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Lombardi's Coal Oven Pizza

Lombardi's Coal Oven Pizza

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NoLita, New York
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    "Try the Margherita Pizza - Eating at the nation's first pizzeria!"(21 Tips)
    Jamie B.
    "First pizza joint in the U.S., excellent Original Margherita pizza!"(38 Tips)
    Pelin G.
    "Classic NY style pizza, really good!"(5 Tips)
    Renee D.
    "The white pizza is the best, followed by pepperoni or clam."(10 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterMarch 17, 2014
    Lombardi's is not the best coal oven pizzeria in New York City, but it is the oldest, and the pizzas do not disappoint. Read more
  • Che F.heart icon on user image
    Che FranciscoMarch 1, 2016
    Yes I fell in love with the official first US Pizzeria. The Margherita was just right, thin, not too saggy cheese and fills my tummy to th brim with only 1 slice! Will surely come back for more!
  • Krisanta F.
    Krisanta FiloteoOctober 4, 2013
    Great pizza. The small comes with about six slices but the sizes are pretty big. Cash only! They do have an atm machine though & all parties must be present to be seated. Not a "meet up" spot.
    Upvoted Oct 3
  • StayNYC R.
    StayNYC RentalsAugust 8, 2018
    Landmark NoLita restaurant serving coal-fired, thin-crust Neapolitan pizza since 1905, making it the first American Pizzeria. It's cash only, and sometimes there can be a wait but definitely worth it.
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkJanuary 22, 2015
    New York's the first pizza place is what they say. Its worth to come, at least once, for tourists. If you d like to try this and that but you are not a big eater, order half and half. Cash only.
  • Divya M.heart icon on user image
    Divya MulanjurNovember 29, 2014
    The first pizzeria in America also serves amazing pizza. Whether the original margherita or the white sauce - both are brilliant. 3 small pizzas were still too much for 4 of us!
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    PaddyAugust 10, 2015
    The "first pizza of New York" we had a large margarita pie w meatballs and it was great. The marinara sauce was delicious, as was the mozzarella and meatballs were awesome. Much better than Grimaldis.
  • Marcel E.heart icon on user image
    Marcel EFebruary 17, 2017
    I have to come here every time I'm in town. Yes it is very touristy because it is the first pizzeria in NY but who cares pizza here is great. It is cash only so make sure you bring some.
  • Eric F.heart icon on user image
    Eric FriedmanMay 8, 2014
    Hello tourist! Try a pepperoni and sausage pizza for a great pie to share - might be crowded but it's still great pizza.
  • s v.heart icon on user image
    s vSeptember 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    CASH ONLY. Forget the tourist wait & call in. Pick up in 15-20 min (go to the back to the kitchen) and go eat in comfort of your home/park next door/Eliz st garden block away...
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkDecember 5, 2013
    For a non-New York resident this pizza joint lives up to its status. Known to be one of the best NY pizza places, the lines out the door and constant crowds give you the hint. Any pizza order will do.
  • Debbheart icon on user image
    DebbApril 5, 2017
    Excellent pizza!Loved the place and the food. One of the best pizzas that I've tried in NYC.The only bad thing is that you have to eat the pizza in paper plates, so it's not not comfortable.
  • Kelly A.heart icon on user image
    Kelly AJuly 15, 2017
    Trust me when I tell you this is the best pizza I have ever had in my life!! Amazing balls of the meat as well!! Will be back!
  • karla
    karlaJanuary 15, 2015
    Best pizza in town!!! Did you know this was the first pizzería in america an it's the only one with license for coal oven? The actual owner used to work for Lombardi they opened ob 1905
  • PureWow
    PureWowDecember 18, 2015
    This is where New York pizza was born. The pizzaiolos of olde New York learned their craft from Mr. Lombardi and his coal oven before they opened their own spots. Read more
  • Amy C.heart icon on user image
    Amy CummingsApril 30, 2017
    Everyone is saying they were full off one slice but I was able to eat half a large pizza! The pepperonis have these beautifully delicious pools of grease that I could not stop eating.
  • Crystal F.heart icon on user image
    Crystal FerreiroMay 3, 2016
    A pepperoni pizza! Simple but delicious! the thin crust is authentic to the ny slice. And the cheese was high quality! And it all smelled amazing
  • Mustafa Taha Ö.heart icon on user image
    Mustafa Taha ÖzalMay 14, 2016
    First Pizzeria in NYC. A must go at SOHO.
  • Kevin O.heart icon on user image
    Kevin O'NeillSeptember 1, 2014
    Classic pizza pies. Don't mess up the base with too many toppings. You just need a few to perfect it. Try the mushrooms and pancetta combo
  • Brian T.heart icon on user image
    Brian TothFebruary 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Pizza, pizza,pizza... Best in #NYC. There's always a wait- get a pitcher of sangria at the bar in the meantime. Antipasta app is great.
  • Josh J.
    Josh JJune 13, 2013
    It's a Wednesday and we came here around 7:45 pm. Waited in line for 0 minutes. I obviously don't know whether this is the best pizza on the planet but this is certainly the best pizza I've ever had.
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    isawgirlOctober 9, 2014
    Their pizza options are great! Make sure you're not so hungry yet when you get to Lombardi's coz you might have to wait for seats. The place is always full.
  • Robert A.heart icon on user image
    Robert AccetturaApril 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite pizza places. Don't forget if you order multiple pies to ask them to stager them. That way you can try each one fresh out of the oven. Cash only.
  • Eugene B.heart icon on user image
    Eugene BMay 7, 2016
    For the ultimate date night, ask to be seated downstairs. The tables are practically inside the restrooms; the sound of the hand dryer and the soft bleach smell goes wonderfully with the famous pizza.
