Here's your official list of the best pizza in New York City. But don't stop here. Pick your pizza destination from our list based on what you're craving — whether it's a classic New York slice, a New-Age clam pie, a Sicilian slice that'll have you reconsidering a square pizza's place in the world, or even a vegan-friendly, veggie-topped delicacy that you'll never guess was made without real cheese. We've tried 'em – now you just gotta trust us.
Best True New York-Style Pizza
Di Fara tops every list of "best New York pizzerias" and it's all thanks to Dom DeMarco. DeMarco has been making every pie by hand for the last 50-plus years, since 1965 to be exact! This true New York pizzeria is well worth the trek out to Avenue J for — just expect a long wait. The dough is handmade and topped with fresh, top-notch ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella cheese, and Parmigiano-Reggiano, all imported from Italy. The result? A mouthwatering robust bite with a slightly tangy sauce, perfectly crisp crust, and fresh basil finish. You're not a true New Yorker till you've had a slice.
What to order: Get a plain regular round slice, or pie; the ingredients are so fresh, it's not worth masking with additional ingredients. The plain square is a close second!
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Best for Celeb Spotting
With or without the promise of catching Bey or Kendall mid-slice though, this spot is a must-try. And it's one of the few on the list that's BYOB! 🍷Grab a bottle of vino (or your favorite liquor) and head to Lucali just before they open, around 5:30 for dinner. You'll still wait at least 1.5 hours once you put your name, but it'll prove worthwhile. This place is run by Brooklyn native Mark Iacono, who's mastered the art of simple New York pizza, and the toppings are always changing based on the seasonality.
What to order: A large margherita pie with fresh basil. And, depending on how hungry you are, a ricotta calzone for sharing. Iacono says the calzones are even better than the pizza — if that's even possible!
Insider secret: Ask for the house "pepper sauce" on the side for dipping.
Best Nouveau Neapolitan
It's not often you meet a pizza-maker who can make a perfectly authentic margherita pie and also serve up an Americana version with tomato sauce, mozzarella, hot dog, and fries. Yes, fries! We're shocked just saying it. The masterminds behind Kesté pizza and PizzArte partnered on NYC's Ribalta Pizza, which is nothing short of extraordinary. All ingredients are purely Italian — from the certified Italian flour to the natural yeast and the buffalo milk mozzarella from Campania.
What to order: The staff encourages you to make your own pie by picking from their list of over 35 toppings. If you're not feeling creative, opt for one traditional margherita STG featuring fior di latte cheese, which lends a bit of a tangy flavor to the pie. And for a merging of Italian and American culture, order the Americana pizza topped with hot dog and fries. All your Instagram followers are going to wonder where you got this pizza!
No shame in this game. Your summer is screaming for this adorable insta-worthy pizza pool float. We don't even have a pool and we're craving one!
Best Old School Pizzeria
This family-owned pizzeria has been around since 1939 (!) and is now in the hands of the fourth generation of family members who're overseeing this Brooklyn staple. What literally started as a pizza shop that delivered products by horse and wagon is now one of the most established pizza landmarks in all of NYC, and locals and tourists alike come from all over to try their delicious Sicilian pie.
What to order: The signature square pie, which has a crisp crust topped with mozzarella cheese and a layer of zesty tomato sauce. Don't leave without a cup of the authentic spumoni, L&B's specialty Italian ice cream.
Best for Dough Snobs
The most notable thing about this NoMad-based pizzeria is that before you order your pie, you can choose from seven(!) different dough options. We've never seen anyone get this excited about dough — describing their blends like one would a wine varietal. For example, the Kamut Heritage Durum reads off the menu as delivering "... a full buttery taste and nutty mouthwatering finish." All of PN's flours are organic and made from ancient grains, which make them higher in fiber and lower in carbs (which means we can eat MORE pizza, right???).
