the slice at the takeaway up front, Bodega by Massoni.

11 E 31st St
New York, NY 10016

3. Lions & Tigers & Squares Detroit Pizza

268 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

Just as its name suggests, this counter- and standing-only spot serves Detroit-style pizza. No slices here: Pizza is served by the personal-sized pie, which comes cut into four squares.

268 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10011

4. Paulie Gee's Slice Shop

110 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Photo by Alex Staniloff

Legendary pizzamaker Paulie Giannone has a ban on pepperoni at his eponymous Greenpoint restaurant — hot soppressata only — but he lifted it when he opened Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop. The space channels the look of New York pizzerias from the ’60s and ’70s, and Giannone added pepperoni to the menu because it, too, is classic. After some experimentation, he decided to go with roni cups.

110 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

5. Prince Street Pizza

27 Prince St A, New York, NY 10012
Nick Solares/Eater

The pizza that started it all — that is, New York City’s current love affair with roni cups. Expect a line out the door and get the Spicy Spring, a Sicilian slice topped with an “absurd” number of curled pepperoni coins.

27 Prince St A
New York, NY 10012

6. Scarr's Pizza

22 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Stefanie Tuder/Eater

Opened in 2016, Scarr’s Pizza has a retro-looking exterior and an extremely 2019 view on ingredients. The wines are organic, the grains milled every day by owner Scarr Pimentel, and the cupping pepperoni (sourced from Ezzo Sausage Co. in Columbus) is all-natural and nitrate- and nitrite-free.

22 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

7. Emmy Squared - Brooklyn

364 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Serena Dai/Eater

Emmy Squared — less formal than Emily and with restaurants in the East Village and Williamsburg — serves Detroit-style pizza. If seeking roni cups, go for the Colony (pepperoni with pickled jalapeños and honey) or the Roni Supreme (“lots of pepperoni,” Calabrian chilies).

364 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

8. Williamsburg Pizza - Brooklyn

265 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Jessica Einstein/Williamsburg Pizza

Find roni cups on Williamsburg Pizza’s classic grandma, a relatively thin, manageable square. Eat it on the go or grab a spot at a table — while not huge, both this location and the Lower East Side one at 277 Broome St. have a decent amount of seating. There’s also an outpost inside 310 Bowery Bar.

265 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

9. Archie's Bar & Pizza

128 Central Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Archie’s/Facebook

This hang-worthy Bushwick bar also serves Greek New England-style pies, a style not commonly seen across New York. It’s cooked in a pan and a little heftier and crisper than a wood-fired or New York-style pie, though the crust’s interior is still quite light. Get it by the slice or in a 10-inch or 14-inch pie. Open late.

128 Central Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11221

10. Speedy Romeo

376 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Speedy Romeo/Facebook

Chef Justin Bazdarich and partner Todd Feldman’s Bed-Stuy pizzeria — now with an additional location on the Lower East Side, and a takeout spot called Stilettos — employs the Ezzo roni cup on wood-fired pies. Stilettos has it on a slice as well, accompanied by hot soppressata, parm, pecorino, and a truffle ranch.

376 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

11. Emily

919 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Read Review |
Emily/Facebook

Chef Matt Hyland’s Emily has two locations, with two slightly different styles of pizza: one in Clinton Hill that’s “regionally noncommittal” and a West Village location that sits somewhere between New York and New Haven. Pepperonis come on the Colony, which also has pickled jalapeño and honey at both, and West Village also has the Arenstein, with pickled chili and honey. But pepps can be added on anything. Make a reservation.

919 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

12. Seppe Pizza Bar

3 Navy Pier Ct, Staten Island, NY 10304
Lily Brown/Seppe Pizza Bar

Opened in December 2018 on the Staten Island waterfront, Seppe Pizza Bar from brothers Joe and John Iovino offers pasta, pizza, and cocktails. Seppe’s pepperoni pizza (the “Pep in Your Step”) is a spicy-sweet combination of jalapeños, pepperoni, and hot honey.

3 Navy Pier Ct
Staten Island, NY 10304

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