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    💎TFebruary 23, 2015
    It might've been the best pizza in NY at one time, but it definitely isn't now. You're not getting what you paid for at this place. The pizza wilts when you hold it and the bottom is wet !
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJuly 11, 2013
    Combining 2 of the most classic Italian foods into one is genius. A slice of their decadent meatball pizza is a must-have; we love that it's balanced with thin, crunchy crust instead of a doughy base.
  • Karen P.
    Karen PakMarch 14, 2013
    Artichoke is still the shit. 'Nuff said. BUT workers saw us eyeing the shit out of someone's cream soda drink, so my friends & I got one on the house! Nice staff, good food- it's just love y'all!
  • Graylyn R.heart icon on user image
    Graylyn RooseNovember 19, 2016
    This is a small, simple menu, but it has great options. Try the clam pizza! Great location, and the ambience makes it the quintessential Little Italy spot.
  • Lori M.
    Lori MichelleJanuary 26, 2014
    not just a spot for tourists but for real Italian food fans and Italians alike, well worth the wait every time for the first pizzeria in NYC and also the best!
  • Buford B.
    Buford BarnesFebruary 29, 2012
    Established 1905 and operated until 1984. In 1994, a friend of the family reopened a block away. The original sold tomato pies wrapped in paper, tied with a string and claims to have invented NY style
  • Dave S.heart icon on user image
    Dave SawyerJune 24, 2015
    It's as delicious as billed, and equally historic. But, their policies are as well... come flush with cash, 'cause that's the only form of payment they accept! And, the pies run +$20 ea.
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    jiresellDecember 31, 2015
    One of the NYC classic pizza places! Delicious crust, and really good salad. Be forewarned, cash only.
  • Patricia C.
    Patricia CloughJanuary 1, 2012
    Worth the 30 minute wait if you're with out of town guests. The bruschetta was heaped w chopped, garlicky tomatoes. Get a large pie, and consider 1/2 pepperoni & sausage, 1/2 fresh ricotta. Super yum!
  • Rachel K.heart icon on user image
    Rachel KAugust 25, 2014
    One of the oldest pizzerias in NYC. Uses a brick oven which is constantly on (off only for brick repairs). Part of Scott's Pizza Tour.
  • Chophel N.heart icon on user image
    Chophel NamgyalJune 15, 2017
    IMHO Lombardi's is slipping. I gave it two last trys - I'm over it. It's mediocre at best now, guess it seems like they don't need to try as hard. Tourists will enjoy it. Prince st pizza FTW
  • Volkan Ü.heart icon on user image
    Volkan ÜstanSeptember 23, 2016
    A cosy place with delicious pizza. You shoul try. Also it is said to be the first pizzeria in the US.
  • Funesheart icon on user image
    FunesMarch 28, 2016
    This place is a tourist hot spot for a reason. Great pizza. It's the quintessential NY slice, non of that fancy Neopolitan pizza, this is pure NYC.
  • Yamila K.
    Yamila KJanuary 17, 2015
    I don't think the quality of the pizza is worth the wait. It was really good and tasty but I feel like there might be other gourmet pizzerias that do not have long queues
  • Doug S.
    Doug SellersJuly 12, 2013
    We had a large (8 slices) with half wild mushrooms and sweet red Peppers, and the other half with garlic spinach and homemade meatballs. It was DELICIOUS!!!!!!
  • Lou C.heart icon on user image
    Lou CarulliDecember 8, 2014
    Really as good as it gets for old world thin crust pizza in NYC. You cant go wrong with any of the pies at this place. VERY Touristy!
  • Mimi W.
    Mimi WOctober 10, 2013
    Felt great to be in the first pizzeria in the US. Ricotta is a must have topping. I got the margarita pizza with ricotta and meatballs-- amazing!!
  • Peter
    PeterApril 12, 2013
    we walked and walked and when we got here, it actually lived up to the hype. Great pizza. only complaint was the water they served. Tepid and had a funny taste. Get wine instead
  • Jesse A.
    Jesse AngelinoJanuary 15, 2015
    The only thing better than a NY style pizza,is an original Italian pie😍 Only place you'll find one,(and they are huge)is Lombardis downtown.👍👍👍👍👍
  • David ☕️ K.heart icon on user image
    David ☕️ KleinNovember 29, 2014
    Don't be afraid of the line. Drink a couple beers at the bar. The pizza is worth the wait. You can always order takeout too.
  • Heisenbergheart icon on user image
    HeisenbergNovember 5, 2015
    The first pizza place on NY? History says so. Enjoy the pizza but avoid the extra ingredients, who are kinda of expensive. Pizza is good, very good, but is not the best of NYC
  • Jamie B.
    Jamie BachmanOctober 27, 2012
    First pizza joint in the U.S., excellent Original Margherita pizza! Definitely competes with the best CT pizza joints, Colony, Pepe's, Rosalind and Modern.
  • Dawn F.heart icon on user image
    Dawn FNovember 29, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Our fave in NYC! We come here every time we visit. Any of the pizza is good. Fair warning - it’s cash only.
  • Freya
    FreyaMarch 30, 2019
    America’s 1st pizzeria! It’s a bit of a tourist trap and the service is slow but the big pizzas served above the table are great fun 🍕
  • Emilio V.heart icon on user image
    Emilio VitoloDecember 30, 2014
    Great Family Joint to come to ..I've been eating this pizza since I was a kid and love Johnny ..pizza and crust is very tasty
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle ButlerApril 15, 2013
    They accept reservations Mon-Thurs. Pizza was yummy! Exactly how it should be. Cash only, but they do have ATMs inside. We ordered a Large (18") Margherita to share, $24.
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