Lombardi’s, New York, NY

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One of Mike’s favorite places to go in New York City is Little Italy…I have no idea why, other than the fact that he’s watched The Godfather a few (hundred) times too many.  I really have no objection though, since it’s just around the corner from both SoHo and Chinatown, two places I love to meander through.  Last time we were in NYC we found ourselves hungry in Little Italy and craving pizza…since we’ve never been, we had no choice but to check out Lombardi’s.  ;)

We came at an off time (around 4 in the afternoon), which was in our favor because even though the restaurant was pretty full, there was no waiting list and we were seated in the original dining room right away.

Within 2 minutes of being seated our waitress came by with ice water to take our order.  Neither Mike nor I had looked over the menu yet, but our waitress seemed to be in a bit of a hurry and we ended up not even looking at the menu once!  It didn’t matter though, since we already knew what we wanted to order – the Margherita pizza!

While we waited for our pizza, the manager was kind enough to let me take a few pictures of their amazing coal ovens… 

And then the pizza came and stole our full attention. 

The crust was thin and chewy, just the way I like it (as crazy as it may be, I’m seriously considering moving to NYC for the pizza alone…and Mike isn’t putting up any argument!).  Just take a look at this thing of beauty…

We were pleasantly surprised that there was a generous amount of cheese, especially for Margherita pizza (which can sometimes be lacking in cheese!).  There was fresh basil sprinkled on top and we think a little drizzle of olive oil.  Mike swore he could taste garlic, but the waitress said they don’t put garlic on their Margherita pizza (even in the sauce) unless requested. 

All in all, it was a fantastic pizza, and my only complaint was how salty it was.  I like a nice balance between the sweetness of the tomatoes and basil and the saltiness of the other ingredients, but unfortunately their sauce was so salty that it completely overpowered any natural sweetness.  That being said, their crust is some of the best I’ve had.  (I’m still on my quest to find the perfect New York pizza, lol!)

The best way to eat New York-style pizza, as demonstrated by Mike…

And just a heads up regarding payment – they only accept cash!  There is a conveniently located ATM in the restaurant though.  ;)


32 Spring St.

(Corner of Spring & Mott Streets)

New York, NY 10012

Tel.:  212.941.7994

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  1. says

    Thanks for the visit! That pizza is awesome. A great way of eating it, especially if you can stuff it with some extra arugula…



  2. says

    First of all, I am in love with the pull apart bread. Whether lemony or orangey. Also forwarded the recipe to my lemon-obsessed sister!

    No question Lombardi’s has delicious pizza! Agree completely about the crust. I love mine thin too. Haven’t been there for a while, so can’t comment on the saltiness…..

  3. says

    I LOVE Lombardi’s! When my friends and I are in the city and looking for pizza, it’s our go-to place! Glad you and Mike got to try it!

  4. says

    I love Lombardis. WHen a did a movie with a pizza scene in it years ago, we got the crew from Lombardis to coach the actors and make lots of pizza… it was wonderful and they were the best guys.Sorry your pizza was salty… maybe they were having a bad day??/

  5. says

    Wow that looks good! Now you have me craving pizza at 8:46am…And this totally inspired me to use the basil from my CSA on a pizza – it won’t be as good as Lombardi’s, but I’ll just add some garlic to make it extra delish! :)

  6. says

    I’m loving your photos- You really managed to capture the scene so well, I feel like I’m there, too! The downside of that, though, is now I really want a pizza. That crust is stunning!

  7. says

    Beautiful photos and beautiful crust! Hahaha I love that little italy is now permanently associated with the Godfather. Must admit though, that this pizza looks perfectly delicious!

  8. says

    I’ve never been to NYC, but going and trying their pizzas is definitely on my list of to do’s! Other than the saltiness, I’m glad you enjoyed the pizza. You are seriously making me so hungry! I’d move to NY for their incredible pizza (I keep hearing about) too ;)

  9. says

    Great pictures, Faith! Nothing compares to the taste of wood fired pizza. Thanks for leaving such a nice comment – it’s always a pleasure to read your posts! Enjoy your weekend. :-)

  10. says

    I can’t believe I’ve lived here my whole life and have never been to this pizza place! Actually, I’ve never even eaten in Little Italy. Oops! Sounds delicious though!

  11. Lazaro says


    Loads of history and great pizza at Lombardi’s. Love that place. In my top five for pizza in NYC for sure.

  12. says

    Great review! Do you feel nervous or shy when you take your camera into a restaurant? I don’t mind taking pics of my food but can’t get up the nerve to photograph the restaurant itself.

  13. says

    It really looks like our italian pizza, so I think you made a good choice :-) Yesterday night I was craving for pizza too, but it was so late that restaurants’ kitchens had already closed. So I took some bread, put some tomato sauce on top, added mozzarella, basil and a drizzle of olive oil. I put it in the oven for 5 minutes, and… Oh, what a great night :-)

  14. says

    Hi Faith–I have always heard that Lombardi’s is one of the original greats of NYC pizza, and the crust looks fantastic. Mike’s got the right action–fold over the slice and aim into your mouth!
    Too bad about the over-salted sauce.

  15. says

    Yes…NYC pizza can be so salty…but so good too! I wish I had a big slice in front of me now! Thank you for sharing with me. Visiting your blog is always a great way for me to end my weekend. I hope you have a wonderful start to your week. Many blessings!

  16. says

    Wow, I adore America Pizza, it just tastes soooooooo good, infect I think American Pizza is better than Italian Pizza, so eating Italian Pizza in America is the business. Love it.
    My baked beans on toast just doesn’t cut it next to this glorious looking feast. Glad you had a fabulous time. Hope your week is going smashingly sweetness. Xxx

  17. says

    What is it with men and the “Godfather” movies? LOL I swear, my husband and I could be anywhere on vacation, but if he’s channel-surfing and he finds a “Godfather” movie on, he will stop to watch it. And he’s already seen every one of them at least 5 times! My girlfriends all say the same thing about their boyfriends/husbands, too. Well, at least I think I could drag mine away from the telly if I waved one of these pizzas in front of him instead. ;)

  18. says

    We ate there last spring and it was everything I dreamed of. We had the Margherita as well. I agree, a teensy bit too salty but the rest is shear magic!

  19. says

    This place seems like a real gem to find in a touristy place like New York’s little Italia.
    I’m glad that you shared this litle chunk of history and the eateries reasonbly authentic food ;o)

    Ciao for now,

  20. says

    Wow that is some pizza…too bad about the sauce being on the salty side, wonder if it was just that days batch? Anyway looks like a great place to experience :)

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