Either way you slice it, these coal-fired pizzas are deeply delicious, and you can pick from a variety of toppings, which include vegan-friendly options. They also offer 7-inch pizzas during lunch hours if your appetite is more limited.
What to order: If you're looking for a rich pie, order the Tartufo with artichoke, white truffle puree, fresh mozzarella, pancetta, pecorino cheese, and arugula. Our mouth is watering just typing this ...
Best Sicilian Slice, aka "Soho Square"
Prince Street Pizza is a mainstay in the Nolita neighborhood. They're particularly known for their square Sicilian pies, also known as the "Soho Square." Swing by this standing-room only neighborhood joint for a pie to-go, or just a quick slice. Don't let the line deter you either — it moves fast! The Soho square pizza is covered in spicy salami and drenched in a tangy fra diavolo sauce which definitely brings a kick, but nothing too overpowering. The crust is crisp yet incredibly airy and when it comes out of the oven you can expect to see pools of grease settling in the pepperoni cups which round from the oven's heat. It's perfection.
What to order: Spicy Soho square pie. You won't regret it.
Tell it like it is with this hat that reads "I'm Saucy!"are back, and it doesn't get more fun than a hat covered with pepperoni pizza!
Best Shaped Pizza
Sure, we know pizza comes in different forms. Think: pizza rolls, pizza bagels, pizza cones, and more. But a pizza STAR??? It's a whole new world, and we never want to go back to boring round and square pies again.
At this Neapolitan pizza house, you can order any of their 16 pizza varieties in a 12-inch star shape, or what they call the Stella. There's nothing short of stellar about this! It's also worth mentioning that this place makes some mean homemade pasta, too. This is the place to head if you're carbo-loading, or just want to get served a very Instagram-worthy meal.
Another great thing about this family pizzeria is you can find them throughout the city at 11 different locations, all with slightly different menus. Food tour, anyone?
What to order: Anything in star form, as far as we're concerned! We're partial to buffalo chicken pizza, which we excitedly spotted on the Manhattan menu.
Best White Pizza
Williamsburg's Best Pizza didn't make this roundup because of its name. It earned a spot on our list because it's a serious slice joint you're guaranteed to visit more than once. Everyone particularly raves about the white pizza here, available in slices or as a pie. It's made with house-made mozzarella, fresh ricotta, pecorino, and caramelized onions. No matter what you end up ordering, you must add an order of their reputable garlic knots to go with it! Sorry, there will be no calorie-cutting at this spot.
What to order: White pizza, grandma pizza, and garlic knots. And if you still have room? You have to try their meatball sub.
Best Cheese Wiz (Not That Kind!)
The mastermind behind Kesté Pizza learned straight from the source exactly how to create authentic pizza. Roberto Caporuscio was raised on a dairy farm in Pontinia, Italy, and started producing and selling cheese within the region. Now he hosts cheese-making classes at Kesté's new pizza school on Fulton Street. However, if you want to taste true Italian-style pizza from top to bottom — or cheese to crust — stop by one of their three locations in the city.
What to order: We recommend a simple Margherita pie so you can taste the true flavor of the cheese, sauce, fresh basil, and delicious Neapolitan-style dough! A second favorite is the Quattro Formaggi. The more cheese, the better!
If you're into making homemade pizza then you're going to need a quality pizza peel. This one from Heritage is the perfect size, and made with high-quality wood, so it makes for great presentation when serving guests. And it doubles as a charcuterie board, too!
Best for Chewy-Crust Lovers
Motorino is a favorite pizza spot for many NYC foodies — and for good reason. The dough is this masterful Neapolitan creation that's not too thick, not too thin, but just right. Don't expect it to be crispy, though — this wood-fired pizza comes out a bit on the softer, chewier side. The menu, which varies by location, is divided into "red" and "white" based on your preference, with about 15 options total to choose from — or you can opt to order toppings a la carte to customize your pie.
