Trying to find the best pizza spot in New York City?
Many people have mixed feelings about different pizza parlors here in New York and at times that can make it hard to really crown New York City's finest.
Quite possibly my favorite article to refer to is one that was published by Thrillist where they named about 25 of the City's best and leave the top 7 to:
MOST OF THESE PARLORS ARE IN BROOKLYN... SO I PERSONALLY THINK ITS SAFE TO SAY THAT BROOKLYN HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN NEW YORK.
I personally have not had a chance to visit all the pizza places on the list, however I've had a lot of pizza throughout all of New York and Long Island... And I mean A LOT...
MY TOP 3 NYC PIZZA SPOTS ( CURRENT ) ARE:
My experience with Rizzos pizza begins with a simple double tap of a photo of their pizza on Instagram. I soon started to follow them and within a couple of months of seeing delicious pizza on my news feed, I gathered my brother and my cousin and I drove us to Lower East Side of Manhattan from Brentwood, Long Island ( 45 miles east ) .... Just for pizza... On the way there I hit a huge pothole on the 278 right before the Williamsburg bridge and my tire exploded and my wheel was bent really bad... I parked the car about 10 blocks away from Rizzos and much to my surprise and luck, I did not have the tools to remove and replace my wheel. Long story short, I left the car there, we walked to Rizzos, and ordered about 3 pies for ourselves, it quickly took my number 1 spot, the service was great, the location was awesome, the people in the restaurant were friendly and the pizza was delicious. By the end of the night I had a friend meet us to help remove my wheel and replace it, the drive and hassle was definitely worth it - that little night of pizza cost me about 450$ - but it was worth it and I highly recommend Rizzos to any one and everyone - they have two locations - one in LES and the other in Queens.
2. Di Fara
Number two on my list goes to Di Fara, I just had them yesterday ( February 14th 2015 ) and no it was not a valentines thing, just stopped by for lunch. After trying find someone who would again be willing to take a 45M- 1H drive with me from Brentwood to Brooklyn, I was able to convince my cousin who was in town with his girlfriend for the weekend, to meet me there ( Btw thanks for the Cuban cigars and Beer! ). I showed up late because I took a wrong turn and ended up in LES 😂😂😂😒. But when I got there, they were only open for about 15 min, so I wasn't too late, BUT... We waited in line for 2 hours, the place is very small but I absolutely love how the pizza is made right in front of you. Yes most pizza places the pizza is made in front of you but there are usually glass windows or boxes or something in the way, here at Di Fara's, it's literally like 4 feet in front of you and I think the best part is when they add the spinach, it's the last ingredient they add.
A bit pricey, I mean all good pizza is... But we spent 66$ for 2 pies, and a Pepsi. The wait was way too long, but I had like 5 slices hahaha- the pizza was good! And it was worth the wait, but it didn't take my #1 spot. All in all, it's def worth the experience and I highly recommend to get there early or be prepared to wait!
My number 3 spot is going to not a pizza parlor per se, but a BAR!? A bar? Yes a bar. This bar is located on metropolitan Ave in Williamsburg, and the best part about it is:
EVERY DRINK YOU BUY - YOU GET A FREE PIZZA - EVERY DRINK.
and it's not like a microwave shitty tiny slice, it's about a 6-7 inch round pizza, baked in a brick oven. It has an amazing taste and toppings are only 1$... The drinks are not expensive at all, a glass of blue moon would run you about 6-7$!
Its tiny and thin ( "that's what she said" ) but it packs flavor! The pizza is worth a try, and although I haven't been there during the week, I've seen the flyers state that they have a trivia night, so for all you trivia crack addicts, it's def worth a try!