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New York Quintessentials: 12 Classic Pizza Joints You Should Know

New York has long been regarded as a, if not the, pizza Mecca. But these days, many of our city's most highly publicized pizzerias share increasingly less with the slice joints and classic pie shops that engendered that reputation in the first place. Whether you're a native New Yorker or a first-time visitor, here are 12 old-school pizzerias you should definitely know. More

NYC Pizza Cultural Literacy

Here's the tweet that inspired this post:

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Yes, @alexandrak, such a post does exist, and if your boyfriend finds what I'm about to write all TL;DR, he can check it out: The 10 Best Pizzas in NYC » That's a solid list, no doubt. And if his NYC pizza research stops there, I'm sure he'd be happy. But I think simply dropping a best-of list on a New York newbie does him a bit of a disservice. After all, he's moving to a pizza mecca. I think a little context is in order.

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Just to Confirm, Sal & Carmine's Is Back

Reaching in to the Slice mailbag, we got this email from Simon yesterday ... Hey, Adam, Don't know if you've covered this already, but Sal & Carmine's is open again. Haven't been in yet, though, so haven't asked about his side of the DOH shuttering story. Will go have a slice tomorrow and find out, at the very least for my own curiosity.—Simon... More

Still No Word on Sal & Carmine's DOH-Mandated Closing

From Slice'r/SE'r Simon [thanks, Simon!], who sends us this photo from the Sal & Carmine's DOHing: So I finally made it down this morning. The sticker (posted to the Slice Facebook fan page) has no specifics on it other than the protestations of some disapproving patrons ["John does not like this!" "Brody, too!" "Caitlin, too!" "Noooooooo!"].Carmine and the youngsters were inside, in their civvies. Couldn't tell what they were up to. I knocked on the door, and Carmine nodded at me but made no move to come open the door, so I nodded and waved, and walked on. I'll try... More

UWS: Sal & Carmine's Shut Down by Dept. of Health

We just got word via Slice'r Anthony W. that Sal & Carmine's on the Upper West Side has been shuttered by the Department of Health. And photo confirmation comes from Dave Cook of Eating in Translation via his Flickr stream (right). This is sad news indeed, as Sal & Carmine's has long been one of our favorite slice joints in the city. We've been trying to reach the pizzeria for comment on when it'll be back in commission. No word yet, but we'll keep you posted when we find out. Sal & Carmine's 2671 Broadway, New York NY 10025 (101/102;... More

If I Could Only Eat at One NYC Pizzeria (Other Than Di Fara), What Would It Be?

Hi, Adam,I will finally get to come to NYC in the week just prior to Thanksgiving this year. Really looking forward to it, as it may be the only time I ever get to visit your city.That said, I have earmarked Di Fara for a visit, and I am hoping to visit one other pizzeria during my stay.There are so many good ones.So ... can I get a single recommendation plus one backup recommendation from you?One stop (with Di Fara already out of the running) for pizza anywhere in NYC.Bonus if it is a coal-fired oven--not available in my area... More

Sal and Carmine's: A Post-Sal Pilgrimage

"His slices were so good that they didn't have to deliver." The other night I started thinking about Sal and Carmine's. Adam reported on Sal's untimely death, but somehow I feel the only true way to pay one's respects to a pieman (and Sal was one of the all-time great piemen) is to have one of his pies. So last Friday I left the Slice–Serious Eats office around 7 p.m. and took the 2 Train to 96th Street and Broadway. I know I could have taken the local one more stop and ended up a couple of blocks closer, but... More

Obituary: Sal, of Upper West Side Favorite Sal and Carmine's, Dies

bronxbanterblog.com Sad news. Sal of the Upper West Side's Sal and Carmine's has died. We received a report over the weekend from Josh G. that the neighborhood favorite was shuttered due to "an emergency." And now today comes word from Alex Belth of Bronx Banter as to the state of that emergency: Sal died late last week. I’ve been eating their pizza since I was a kid. Sal and Carmine. Two short, taciturn men in their seventies, though they look older. I never knew who was Sal and who was Carmine, just that one was slightly less cranky than... More

Sal and Carmine's: Worth the Hertz Surcharge

On many hot summer weekends in New York City, we end up renting a car and high-tailing it out of the city to beat the heat and smell some grass and flowers. And though I hate paying Hertz for an extra hour (they charge a fortune), I have incurred that charge at least once because I just had to stop at Sal & Carmine's to pick up a pizza. Frankly, it's worth it, because the pizza there is that good.... More

Upper West Side: Sal & Carmine's

Photograph from blueneurosis on Flickr I've begged and I've begged, but to no avail. I told Sal and Carmine my wife had a broken leg. They wouldn't budge. They wouldn't deliver. I've had the following imaginary conversation with Sal and Carmine many times. "But Sal," I plead, "you make one of the best slices in Manhattan. I mean, it's not even close. I love your charred crust, your sauce, your full-cream mozzarella. Do you know how many of your slices I've eaten in the past 24 years!" I do a quick calculation. "Fifteen hundred. I've eaten fifteen hundred of... More

My Top Ten NYC Slices

By popular demand, here's a list of my top ten pizza slices in NYC: 1) DiFara (you all know where it is) 2) Adrienne's (Old Stone St., Wall Street) 3) Patsy's (117th and First Avenue) 4) Joe and Pat's (Staten... More

Voice Choices

SAY NUMBER 13: Dom DeMarco, Slice's "Italian hero," makes the cover of this week's Village Voice. The alt-weekly's Robert Sietsema tallies his top 100 Italian restaurants, DeMarco of Di Fara fame clocking in at lucky thirteen. Robert Sietsema of the Village Voice runs down his top 100 Italian restaurants. Seeing as how pizza is Italian or Italian American (depending on style), there are more than a few pizzerias in the mix. The usual suspects appear throughout as well as a few surprises and what might be hidden gems. Following, we've digested the list, ignoring any nonpizza establishments. For the full... More

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