Founded in 1905 and known to be the oldest Pizzeria in the United States, Lombardi’s Pizza is a must try when visiting the Big Apple. Located in the heart of Little Italy in Lower Manhattan, this rustic pizza joint is famous for their smoky-crusted pizza with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella.
The genius of this pizza starts with the crust, which is black and crispy on the underside (with pleasant, slightly bitter overtones), but gives way to a wonderfully soft, yeasty interior. Signature toppings like pepperoni and home-made meatballs, along with the restaurant’s famous clam pie, keep locals and tourists alike coming back. ~ Lombardi’s Pizza
With only whole pizza’s on offer, unlike the single slice concept you may come across all around the city, Lombardi’s coal oven specialities ooze in flavour with every bite. Their original pizza made with fresh mozzarella, a San Marzano tomato sauce, topped with Romano and fresh basil is one of the best options on their menu.
You can also choose to add toppings like imported anchovies, roasted red peppers and wild fresh mushrooms to name a few. If unsure on what to add, go with their recommended topping – sautéed garlic spinach! You will not be disappointed!
Lombardi’s pizza’s aren’t overloaded with cheese, instead it has just the right amount to allow each bite to explode with flavours of the toppings you have selected. If you’re an extreme cheese over-loader, Lombardi’s may not be for you.
However, if you’re looking for that special something, Lombardi’s is just the right place. While their restaurant boasts a certain rustic charm with painted brick walls and red and white chequered table cloth, what is evident is the unique simplicity of their food.
A small 14″ original pizza costs approximately $16.50 and if you’re a small eater, a meal for two could cost approximately $25. If you have spent your entire morning exploring Little Italy, lunch at Lombardi’s will be a great way to enhance your all round experience of the area’s rich history.
Tip: Lombardi’s does not accept credit card payments, so make sure you have cash in hand before dropping in.
Located at 32 Spring St New York, NY 10012-4173, (the corner of Spring and Mott Street), Lombardi’s is open Sunday to Thursday from 11.30am – 11am and Friday to Saturday from 11.30am to 12 Midnight. Click here to view map.