I have already mentioned here on the blog about my love for Italian cuisine and of course, besides the pasta, this love involves pizza! It is funny to remember that when I lived in Brazil I used to eat more pizza than pasta and here in New York it’s the opposite. If we go to an Italian restaurant that has both options on the menu, I will probably not to choose pizza. But I love it! Below, I’ll list the places I know and recommend. Yes, I know there are more options, but I preferred to talk about what I know.
Roberta’s – considered one of the places with the best pizza in New York, with Michelin stars, approved by Jay-Z, this place is city’s and Brooklyn’s classic. The restaurant is located in the Bushwick neighborhood, a super-cool and growing area in the city. The pizzas cost from $12 and the menu has about 9 options – you can also customize and add more toppings. Roberta’s is open daily for lunch, brunch and dinner. Be prepared, because the place does not accept reservations – peak times are on weekends. In addition, Roberta’s also features a space at UrbanSpace Vanderbilt, a cool food court located near Grand Central.
Address: 261 Moore St (Brooklyn) / 230 Park Avenue (UrbanSpace Vanderbilt).
Grimaldi’s – if you have been at Brooklyn Bridge Park you probably you saw Grimaldi’s Pizzeria queue. What I discovered recently is that there is a location also in Coney Island without any lines and more spacious. Pizza with 8 slices cost on average from $16 to $18 (with cheese, tomato and basil). You can add some toppings – such as pepperoni, spinach and mushrooms. The value for each extra ingredient ranges from $ 2 to $ 4. The pizza is very tasty with thin crust. I do not think is worth the wait up to 40 minutes in Brooklyn Bridge Park – but as in Coney Island the place is not so crowded, it’s worth to try, right? The restaurant only accepts cash.
Addresses: 1 Front St / 1215 Surf Ave.
Juliana’s – although I have never tried Juliana’s pizza, I had to mention this place because I know it is a must – it is the only exception to my post! Juliana’s belongs to the first owner of Grimaldi’s (that’s why Grimaldi’s is so famous, even though it no longer belongs to the guy who has won fame!). It’s among the most famous pizzas in city – and its giant queues do not deny! There are three pizza options: Marguerita, Marinara, and White, which start at $18 and you can add more toppings – starting at $2. There are also six special pizza options (no substitutions) with prices starting at $ 22. Open daily.
Address: 19 Old Fulton St.
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza – this pizza is not only delicious but is also one of the most famous of the city. Artichoke Basille’s Pizza serves mega generous slices for $4 to $5. Flavors include MeatBall, Sicilian, Margherita, pepperoni and of course Artichoke, which is the most classic of the place – you must try it this one! Delicious, creamy, and a dough that does not remember those $1 slices!
Locations: 111 MacDougal St / 114 10th Ave / 328 E 14th St / 22-56 31st Street (Queens) / 59 5th Avenue (Brooklyn) / 148 N 7th St (Brooklyn) / 9102 4th Ave (Brooklyn).
San Matteo Pizza & Expresso bar –San Matteo Pizza & Expresso bar – recommended by guides like Zagat and Michelin, San Matteo is a very typical place with Italian customers and Italian management. The restaurant is small but cozy, and is always crowded! The menu has pizzas from $ 11, which are enough for two people. The dough is delicious! I loved the one with cheese, truffles and prosciutto. Another highlight is the “pizza con Nutella” ($14), warm, with lots of Nutella and served in a way that already fills your eyes. San Matteo also has typical starters, such as a cheese plate and burrata. Open daily for dinner and also for lunch on weekends.
Addresses: 1739, 2nd Avenue – menu aqui. / 1559 2nd Avenue,
Kesté – Kesté offers the authentic tradition of the art of Neapolitan pizza making and its owned by world renowned Maestro Roberto Caporuscio. If you wanna have an idea, the many accolades for Kesté include “#1 Pizza in New York” by New York Magazine, “Best Pizza” in the State of NY by Food Network Magazine, amongst the top 25 “Best Pizza Places in the US” by Food and Wine Magazine and 5 of “The Most Authentic Pizzas Outside Italy” (the only one in the US) by Mr Porter. With so many awards, it’s not surprising that they have 3 locations in the city. Kesté Pizza & Vino offers over 70 types of Neapolitan pizzas, all original creations by Mastro Pizzaiuolo Roberto Caporuscio, signifying his knowledge of the history, the authentic tradition and the evolution of Neapolitan pizza. In his unique offering, Mastro Caporuscio also added 7 different types of fried pizza and 18 types of gluten-free pizzas. You can check the menus on the website. Prices are also great – pizzas start at $10, on average. And I couldn’t forget to tell you about Nutella Pizza: just try it! Kesté doesn’t take reservations,
Adresses: 271 Bleecker St (West Village, aberto para almoço e jantar), 77 Fulton St (Wall Street, aberto para almoço e jantar) e 232 N 12th St (Williamsburg, aberto para jantar).
Adrienne’s – Adrienne’s is located in the heart of the Financial District on a street that claims to be one of New York’s first streets, Stone Street. Over there, the atmosphere is a delight, especially in the summer, because there are a lot pubs and restaurants together. What makes the place special is the Old Fashioned Pie style pizza, a square pizza ($23), and enough for 2 to 3 people. Also, there are the traditional round pizzas – from $ 15 (Quatro formaggi is wonderful!). Open for lunch and dinner. Open for lunch and dinner.
Address: 54 Stone Street.
Laura Peruchi is a Brazilian blogger, author, and entrepreneur. She has lived in Manhattan with her husband since 2014. Since then, she has shared on her blog varied content about the Big Apple. From travel tips, including unusual things to do, shopping tips, etiquette, restaurants, and a lot more, her blog has become a reference in Portuguese (also available in English) for anyone planning a trip to New York City.