It bills itself as America’s first pizzeria. And with over 100 years in existence, the safe assumption has to be that it’s got to be good, right?
Rest easy, Lombardi’s is.
Located in Nolita, near Manhattan’s Soho, Lombardi’s is a nighttime treasure. Even the hour-long wait outside is delicious: An eventfully moonlit excursion in people watching. Quirky characters, and supermodels alike, join the throng of couples, bro’s, and girls on a night out in search of drinks and drama.
Inside, Lombardi’s is comprised of a labyrinthine cluster of dining rooms - two floors of seating areas adorned with autographed head shots and pizza-related paraphernalia. Lively and timeless, Lombardi’s casual setting can be a tourist attraction in itself.
Specializing in New York-style pizza, Lombardi’s standard pizza is made with fresh mozzarella, and a rich tasting San Marzano tomato sauce. Pizza’s are topping with romano cheese and ribbons of fresh basil.
Lombardi’s mushroom and mozzarella is wonderfully rich even when meatless. The thin slivers of mushroom assure you won’t bite into a soggy crust.
Lombardi’s original pizza, in pepperoni form, is even more wonderful, as the notably small pepperoni disks packed a flavorful punch.
Lombardi’s also touts their white pizza: a crispy crust blanketed in three cheeses - mozzarella, ricotta, romano - then dashed with oregano, basil, black peppers and a drizzle of garlic infused oil. While white pizza, contains no sauce, there is wonderful moisture and depth to this pie.
Lombardi’s is surprisingly affordable, with large pizzas priced between $20 and $23. A small price to pay for a delicious slice of history.
32 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012-4173