Joe’s Pizza: The Greenwich Village Institution. You know that when something is called an “institution” that it’s serious business.
Joe’s was established in 1975 by Joe Pozzuoli from Naples who still owns and operates the restaurant today–although it did move in 2005 to a new location just up the same block. This isn’t Neapolitan pizza or Roman pizza (or in their words, “no fancy pants pies”/”no string-bean, asparagus covered, wild turkey surprise pizza”). This is the classic New York slice. A classic New York slice that’s made it to the top pizza lists of tons of guides and publications like New York Magazine and GQ.
Joe’s may look like other slice joints in the city where it’s a tight space, pies are on trays at a counter, you pick what you want, and they heat it up for you…but this is special. All you have to do is look at the framed photos on the wall with all the celebrities who have visited the place to know that. Oh, and the sign that says that this is pizza place that Peter Parker worked at in the Spiderman movie. Yup!
You can get a full-size pie or a slice, and for both options you can get plain cheese (with any toppings you like), fresh mozzarella, or a Sicilian square. It seemed like the plain cheese slice was the way to go here, but I was super hungry so I went for a pepperoni one as well.
The slices are big, floppy, and perfect for the New York fold-hold. This is really the quintessential, wonderfully simple, no-fuss, mouthwatering kind of pizza slices that I love. It’s actually perfect because I’m in love with Prince St. Pizza‘s margherita slice and Sicilian square, and now I’ve found my favorite plain cheese slice and pepperoni slice in the city.
You’ve got a good thing going Joe.
Cheese slice, pepperoni slice
7 Carmine St
New York, NY 10014