What to order: For a heartier meal, order the meatball pizza, which is layered with house-made meatballs that would make even your Italian grandmother grin. The Brussels sprout pizza is also a menu standout! Keep an eye out for fresh, rotating ingredients, too! Pictured here is the seasonal ramp pizza.
Most Over-the-Top Pizza
Have you heard about the Pizza Box Pizza? If not, now you have! Vinnie's in Williamsburg has always been one to capitalize on bizarre food trends, their pizza box made of pizza crust being just one of the weird items they've introduced over the last few years — with a full pepperoni pizza inside!
When the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage legal for all, Vinnie's released a rainbow-colored pizza slice. When Prince died, they created a Purple Rain slice with purple-colored cheese. And, most recently, they even released a Tide-Pod-inspired pizza for the kids. The internet loves it, and apparently so does Instagram. Who knows what will be next?!
What to order: For its sheer shock value, and for the Instagram "likes," order the Pizza Box Pizza. Just to say you tried it!
Best Newcomer on the Slice Scene
Some of the best new pizza in NYC can be found in the midst of Gotham West Market's food hall. Michael Bergemann (of Ivan Ramen) opened this square slice joint, which offers tons of interesting, seasonal pizza toppings using local ingredients from the Union Square Greenmarket.
What to order: Order the seasonal slice for the freshest ingredients! You also can't go wrong with the tomato slice that hosts a combination of fresh tomatoes from New Jersey and canned tomatoes from Cali in every shade of pink, orange, and red. (Read: Instagram gold.)
Best Divey Neighborhood Pizza Joint
John's has some serious history behind it. It was founded in 1929 by John Sasso, and it's been family-run ever since. If you visit this pizzeria, you'll see it also maintains its divey, old-fashioned vibe with wooden booths and graffitied walls, which adds to the charm of this spot. There are no reservations and no slices served, but if you manage to get a table, order a few pies for sharing and enjoy the coal-oven charred crust with a chilled pitcher of beer for the table. This spot is ideal for socializing over fresh pizza.
What to order: Pies are your only option here. Our recommendation? Keep it simple with a large cheese, and then get more creative with your toppings on the second pie.
Best Pizza Experience
Sofia Pizza Shoppe is offering a truly unique experience for only the most committed of pizza lovers. For $38 you can purchase a ticket for the DoughDici Experience which offers you and a guest reserved seats for a 45-minute seating, one DoughDici pizza, and two non-alcoholic drinks. The pizza is not your standard pizza though. The crust is two-inches tall with a crispy edge and is covered in sauce, mozzarella, grated cheese, and basil. The dough ferments for three days before then rising in a pan with cheese for 12 hours — hence the name DoughDici which stems from "dodici" which is Italian for 12. Get your tickets while you can! They sold out the first few nights and there are only a limited number of seatings!
What to order: No choices here! The DoughDici Experience gets you one (read: delicious!) pizza for two.
Best Fried Pizza
The pizza genius behind Kesté pizza in the West Village (known for its authentic Neapolitan pies) partnered with mentor Antonio Starita on this midtown pizza joint that's the perfect spot to grab a quick pie and a glass of wine for a true European lunch break. Starita is a third-generation Italian pizzaiolo, and the pies are a true lesson in what it takes to make Neapolitan pizzas the proper way.
What to order: The Montanara Starita is one of its signature pies! It's fried pizza with tomato, basil, and smoked mozzarella. In fact, the restaurant even made an appearance on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives! Hey, if it's Guy Fieri-approved, it's guaranteed to be good!
Best Untraditional Crust (PSST: It's Everything Bagel!)
St. Louis-style pizza is having a moment, and Speedy Romeo feeds into that fad! Their Saint Louie pizza has provel cheese (provel's a combo of swiss, provolone, and cheddar and it has a tangy, almost umami quality to it) topped with Italian sausage, pepperoni, and pickled chilis. Another menu standout is The KC Royale with a mouthwatering combo of clams, pancetta, kale, fontina, béchamel, and lemon. This joint also cooks up other St. Louis-inspired dishes like ribs and a Kansas City Strip steak, so if pizza's not you're thing you'll find something else on the menu.
