Address: 32 Spring Street
What we ordered:
- Large Margherita Pie
Cost (post-tax, pre-tip): $26.75
We sat in the room downstairs and had to take the stroller down a long flight of stairs. Somehow Ryan stayed asleep during the move and continued sleeping soundly for the entire meal.
Ryan’s Report Card (1-10): 9
Lombardi’s, in Nolita, opened in 1905 and claims to be America’s oldest/first pizzeria…but it was closed for 10 years in the 1980s so that claim is a bit controversial. Regardless, it makes its way onto almost every list of top pizza spots in the city.
There’s a decent amount of seating in the ground level of the restaurant, but we were seated downstairs in the quieter wine area. The server helped us through the restaurant and down the stairs with the heavy stroller.
We also were joined by Ryan’s Grammie, who was our first guest taster for this project!
We ordered a Large Margherita Pie and were brought a pitcher of water along with some paper plates, small plastic cups, and silverware. It was kind of a weird mix of paper and silverware and felt out of place for the restaurant.
In about 10 minutes our pie came out looking great – they obviously use very hot coal-fired ovens and cook these up very quickly. The pie was on the saucier side (made with San Marzano tomatoes) with fresh mozzarella and a few pieces of chopped basil. It had a good thin and crispy crust with bubbles on a few of the slices.
It had good cheese pull. The sauce was close to perfect, very tomato-y and not too sweet. The three of us had no problem getting through a large pie, with Rob pulling a little extra weight of course…he might have eaten half the pie himself.
Overall this was a delicious pizza in a historic setting that we would definitely recommend for tourists and locals alike. Their Margherita is simple but a great example of a thin New York-style pie. Yum!