Classic pizza joint. Landmark NoLita restaurant serving coal-fired, thin-crust Neapolitan pizza since 1905.
* First thing to note: they take CASH only. There’s an ATM inside if needed. * Anyways… Best pizza I’ve ever had. My number one has been Juliana’s for a few years, but it’s now Lombardi’s <3 We went on a Sunday night and were seated right away. Service was great, we had the nicest waiter. Table was not tiny or squished with other tables, like many other ny restaurants. Got the rustic pepperoni and added mushrooms. DELICIOUS and perfect. We ordered the meat balls appetizer but they accidentally added them as toppings on the pizza. Worked out because the pizza was plenty of food for us. Bread sticks were also super good. The bread was so fresh and soft and slightly crisp on the outside. Only two dessert options so we got gelato at Figo nearby. Perfect evening. We will be back for sure.
I had this pizza ? way back in 2010 or 2011. Really before the big social media craze. We walked right into store one Friday evening and there was no wait. You could order multiple sizes. It was the best pizza I’ve eaten. Fast forward to today and I noticed it’s super busy and they only offer one size and they herd you and out. The pizza is still good and served hot. It’s just not what I remember it being. I assume the craze of it being “ original pizza place in NYC”, has caused all the tourists to come calling.
Classy old sit down joint. Came here for a drunken pepperoni pizza craving and was not disappointed. The pizza was somewhere in between NY style and rustic Italian style. It was fantastic. Their bar seemed to be fully stocked as well. A little pricey, but would definitely come here again for lunch or dinner.
My sister and I came during the last week of December. It was busy but we only waited for 20 min to be seated. The servers were incredibly polite. Pizza crust was well done and crispy. The sauce has a nice herb-y taste, cheese oozing with salty goodness, and the pizza was pipping hot from the oven. The place is a bit small, but there’s outdoor seating available. I can’t wait to go back again!
Lombardi's is a great pizza joint! The inside was clean, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. We ordered Grandma's meatballs, this Caesar salad, and the margarita pizza. We also ordered the Italian seltzer, blood orange flavor, which was our favorite thing we got! It was homemade Italian soda. The salad had very fresh lettuce and romaine leaves, and the dressing was homemade with a rich flavor. The pizza crust had a nice crunch to it, but I think the pizza was just as good as pizza I've had in my hometown before. I thought it was cool how Pizza hut, Papa john's, domino's, and every American Pizza chain has stemmed from this location, the first pizza restaurant in all America. If you're looking for the best pizza in your life, there might be other places in little italy, but if you're looking for a nice evening and a cool piece of history, definitely check this place out!
If you are interested in trying the original pizza from the first pizzeria in the Unites States, this is the spot. I ordered their original margherita, the pizza was good, but unremarkable (pizza has evolved so much since then, it's hard for this to compete). Towards the center of the pie, the crust was floppy, and the outer crust was cracker-like and crunchy (but not burnt). The sauce was very good, as was the mozzarella. Enjoyable, but nothing to write home about. Service was good, they were attentive and friendly. Beepers are given out while waiting for a table, and I only had to wait about 10 minutes or so on a busy Saturday lunch, so not bad at all. My only complaint is that the restaurant is strictly cash only, with an ATM in the dining area. I feel that that should be verbally expressed to guests that come in, as I felt a bit ripped off that they were able to extract ATM fees out of me, not to mention this is 2022, the most common payment methods are either cards or digital wallets.
As someone who lives in NY I tend to avoid popular restaurants like these out of fear they are a tourist trap. However, my experience at Lombardi’s showed me that these landmark restaurants can be great when run correctly. While our table had to wait a while to get seated, the service was great and our food came out very quickly. Throughout your meal you can see the waiters rapidly bringing out pizzas from the kitchen to customers, sometimes 3 at a time. We ordered the Caesar salad which was solid, and improved with some extra dressing. For our main course we had the Margherita pizza and the Cake Boss Pizza, the latter having arugula and prosciutto on top. Both pizzas were piping hot and extremely fresh. The smaller size of their pizzas make it perfect to order multiple pies and share with a group. While the prices are a bit steep, it’s worth it to have a slice of history and a good time as well. I don’t know how often I’ll be returning to Lombardi’s, as the constant (but warranted) business makes it hard to get a seat. However, I will definitely think of this place for future events and recommend it to anyone looking for fresh and delicious pizza.
This place is CASH ONLY! Hand made sparkling water was amazing that I ended up ordering all flavors. Clam pizza was delicious but it was cold. I'm not sure if it's supposed to be cold. Pasta was non Bueno. Photos are: - Italian spritzer blood orange, grapefruit, and lemon - Our famous clam pie - Tagliatelle basil pesto