June 18, 2005

The Bastardization of Lombardi's Pizza

POST #    1764

I've never liked Lombardi's Pizza. Sure it's historic, but I don't think that a pizza crust should be so bread-like and I feel like that's what you get with Lombardi's. As much as I don't like their pizza, I'll gladly eat it (especially late at night when hungry), but was it really necessary to expand like they did?

I had no idea until last night that Lombardi's expanded. Not only did it expand, but it did so in such a tacky tourist trap manner that can't be good for the pizza - there's a jukebox for crying out loud. There will be butts in the seats because of the 100 year history that the establishment has, but I'm sure the "quality" of pizza can't keep up. Not quite 100 years down the drain or Gennaro Lombardi rolling in grave changes, but it's just too different. It's lost that feeling.

I remember John's tried a similar thing thing at some point in the 90's, and more than doubled its size. They even added ovens, but the quality of the pizza and the general feel of the whole place changed. They since went back to a smaller size, but I don't think the quality has ever returned.

Oh, and if you didn't know, for all things pizza, you should turn to Slice.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink at 12:25 PM



tm -- you have to try a little known spot in cobble hill, leonardo's brick oven at second place and court street. very thin crust, terrific sauce. I've been going there regularly for 15 years or so and it remains my favorite in nyc... just call ahead because they're closed some weekdays. 718 624-9620

Posted by: Joseph Holmes at October 20, 2005 9:37 PM

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