Classic pizza joint
Pizza · NoLita · $$
The Zagat Review
This 1905-vintage NoLita pizza “shrine” , which claims to be America's first pizzeria, still draws throngs with its “real-deal” coal-fired pies; it doesn't take plastic or reservations, and you may have to “tussle with the tourists to get a table” , but it's a true “slice of NY” – even though it “doesn't do slices.”
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hours Open Today · 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
location 32 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012, USA phone +1 212-941-7994 website www.firstpizza.com directions Get Directions
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Outdoor seating
Zagat Mentions of Lombardi's
Google Reviews
Lombardi's Pizza advertises itself as being the oldest pizza establishment in New York City, and to my knowledge this is actually true, despite multiple other shops advertising themselves as also being the oldest. This pizza shop has been featured on multiple food related TV shows and specials, highlighting the fact that it is indeed the original pizza joint. My experience there was great, but I think my expectations and the fact that I sought it out based on the fact it's the oldest, forced my opinion to be a bit biased. I was a little put off by the wait times and amount of people gathered outside in pursuit of the few tables they had to sit at. However, I would say the wait was worth it and the pizza was phenomenal. It wasn't the best pizza I have ever had in my life, but it was a very unique experience and had a taste all of it's own that I don't think can be replicated anywhere else. The old brick oven they use cook the pizza in gives it this unique taste. I gave it 4/5 only based on the fact that there are places in the city that I think actually have a pizza taste that is more suited to my specific liking, and at a cheaper price with less tourists to deal with in between getting your food. The wait staff was extremely friendly and I would definitely go back again. I would recommend this place to people who ARE indeed tourists and want a unique experience, but I don't think the locals will get out of it what the travelers do.
Irina Orlova · April 24, 2018
Definitely a gem in Little Italy. The service was friendly and entertaining and the place was set up surprisingly well, giving the space they had to work with. You can walk right by the ovens in the back and immediately see how hard they are working to prepare your food. It's easy to tell the place has been in business for a long time. You get that old NYC nostalgia right away. The pizza is definitely a four out of five. We tried three kinds within our group and shared from each pan. All were amazing and presentation was a solid five out of five.
Phil Defranco · May 25, 2018
My daughter and I went there today and it was horrible. My daughter is from Italy and I've lived there 17+ years, so we know how pizza should be. Save your time and money and just get Pizza Hut. Seriously. Sausage tasted like a piece of rubber, the mushrooms weren't good, sauce was either straight out of a can or made by someone who doesn't know sauces, I'm betting on can..sauce is key, and this had no flavor at all. Pizza was over cooked, crust tasted like white bread toast. The lady greeting us was very nice as well as the big boss waiter we originally had. Changed to a bigger table, which meant different waiter. Our new waiter was some Columbian douche bag for real. He knew I was peeved about something and he clearly said something to his co-worker who eyeballed me. Worthless, unauthentic food that is NOT ITALIAN, not even an Italian in the place.
James Brock · June 16, 2018