211 1st Ave
(between 12th St & 13th St)
New York, NY 10003
I’ve mentioned my favorite pizza place a number of times on my blog because pizza is one of my favorite food groups and to this day, Luzzo’s still amazes me every time I go. It’s not even a comfort food. Every time I take a bite out of the Campana (pictured above: tomatoes, mozzarella, shaved parmesan, cherry tomatoes, and basil for $17), it tastes even better than I remembered. Every time! It’s always juicier, more flavorful, crust chewier, basil more pungent than the last time. So effing good.
But I’ll stop at that and focus on the other dishes now. This here has become one of my favorite pastas in the city. It is the Pappardelle Speck E Porcini, which is made with homemade pasta, speck, porcini mushrooms, and truffle oil. I actually blogged about it briefly before but my experience was not as good. I’ve now had this pasta three times and I think that first time was just an off-day for Luzzo’s. The next two times I had the pasta, it was perfectly al dente and deliciously creamy. The porcini mushrooms had a nice bite to them and of course a very strong shroomy flavor (highlighted even further by the truffle oil) which contrasted nicely with the cream sauce. Speck is very similar to prosciutto as they both come from the hind leg of the pig. However, speck differs in that it is cured after it has been deboned. It is also smoked with a variety of spices, which prosciutto is not. As a result, the ham is slightly less tender than prosciutto but much more complex in flavor. The smokiness went very well with the mushrooms and egg noodles. Definitely one of my favorite pastas.
edit: btw. I’m heading to Playa del Carmen this week so will be posting about my amazing Mayan food adventures instead! I’m going to try and keep up with my Mon/Wed/Fri posting schedule but am sending out a warning that I may not be able to because I may not have consistent internet and I just maaaaaaaay have better things to do than sit at a computer and write for you all. Please forgive me.
107 1st Ave
(between 7th St & 6th St)
Manhattan, NY 10003
I really wanted to like this place. They are rated with 4.5/5 stars on Yelp. I read all about the amazing brussels sprouts pizza and if you follow my blog, you know that brussels sprouts are my weakness. I’m also all for trying new things and with potato chips and smoked mozzarella on the menu, I couldn’t resist. I biked downtown with my roommates to check this place out as soon as we could. I was peddling extra fast because I was that excited to find a new potential “favorite” pizza place.
This is the Mégane. The menu lists the following toppings: brussel sprouts, bacon, smoked and regular mozzarella, rosemary, extra virgin olive oil. I was disappointed with how little brussels sprouts there were and how MUCH effing mozzarella cheese there was (none of which was smoked, or tasted smoked at least). Bacon was good, no surprise there. Crust was very mediocre, not soft or crisp. Rosemary? What rosemary? Brussels sprouts were soooooo sparse I had like two bites of them per slice! And each bite consisted of a tiny fraction of a wilted brussels sprout… not even crisp on top or anything. Meep. I was so, so sad this wasn’t great. Continue reading L’asso EV, I really wanted to like you.
I’ve mentioned Luzzo’s pizza quite a few times but have yet to write about it … until now.
211 1st Ave
(between 12th St & 13th St)
New York, NY 10003
For most people, pizza is usually delivered in a large cardboard box with various 5x5x5 coupons stuck to it. It usually comes at an ungodly hour when there are few options left. This changed for me when I moved to NYC and tried Ovest Pizzoteca, Luzzo’s sister restaurant. I started craving this pie like no other, and would drag people to go with me anytime we wanted to go out for a “nice meal” at an affordable place that is still cool and hip. Unfortunately, Ovest somehow was not able to sustain a consistency and frequently burned their pies so much that I feared for my health and ate only the toppings. LUCKILY, it’s sister Luzzo, is just as good/better really and always consistent.
Both restaurants serve neapolitan style pizzas, which has two main differences that set it apart from “American” Pizza-Hut-Papa-John style pizzas. The first is the texture and thickness of the crust. Luzzo’s pizza is thin and slightly crispy at the bottom, but soft on top. The end crust is very light and fluffy, and almost a little puffy. If you like really crispy thin-crust pizza, I would suggest you check out Posto or Otto because Luzzo’s is nice and chewy. American pizza tends to be thicker and softer all around, hence giving it the ability to fold in half and fit in a frat boy’s mouth in one bite… Continue reading Why Luzzo’s is great and I don’t care if you are a hater.
32 Spring St
(between Mott St & Mulberry St)
New York, NY 10012
Lombardi’s Pizza was never on my list of MUST-TRY-ASAP restaurants, mainly because it’s kind of in the Soho-ish area and is known to be very touristy. I’m not a tourist, I’m a New Yorker! I’ve been living here for almost 8 months now! Okay fine, maybe I’m not a New Yorker… but ever notice how people pretend they are after they’ve only been here a couple months? So many people here are just in transition. ANYWAY. Tourist traps are no fun. Therefore Lombardi’s Pizza is probably no fun. Probably.
You walk into the restaurant and you see tons of old photos and memorabilia hung on the walls, almost like a Hard Rock Cafe. You’re brought to the back room where all the other tourists are being served. You see camera flashes everywhere as people take pictures of their food, of themselves, of themselves with the food, and of you! – because they’re just that friendly. Clearly not from New York. You finally sit down and order. You pick their original tomato base at $20.50 (large) and toppings at $3 each. You sit and mentally prepare yourself for mediocre pizza. You can’t be disappointed if your expectations are low, right? Continue reading A Tourist Trap Isn’t Always A Trap … Lombardi’s Pizza