What to order: We're partial to the Paul's Boutique pie, pictured here, which has Katz's pastrami(!), dijon béchamel, smoked red kraut, fontina cheese, 1000 Island dressing, on an everything bagel crust! #Genius
Most Anticipated Pizzeria Opening
Naples' renowned chef Gino Sorbillo was recently recognized by Unesco for the art of Neapolitan pizza making — quite the honor! And just this past November, he opened his new pizzeria in NYC on Bowery, boasting pies made true to the Neapolitan tradition. Lines have been down the block since the opening, and people have been rushing to fill the 70-seat restaurant. If you're lucky enough to snag a seat, you can expect thin crust pies made with simple, fresh ingredients. Gino Sorbillo's is definitely worth visiting if you're a fan of the wet Neapolitan-style crust. Just be prepared to eat with a fork and knife, because these pies are known to be too thin to handle.
What to order: Keep things simple so you can taste the freshness of the ingredients. We recommend the margherita with buffalo mozzarella. If you like a kick, opt for the 'nduja pie with hot spreadable salami, red onions, pecorino and mozzarella cheeses, fresh tomato sauce, and basil.
Best Destination for a Day Trip
Brother's Pizza and Prince Street Pizza (read on for more on them!) should duke it out for the honor of "best Sicilian slice in NYC," but until then, I'll tell you both spots belong on this list as pizza all-stars. Brother's has been in the pizza business for generations, and it's truly a favorite among Staten Islanders. If you're looking for an excuse to head out to the island, here's your chance! Note: Bring cash, as they don't accept cards!
What to order: Their Sicilian square pizza, hands down!
Best for Sheer Variety
Paulie Gee's is a fixture on the New York pizza scene. Their pies (there are over 24 different options to choose from) include toppings we can bet you've never tried before. The Red Hot Cherry Jones, pictured here, is layered with fresh mozzarella and gorgonzola cheese, prosciutto di parma, dried bing cherries(!), and Brooklyn's Mike's Hot Honey. The owner, Paul Giannone, is quite the character, so don't be surprised if he swings by to chat with you at your table and ask how the pizza tastes. He definitely wins for most personable host. If you have the chance, ask him about the authentic pizza oven he invested in — delivered straight from Naples. The oven cooks pies in temperatures of 1,000 degrees, so even if you have to wait to be seated, you won't need to wait long to be eating one of the delicious pizzas. They cook in two minutes or less!
What to order: Anything off the secret menu so you feel especially cool. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the main menu for the "secret pizza" list. But just keep that between us ... 😏
Best Traditional Margherita
Little Italy has a strong presence in the Bronx, and Zero Otto Nove is evidence of that! Take a walk down Arthur Avenue and enjoy the authentic meat, cheese, and cannoli shops, then end your walk with some traditional Neapolitan pies. This place consistently cranks out delicious thin-crust brick-oven pizza that you'll want to introduce to friends, family, and out-of-towners!
What to order: The margherita with buffalo mozzarella will allow you to taste the simplicity of this authentic Neapolitan pizzeria. Oh, and for dessert? Nutella pizza!
Best Spot for Fast, Casual Pizza
Brand-new to New York City, this chain is taking the U.S. by storm with its fast, fresh pizzas that are made within minutes. It's the Chipotle of pizzerias, if you will, with an assembly line where you can order ingredients a la carte or order off a menu titled "the hits." Once you order, you simply watch as the team layers your toppings and then pops the pizza into the oven and within 90 seconds — WHAM! Your pie is ready to eat!
