Lombardi’s Pizza New York City First Pizza
Posted By: Big G on January 11th, 2009
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This review got me into a bit of a disagreement with worstpizza’s own Pizza Expert. When I said we were going to Lombardi’s, I was told not to bother. I said the first pizzeria of NYC can not simply be surpassed because it was already reviewed by one of the team. I went with 2 longtime friends and Pizza snobs. We had a 10 minute wait but we were at the bar, so who really cares when you have have a cocktail to get the taste buds prepared for some pizza tasting.
We ordered 3 full sized pizzas. A regular and Sausage / Peperoni and a Pizza with onions and green peppers. I do not like green peppers but the regular was very good and the sausage that was used was just about the best I ever had on a pizza. I would have given this a higher rating until I went to Totonno’s Pizza the next day.
Lombardi’s put us in the basement that was a bit tight, but the waiter was a great guy who was at the top of his game. Everyone at the table enjoyed the meal and I really never felt like we were at an overly hyped tourist trap. The plaque on the wall outside was pretty cool and said it was a landmark and in the Pizza Hall of Fame.
There are lots of very good pizza joints downtown and I feel that Lombardi’s is definitely better then average but not nearly as great as all of the other sites say it is.
I give it 6 slices out of 8, only because of the competition and location. If Lombardi’s was in South FL. it would be a 7 – 7 1/2. Do not visit Lombardi’s to eat the best pizza you ever had, but go because it is a historic pizzeria that serves good pizza with a nice staff.
Now you can all disagree. My decision stands.