The Big Apple isn’t just famous for Broadway and the Empire State Building, but also for its New York-style pizza. While there are many New York restaurants that serve pizza, some are considered landmarks by foodies and critics alike. BBonline recommends trying at least one of these three world-renowned pizza restaurants.Lombardi’s 32 Spring St New York, NY 10012 (212) 941-7994 www.firstpizza.com
Located in Manhattan’s Nolita or North of Little Italy neighborhood, Lombardi’s was the first pizzeria ever to open in America, in 1905. Founded by Italian immigrant Gennaro Lombardi, the restaurant’s coal-oven baked pizzas have had quite the celebrity following, with regulars like Jack Nicholson. The pizzeria’s Neapolitan-style (from Naples, Italy) pizzas feature crisp, smoky crusts with fresh mozzarella, and toppings like sweet Italian sausage, homemade meatballs, coal oven roasted peppers and more. The standard pizza on the menu is Gennaro’s Original Pizza, which is topped with mozzarella, romano cheese, San Marzano tomato sauce and fresh basil. The lines can be long, but since the restaurant expanded, the maximum wait is usually 20 minutes. Dine-in and check out the bar, or have the pizza delivered straight to your New York Inn.Ray’s Pizza 27 Prince Street New York, NY 10012 (212) 966-1960
Ray’s Pizza in Nolita is another famous establishment known for its Neapolitan pizza and its name. There are more than 40 pizzerias with the name “Ray” in them – Original Ray’s, Famous Original Ray’s, Not Ray’s Pizza and the list goes on. People still debate about which one became famous first, but the Ray’s Pizza started by Ralph Cuomo in 1959 and located on Prince Street is said to be the one that preceded them all. Try Ray's Famous Special filled with pepperoni, meatballs and bacon among other toppings, or order one of the White Pizzas with sauce, but plenty of ricotta and choice of toppings. Pizza slices start at $2 with whole pies going from $14 to $23. The extensive dine-in menu also has other Italian favorites, like baked ziti and chicken parmigiana. Ray’s can also deliver the pizza to your cozy New York Bed and Breakfast.Di Fara Pizza 1424 Avenue J Brooklyn, NY 11230 (718) 258-1367
Di Fara Pizza may be located outside Manhattan, but critics from far and wide rave about this pizzeria. For more than 40 years, this small pizzeria has served up homemade pies, which founder Domencio DeMarco prepares himself. Although he is more than 70 years old, DeMarco still works in the kitchen, making the dough 3 to 4 times a day for his famous Neapolitan pizzas that feature a thin crust with soft, folded edges. Food critics have asked him about what makes Di Fara’s pizza so popular. DeMarco has said the secret is the fresh ingredients he uses in each pie: flour and mozzarella from Italy, basil grown at the restaurant and tomato sauce infused with olive oil. Pizza prices range from $6.50 to $14, and they only accept cash. Di Fara’s does not accept reservations, and even if you place a takeout order to enjoy the pizza in the comfort of your New York Inn, the restaurant does not accept phone orders.