What to order: Take this opportunity to create your own pizza! You can pick from three dough options, five sauces, three cheeses, nine veggies, and nine proteins, including a vegan beef option. Plus, you can choose from 19 (!) different finishes, including lemon, basil, banana peppers, hot sauce, and more.
Best Fresh Mozzarella Pie
This corner pizza shop doesn't look like much from the outside, but it's worth a stop in to snag a fresh slice if you're in the neighborhood. There are many options, but the Not Ray's fresh mozzarella is a standout among fans. You've also gotta try the Grandma slice, with a bit of a thicker crust, fresh mozza, and a tangy red sauce. Mmm.
What to order: Fresh mozzarella slice and the Grandma slice if you're hungry enough for two!
Best College Hangout
Okay, so you don't need to have attended Fordham to love Pugsley's Pizza, but this spot does happen to be a favorite among Rams. First off, the walls are full of college memorabilia of every kind (it's been described as "so tacky that you have no choice but to love it.").
And if you're lucky, you may even catch the owner, Sal, playing a song on his saxophone to make you feel welcome. He's also even been known to allow patrons to get behind the counter and make a pizza or two, just for kicks! This joint certainly has character, and the pizza alone will not disappoint.
What to order: The penne a la vodka pizza pictured here is a standout, and best enjoyed after a night out at the Fordham bars. You've gotta try an order of their chicken rolls, too!
Best for Garden-Grown Seasonal Toppings
It's hard to pick a favorite pizza off Roberta's menu because #1, they're ALL good. And #2, the menu's constantly evolving based on what's in season. At any given time there about eight pizzas to choose from in addition to meat and cheese plates for starters, market greens and even entree dishes that include veggie-friendly options and more adventurous meat dishes. The pizza is a must-try, though. Order in and sit outdoors on communal picnic tables if the weather permits. We recommend sharing a few pies so you can sample the offerings while enjoying the chill atmosphere and the eclectic Bushwick crowd. It's some of the best people-watching in the city — and some of the best pizza! Just expect a wait.
What to order: The Bee Sting 🐝 with pepperoni, mozzarella, chili flakes, and honey — if they have it on the menu!
Best Rustic Pie
Truffle oil + brussels sprouts + a runny egg yolk combine to create the Van Dammer pie — a beautiful, delicious combo of dreamy ingredients that work perfectly in tandem. MilkFlower is truly a must-visit for those looking for more adventurous, gourmet toppings and a memorable dough. The dough is light, perfectly charred, and chewy thanks to the coal oven. And you can be assured that no two pizzas will come out the same here. Even those little air bubbles add a touch of rustic appeal that we can't help but find endearingly authentic.
What to order: The Van Dammer with brussels sprouts, mozzarella, egg, black pepper, and truffle oil — and a queen pizza with tomato, mozzarella, basil, and parmigiano to balance the flavors.
Best Clam Pie
It doesn't get more picture-perfect than this clam pie from Pasquale Jones. Cream, garlic, and clam sauce combine to create a tantalizing flavor best paired with a refreshing glass of vino. And the margherita pie, drizzled with oil and topped with fresh tomato sauce and buffalo mozzarella, was the perfect complement to the meal. Pizza + More Pizza = 🙏
This establishment from the same restauranteurs as New York's Charlie Bird have coined what they call "neo-N.Y.-style" pizza — a New-Age take on the New York classic.
What to order: Little neck clam pie with parsley, garlic, lemon, and cream.
Best Breakfast 'Za
Bacon, egg, and cheese are three of our favorite things, so when you add that all together AND put it on a pizza ... well, those are pretty much our weekend plans right there. 😍 But the best part is you don't have to wait for Annabel's brunch to order this delicious trifecta of flavor. It's ALWAYS on the menu. Because when is it a bad idea to #putaneggonit ? The answer is NEVER.
What to order: The Breakfast pizza that we can't stop talking about, with applewood bacon, fried egg, gruyere cheese, brussel sprouts, and chili flakes. Do we have you convinced yet?
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