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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Lombardi's Pizza: The first American Pizzera since 1905 -- Nolita

I often pass by this pizzeria in Nolita on the weekend.
It is hard not to notice the bright red awnings and Mona Liza's painting on the wall at the store front.
Not to mention a small crowd often gathering at the sidewalk waiting to get in.

Although I always have a hint of curiosity about this place, pizza is rarely my first choice of food.
The fact that Chinatown is within short distance walk away sure does not help the situation.

In Anthony Bourdain's book "Kitchen Confidential", he mentioned a couple of his favorite New York Food. Lombardi's white pie was one of them. Being Anthony Bourdain's fan, I was intrigued.

As I later found out from the internet, Lombardi was not just another Pizzeria.
Lombardi was the first American Pizzeria established in 1905.
(The old pizzeria closed in 1984 and reopened at the current location on 1994 by the funder, Gennero Lombardi's grandson, Jerry Lombardi, and his childhood friend.)

Half white pie and half Margarita. (White pie is too dry for me.)
White pie contains Mozzarella, ricotta, romano cheese, 
oregano, basil, black peppers, garlic infused oil. 
No tomato sauce.

Small pie with Anchovies mushroom, and Pepperoni .

The crust was thin and tasty, and the toppings were all very good.
The restaurant does not sell pizza by slices, so go with a group. 
It is also a good place to take out-of-town guests to.

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