We knew while in New York City, we had to go try some pizza. Our choice was narrowed down purely on location (we were either going to be Grimaldi’s or Lombardi’s, as those had the best reviews and in the areas we were headed to), but ultimately, the line at Grimaldi’s was deterrent enough.
Lombardi’s Coal Oven Pizza
Location: 32 Spring St
Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 11:30am to 11pm
Friday and Saturday: 11:30am to 12am
Atmosphere: Busy, oldstyle decor
Notes: Cash only
Lombardi’s proclaims they are the first pizzeria in America, and have the decor to support that. The main dining room is rather cramped, and I was unsure if there was another section in the back as we heard loud conversation from beyond the walls.
After shopping to our hearts content at Uniqlo in Soho, we headed over to Nolita (all these acronyms) for some pizza. As none of us were particularly hungry, we shared a house salad and large margherita pizza.
The salad was predictable and safe, and the pizza, while tasty, had meager toppings. Yes, a margherita pizza is just mozzarella and basil, but the amount they gave us was a little sad to behold.
All in all, not terrible but definitely not bang for your buck (over $20 USD for a large pizza). If I was in the area again, I think I would prefer to venture over to Chinatown or Little Italy (which we did afterwards) and check out the food offerings there.