Pizza: We're starting it off with an old-standby, but before you hop on the train you should know this: Lombardi's isn't technically the best slice in the city. It's good, yes. But the real charm and the reason we're including it on this list is because of its historical relevance in the pizza game. This Spring Street restaurant, located just north of Little Italy, was licensed by the city in 1905, officially making it the first pizzeria in America. In fact, many of New York's top pizza makers learned their craft from Gennaro Lombardi and spun off to open some of the city's most famous pizzerias, including John's, another contender on this list. Over 100 years after it opened, Lombardi's slightly charred pies are still delicious and draw hefty crowds from near and far.
Little Italy's Best Restaurants: Although it's officially located in Nolita, Lombardi's is just a few steps from Mulberry Street and definitely worth the detour, especially for first-time visitors. This Spring Street restaurant was licensed by the city in 1905, officially making it the first pizzeria in America. In fact, many of New York's top pizza makers learned their craft from Gennaro Lombardi and spun off to open some of the city's most famous pizzerias, including Totonno's, Patsy's and John's. Over 100 years after it opened, the sublime, slightly charred pies made with San Marzano tomatoes and fresh mozzarella top many a New Yorker's list of the absolute best. The restaurant also has a full bar.
Local Expert Andrea Wien Says:
Best for Pizza Because: Lombardi's is the first pizzeria in America - and it still serves up a fantastic pie.
Best for Little Italy's Best Restaurants Because: Opened in 1905, Lombardi's Pizza is officially America's first pizzeria.
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