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Sep 19, 2007


Dakota Guy

I would have sworn you wrote about the trip before. Anyway, how did you get a two hour train trip from DC to NYC? Amtrak takes 3+ hours when I go to NY.


I drove to Philly to drop off Noah and then took the train from there.


I went to Lombardi's the last time in was in NYC (a few months ago) and I completely agree. The pizza was solid, but it just made me want to go to 2 Amy's when I got back into DC - which I did that same day.


I find that pizza cooked in a coal oven like Lombardis, Grimaldi's, or John's is a lot different than that cooked in a wood oven. The wood oven just doesn't get as hot and therefore, the pizza cooks for longer which leaves a dryer texture to the crust. I think that's why it's so common to get an undercooked pizza at 2 Amys, because they would prefer the crust be moist and spongy than dry. Just a theory though. I'm no pizza chef.


Ah! about time you posted about this ;-)
Great report. We were in New Jersey last week and had some good slices, but you know..I gotta say the Italian Store stands up to any of them. It has the perfect "lilt" of the end when you pick it up (after blotting, of course) and plenty of cheese. The best pizza I've ever had was near my brother in law's house in Fair Haven, NJ. It's a square pizza. Can't think of the name. I'll post it when I do.


I looked at your archives for a pizza recommendation in August before my trip to New York. I'm glad to know that I am not crazy or search challenged! We managed to find John's without your help and it was amazing.


I've been to Grimaldi's once before, and it was an amazing pizza experience. It was pretty cold that day, and we waited outside for half an hour, but it was so worth it.


Oh man, I read this as I stare at the nasty reheated bland Maryland pizza that I had for dinner. Why is it so hard for people in DC to produce decent NYC style pizza???


One step ahead of the mainstream media again, Jason. No wonder DCFoodies was listed as a top blog by readers of the Washingtonian. Check out this month's issue for an article by Todd Kliman comparing pizzas from most fo the DC staples, including 2 Amys, Paradiso, and Comet Ping Pong.


Wine bar at Ludlow and Rivington? Were you at 'inoteca? I went there for the first time a couple weeks ago and was blown away by the food. Did you only have wine? If so, you really missed out--the cheeses, the panini, and the bruschetta were all amazing. I'm drooling a little just thinking about it. Next time you're up there, try the food!


Oh man - how could you be eating pizza in the Bleecker Street area and not get Joe's pizza? As well as being featured in Spiderman (it was the pizza joint where Parker was working at the beginning), it's in my opinion the best pizza by the slice in the city. The sauce is a bit sweet for some, but it definitely has a distinctive flavor in a good way.

Another place to try, if you go back, is Sal and Carmines, another place in an out of the way neighborhood (high up on the Upper West Side), but despite its odd location, it too has some of the best pizza in the city, served courtesy of two old crotchety Neapolitans who would make a good pizza foil to the Soup Nazi.


Sorry, I went to Joe's and I didn't really think it was all that great, at least not as good as the other that I went to. Just my taste though. ;)


Nice write up but you missed most of the good places. Una Pizza Neopolitana is the best pizza I've had and would have been worth doubling back to. Franny's, DiFara & Totonno's Coney Island are all better than the places you tried, and are all on the Q if you don't want to drive around.


Also Grimaldi's is an awful tourist trap, although the atmosphere is nice.


There are lots of varying opinions on what's better or best, all varying based on peoples taste. But, I do have to say that Grimaldi's was anything but awful. You haven't had awful pizza until you've had Pizza Movers delivery here in D.C.


In the context of artisinal NY Pizza Grimaldi's is awful, if you had eaten at Una Pizza you would probably know why I think that.

Did you have the pizza pebbles at WD-50? That would make an interesting counterpoint for your tour.


Also try Lucali on henry st if you get a chance.

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