Even if you don’t live in New York City, you probably know that there’s a big, never-ending debate on where you can find the city’s best pizza. If you live in New York City, you probably know that there is a debate within this debate about whether or not Lombardi’s or Grimaldi’s is better. Seriously just Google “lombardi’s vs grimaldi’s” and prepare to be bombarded with more opinions on two pizza places than you ever wanted or needed.
Now, I’ll be honest and tell you that I have no idea where this pizza feud began or what it’s really all about. Based on my own personal opinion, those two places have the most traditional New York pizzas I’ve ever had (thin crust, tomato sauce, mozzarella), so maybe that’s what all the fuss is about? The whole there can only be one winner thing? I don’t know, but I’m quite happy to weigh in.
I stopped by Lombardi’s with a college friend when we were waiting to go to an event nearby. The place was cute and all Italian pizzeria-like just as you would want, red checkerboard tablecloths and all. We settled on the small original pizza, and I’m going to let you know right now that my first reaction was, “Wait. Where is the cheese?” I have to say that the amount of cheese on this pizza, or lack thereof, really influenced my opinion. It was just not enough for me! I really don’t like when I’m eating pizza and some of the bites are actually just tomato sauce on crust. Now the crust was wonderful and crispy and the tomato sauce was fresh and delicious, but as a whole? It was fine. Just because I feel like I’m in the sharing mood, I’ll let you know something. Out of the six slices in our pie, I ate four of them so it’s not like the pizza was bad. Or maybe deep down I really just wanted much more cheese and would keep eating slices until I felt like I had enough? I have a problem.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, I’m siding with Grimaldi’s on this one. Sorry Lombardi’s.
Small original pizza
32 Spring St
New York, NY 10012