Well guys, I’ve found another amazing pizza place in NYC. It without a doubt makes my top three alongside Juliana’s and Speedy Romeo, making it a little bit easier for me to get some of my favorite pizza without having to leave my borough.
Luzzo’s prides itself in making top notch Neapolitan pizza with their 100 year old coal oven and ingredients imported directly from Naples. And it’s definitely one of those places where you can taste how fresh and high quality everything is despite how simple it may all look.
Because the crust is so thin, one person could definitely eat a whole pie by himself so when I went with my friend we shared the Bufala, which has tomato sauce, mozzarella di bufala, and basil, and the Martha, which has mozzarella, prosciutto, truffle pate, and basil. I always like to get the classic, simple pizza option as well as a more fun choice, so I can see how a restaurant does both. And boy, can Luzzo’s do both.
I feel like it’s always difficult for me when I review pizza places because I end up using the same words and phrases like thin, slightly charred crust, fresh tomato sauce, and just the right amount of flavorful cheese. All of which can totally be true at multiple places. It’s just hard to write about the subtleties and distinctions between all these places to really convey the differences. But please believe me when I say that this is some outstanding pizza. There was absolutely nothing I would’ve or could’ve changed about either pie to make it better. The only drawback, which doesn’t have anything to do with the food itself, was that this place only takes cash, but when it’s all so good that’s really just a minor issue.
I’m not sure why this place isn’t mentioned more frequently when discussing the best pizza joints in Manhattan, or all of New York City for that matter. I mean yes, it does get mentioned and reviewed highly, but I just want to shout from the rooftops, “Luzzo’s is amazing! You have to eat here!” But maybe that would mean people would start lining up here and making it more difficult for me to get my own pizza and we wouldn’t want that would we? Seriously though, the space is large enough and not really known for its long wait times making it even more of an enjoyable experience since that can be such a rarity at great restaurants in the city.
So, do me a favor and check out Luzzo’s for yourself will you? You won’t be disappointed, and if for some reason you are, then too bad and more for me.
211 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003