Best Pizza in Hell

SaccoWho said you cant get good pizza in Hell’s Kitchen?  I did!!  Time and time again.  But things are different now.  I’ve scouted, examined, food poisoned the neighborhood to death for you loyal readers, both of yous.  Here are the results…

saccoSacco – You want 99 cents slice?  Plenty around.  But if you want the quintessential New York slice done right, you head to Sacco, in business for over 50 years.  The slice holds it own, nothing soggy, perfect thickness and full of flavor.  You will be hard pressed to find a better NY slice.

Don Antonio – The Las Vegas of the NY pizza.  Meaning its not exactly your average NY pizza hole in the wall.  A full menu of antipasti and a huge array of pies.  This is Neapolitan pizza at its best from the Keste (west village) master and Antonio Starita from the famed Pizzeria Starita a Materdei in Naples.  Need I say more?  I have no idea who they are but it sure sounds impressive.   I’ve sampled about 8 pies here.  Try the lightly fried Montanara for something a little different, or the Diavola with the Sopressata which is meatier and milder than Merilu’s.  Wood burning oven means don’t get too comfortable.  You will get your pies within minutes.  Great for sharinDon Antonio Diavola

John’s Pizzeria – Another old-timer.  Eat and pray.  This is the touristy one with good cause, set in a former church.  Like a huge pizza diner.  No slices here and no individual pies like Don Antonio so not that sharing friendly.  But what you get is fresh ingredients and an excellent overall pie.  Love the Margheritas hereJohn's Pizza

Merilu – From Torino to NYC, Merilu with her 4 children and cousins (husband just eats the stuff, my kind of family) are making some great oblong shaped pies.  Is it a rectangle? Is it oval?  Who knows, who cares, its delicious.  Thin tasty crust with just the right balance of ingredients.  My favorite is the spicy sopressata.  If they have it out that day that is.  Otherwise try the Margherita or anything else that looks good on the display.  And if you come on Friday or Saturday you can also experience “the Merilu the meatball a”.  Juicy, meaty, cheesy goodness.  Fantastico stuff!

MeriluMerilu Meatballs

Capizzi – A solid alternative to the Don Antonio, John’s craziness and perhaps the closest thing to a pizza parlor you can only find in the outer boroughs.  The ingredients speak for themselves, like the bright fresh tomato sauce and the extra meaty pepperoni and sausagesCapizzi

So there you have it.  I’m pretty sure I’m not missing anything but if I am, comment away.  Buon Appetito Amigos.

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8 thoughts on “Best Pizza in Hell

  1. This is a fantastic post! My mouth is watering. Pizza is one of my major food groups, and I’ll definitely have to check out some of these places next time I’m in NYC! (I’m already a fan of John’s temple of pizza worship, though I’m usually scared away by all the bloodthirsty hordes of tourists mowing down everything in their paths en route to some Broadway show).

    • GL, Its getting pretty clear you and I share the same passions.
      John’s shul is probably my least favorite of this bunch, but its still pretty darn good

  2. The Great Lizby

    I went to Don Antonio (“by Starita” :)) this past Friday and it was awesome!! Thanks for the great tip! I had the fantastic “Vegetariana” and my dining companion had the Margherita. Per our usual pizza-eating protocol, we exchanged one slice from each of our pies, like a hostage exchange….so I can confirm that the Margherita was delicious as well. Thanks again!

    • Glad to hear GL!
      We do a similar exchange of slices. One time I came alone and it wasnt nearly as much fun.

  3. Tanya

    What about Annabel? 😉

  4. joann

    What about Justinos?

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