It’s starting to feel like ignorance was bliss. The pizza in New York is delicious and it’s making it harder and harder to have pizza anywhere else.
Unfortunately, my trips to the Big Apple are few and far between, which means I have to really savor a slice of pie during my visits.
When we took a weekend trip to the city last year, we stumbled across a place in Little Italy (Pomodoro Restaurant) that made an awesome vodka pizza. I loved it but we try to always visit new places anytime we go to New York.
During our most recent visit, I did a little research beforehand and figured out that Bleecker Street Pizza was the place to go.
This little, neighborhood spot in Greenwich Village is well known for serving great pies and the walls of the restaurant are adorned with pictures of celebrities who have stopped in for a slice over the years.
Everyone raves about the Nonna Maria pizza – a classic New York style crust that’s topped with marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil – so I knew what to order when we walked in. Unfortunately, a large group that had just come in knew the same thing I did about the Nonna Maria and ordered all the slices they had. I was told to come back in 20 minutes and there would be a fresh one made.
Under most circumstances, someone telling me this would cause me to simply go somewhere else to eat. This time, I had a feeling the Nonna Maria would be worth the wait.
When we returned for some pizza a few minutes later, a fresh (beautiful) slice of the Nonna Maria was calling my name! I paid $3.50 for this enormous slice, found a seat by the wall, and dug in with my first bite.
The thin, crispy crust was cooked perfectly and the tomato sauce was robust. The sauce had an excellent blend of herbs and spices that gave the pizza a great kick. The mozzarella was creamy and almost sweet and the basil offered a fresh, light flavor to finish it off.
With the bright red, green, and white colors, it was almost too pretty to eat. But it was too delicious not to eat!
I’ve been to many restaurants that try to do too much with pizza. They go crazy with the toppings or use a weird sauce and take shortcuts on the crust. Bleecker Street Pizza is a great example of a restaurant that is keeping it simple but still doing an outstanding job.
Maybe it’s simple enough that they can teach me how to make the Nonna Maria at home
Bleecker Street Pizza
69 7th Avenue S., New York, NY 10014
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