Lombardi’s Pizza New York Not Worth The Wait

1 8 slice rating

Posted By: Pizza Expert on August 8th, 2008
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One of my next stops during the pizza journey in New York was at Lombardi’s Pizza in Manhattan New York, located on Spring Street.  Lombardi’s considers itself one of New York City’s oldest pizza places.  It appears that they have almost doubled in size from my first time eating there, and appears much more cosmopolitan then a pizza place should be.  Since I hadn’t had this pizza for about 17 years, I was curious if it could live up to its reputation.

After waiting about 45 minutes in the heat to get in, we were finally seated in the basement, as if they wanted to keep me out of public viewing.  Would hate to be a server at this establishment since you have to walk up and down a steep stairwell to access the downstairs crowd.  Since this would be like my umpteeth slice of pizza this day, we got a small plain pie.

While waiting for the pizza I came to realize that every person eating there had an accent, from some foreign land.  I hope they do not think this is part of the sites to see in New York City!  Our food came and it was nice and hot, and although it tasted ok, it was nothing in comparison to Spumoni Gardens, or Di Faras Pizza.  The sauce was decent, and had a nice taste to it, and the cheese was quality, but I just didn’t think it should be considered one of the best in New York.

Maybe it isn’t fair to rate Lombardi’s Pizza in New York after having such amazing pizza elsewhere around the boroughs.  But I know the best pizza when I taste it, and Lombardi’s should not be classified as the best.  Maybe for a tourist visiting Manhattan for the first time, it would appear it is the best the city has to offer, but just a short distance away from Spring Streeet, there are many other delicious places. Places like Arturo’s on Houston.   I will give Lombardi’s 6 out of 8 slices.

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8 Responses to “Lombardi’s Pizza New York Not Worth The Wait”

  • MarieCW wrote:

    10 Oct 2008 at 9:53 am

    Reading this review and others on your site, I've come to realize that what you hold as your standard is not an authentic pizza. I'm sure you know *your* best when you taste it, I have no doubt you know what you like, but it's not true Neopolitan pizza. That's what my standard is, so now I'm not surprised I disagree with your reviews. You enjoy yours, I'll enjoy mine …

  • Craig (lapp) wrote:

    10 Oct 2008 at 10:00 am

    Please state what your authentic pizza is? Which places do you consider to have the best?

  • DANNY wrote:

    17 Oct 2008 at 6:06 am

    I AGREE WITH MARIE AFTER READING ALL YOUR RATINGS I UNDERSTAND THIS IS YOUR OPINION BUT IT LOOKS LIKE #1 YOU DONT LIKE AUTHENTIC NEOPOLITAN NOR TRUE COAL OVEN PIZZA SO ALTHOUGH I RESPECT YOUR OPINION I WOULD NOT AGREE NOR READ NOR RECCOMEND YOUR SITE IN ALL HONESTY CRAIG MAYBE YOU SHOULD CHANGE TO RATING MATZA BALLS!!!

  • Craig (lapp) wrote:

    17 Oct 2008 at 6:23 am

    Danny, one thing I know is pizza. If you truly think that Lombardi's which pumps out pizzas like papa johns nowadays, is authentic neopolitan, I am not sure my readers should qualify your comment as anything but uneducated. If you told me Sally's Piiza or Pepes in New Haven were authentic then I would certainly agree with you. If there was a matza ball pizza I would rank it! What other places do you consider “authentic neopolitan” or “true coal oven”. Keep in mind, just having a coal oven does not make it good!

  • DANNY wrote:

    17 Oct 2008 at 2:53 pm

    TOTONNOS IN BROOKLYN IS THE BEST BAR NONOE!!! PATSYS IS # 2 AND LOMBARDIS IS SOMEWHERE IN THE TOP 7. YOUR COMPARISON OF LOMBARDIS TO PAPPA JOHNS IS IDIOTIC AND LAUGHABLE PAPPA JOHNS USES KETCHUP GARBAGE CHEESE HORRIBLE OIL ETC AND THERE DOUGH IS…… LAMBARDIS WEATHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT AND REGARDLESS HOW THEY SO CALLED PUMP THEM OUT STILL USES HOMEMADE MOZZ- EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL AND SAN MARZAN TOMATOES THE ONLY THING I AGREE WITH YOU ON IS JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE A COAL OVEN DOES NOT MEAN THE PIZZA WILL BE GREAT. AS FAR AS UNEDUCATED YOUR COMMENT COMPARING AN INSTITUTION LIKE LOMBARDIS USING ALL HOME MADE TOP OF THE LINE INGREDIENTS COMPARED TO PAPPA JUNKS I MEAN JOHNS SPEAKS FOR YOUR INTELLIGENCE THEN AGAIN YOU ARE PROBABLY ONE OF THOSE WANNA BE'S WHO LIVES IN WEST BOCA RATON TRYING TO KEEP UPWITH THE JONES A KNOW IT ALL TYPICAL BOCA

  • Craig (lapp) wrote:

    17 Oct 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Agree about totonnos! But patsys I disagree on. Arturos is better. Yes maybe Lombardis is in top 10 for NYC but not if you include 5 boroughs. You should send me in your review, I will publish to show your opinion.

  • MarieCW wrote:

    02 Oct 2009 at 4:55 am

    Well, we finally took a trip to New Haven, just for the pizza. Both Sally's and Pepe's were huge disappointments. I have to assume the folks touting these places as “Great!” are those that grew up (or went to college) enjoying them, and love them based on those associations. Living in Maryland, I hear folks praising the local chain Ledo's (which, actually, tastes kind of similar to the New Haven type, now that I think about it), and I know it's because they just don't know any better.

    As an “outsider” in New Haven, I found them totally unremarkable. In all honestly, I would not order either of these for delivery, much less make a special trip for them. At least at Pepe's we did not have to wait. At Sally's we waited 4 hours (yes, seriously) outside, and then sat inside another half hour waiting for our order to be taken. These folks clearly don't care about customer service (or perhaps it's just that we were not “regulars.” We did see others just walk right in, bypassing the line, so there must be varying levels of service.) We wanted to try it, and we did.

    I realize I might be falling into the same bias, I grew up in New York, so I think pizza there is best. . . Nah, it really *is* better there! :)

  • MarieCW wrote:

    02 Oct 2009 at 11:55 am

    Well, we finally took a trip to New Haven, just for the pizza. Both Sally's and Pepe's were huge disappointments. I have to assume the folks touting these places as “Great!” are those that grew up (or went to college) enjoying them, and love them based on those associations. Living in Maryland, I hear folks praising the local chain Ledo's (which, actually, tastes kind of similar to the New Haven type, now that I think about it), and I know it's because they just don't know any better.

    As an “outsider” in New Haven, I found them totally unremarkable. In all honestly, I would not order either of these for delivery, much less make a special trip for them. At least at Pepe's we did not have to wait. At Sally's we waited 4 hours (yes, seriously) outside, and then sat inside another half hour waiting for our order to be taken. These folks clearly don't care about customer service (or perhaps it's just that we were not “regulars.” We did see others just walk right in, bypassing the line, so there must be varying levels of service.) We wanted to try it, and we did.

    I realize I might be falling into the same bias, I grew up in New York, so I think pizza there is best. . . Nah, it really *is* better there! :)

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