198 Mott St
(between Kenmare St & Spring St)
New York, NY 10012
If you read my last post on the Meatball Shop, you’ll know that the Meatball Shop completely changed my outlook on meatballs. Since having them, I didn’t think meatballs could get any better…each meatball type that is served at the Meatball Shop is put through a rigorous selection process and emerged as a winner. They don’t serve sandwiches and pasta with meatballs; they serve MEATBALLS with bread and pasta. Well, here is life lesson for you: it is possible to be even better than the best.
Their meatball hero is orgasmic. The bread is soft Italian bread that is chewy and dense, but fluffy at the same time. Apparently, “whenever Frank Sinatra was in town, he would send one of his daughters down in a limo to pick up four loaves” of bread from Parisi. The meatball sandwich is lined with a thin layer of mozzarella to protect the bread from the tasty marinara sauce and of course to add a bit of creaminess to this tomatoey sandwich. The meatballs are SO incredibly tender, not crumbly at all, and if you give it a little squish, will feel that they are a little springy. I’m seriously salivating just thinking about them. Be right back, need to wipe down my keyboard.
Just kidding. Totally kidding.
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