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Where to Find the Best Pizza in New York

8 Restaurants
Chewy, bubbly Neapolitan crust pizza reigns supreme at these restaurants, where toppings run from classic Margherita to a divisive pineapple and prosciutto.
Updated on 09 February 2023
76 Ainslie St., 11211 New York
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The kitchen here employs the all-powerful wood-burning oven to churn out delectable pizzas and baked dishes. Free-range chicken under a brick is united with broccoli rabe and olive oil-mashed potatoes for a crisp, ultra-flavorful plate; while pizza boscaiola, with pancetta, mushrooms, and mozzarella exceeds every addictive expectation. 

211-13 First Ave., 10003 New York
$$ · Pizza

The Alphabet City staple features a colorful exterior, exposed brick interior, and century-old coal-burning oven. This original outpost of Luzzo's features playful Neapolitan eats like burrata with prosciutto and la quadrata (square pizza). But be sure to save room because the highlight here is the Neapolitan-style pizzas, like Brutta Ma Buona with tomato sauce, sausage, and ricotta; as well as the EST, starring more of that smooth tomato sauce, spicy salami, mozzarella, and basil.

PDA Pizza
669 Union St., 11215 New York
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This delightfully named operation (PDA is short for public display of affection) is a fitting reflection of the owners' (Emi Guimond and her brother, Robert) charming vision. Slow-fermented sourdough is the secret behind their excellent pies, featuring ingredients such as roasted carrots with citrus butter and Bourbon, Brussels sprouts, and mushrooms. For those racing to catch the R, PDA offers breakfast from 7:00 AM.

261 Moore St., 11206 New York
$$ · Pizza

The city’s love affair with Roberta’s seems stronger each year, and for good reason. Everything from the industrial space to the underground bohemian vibe epitomizes Brooklyn-chic.  Queens native Carlo Mirarchi is the master craftsman here, turning out a range of creatively named pizzas, including one that mixes pineapple and prosciutto, soppressata and jalapeño, or arrabiata with sesame seeds. 

Seppe Pizza Bar
3 Navy Pier Ct., 10304 New York
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Seppe Pizza Bar might be located in Staten Island, but we promise it's worth it. The Navy Pier dining retreat combines contemporary-chic interiors and waterfront views (not to mention the flavorsome pizza) for a gastronomic homerun. And if you need some recommendations, our Inspectors recommend the green chili vodka-based L’Orto and the unusually delicious "Pep in your Step," starring pepperoni, sliced jalapeños and a drizzle of spicy honey.

Speedy Romeo
376 Classon Ave., 11238 New York
$$ · Pizza

Named for a racehorse and just as focused and quick, Speedy Romeo is in for a successful run. Part tavern, part roadside grill, its kitschy décor and modern touches transform this former automotive shop into a surprisingly attractive spot. Take a chance on the non-traditional but utterly fantastic pizza combinations, such as the St. Louis, layering a proper crust with meats, pickled chillies and Midwestern Provel cheese.

298 Atlantic Ave., 11201 New York
$$ · Pizza

Located just below street level on frenetic Atlantic Avenue, a nondescript façade holds a quiet den of serious Neapolitan pizza magic. While there are delicious salads, antipasti and desserts to be tried at Sottocasa, the name of the game here is undoubtedly their wickedly good pizza, served folded, bianche or rosse (with—hurrah!—a gluten-free option as well). 

Una Pizza Napoletana
175 Orchard St., 10002 New York
$$ · Pizza

Anthony Mangieri is no stranger when it comes to pizza. After bringing his talent from coast to coast, the pizza maestro planted roots in Manhattan with Una Pizza Napoletana. Tending to the wood-burning oven himself, Mangieri is deadly serious about Neapolitan-style pies, which also means there are no appetizers and limited dessert options—sorbet or gelato in true Italian form—but it's the pizza that takes center stage. Our Inspectors noted "fluffy edges, papery crusts and minimal toppings that hardly go beyond bubbly gumdrops of mozzarella di bufala and sweet tomato sauce".