If you were to believe their own hype, you'd think that Goodfellas, a mini-chain started over on Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island back in 1992 was the "WORLD'S BEST PIZZA." Don't believe them? What if they were to tell you that they were voted World's Best Pizza? Yeah, I'm a little skeptical too. I haven't been to the Staten Island locations (there are two now), but I've walked past the Lower East Side storefront on my way up to the pizza haven of the East Village many times. It looks like a generic, cookie-cutter, corporate pizza restaurant—like a Sbarro's with more brick and less brass. But I'm not the kind of guy who judges a pizza before it passes my lips, and I was willing to give the pies a fair shake.
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The mammoth Eggplant Parm at Goodfella's isn't destination-worthy from across the city, but a surprisingly good fry job, sweet sauce, and well-melted mozz make it a worthy sandwich on the Lower East Side, especially since it's really two meals in one.
If you're on the way home from the airport and your curiosity gets the best of you, I wouldn't blame you for stopping to see a minor location in a great Scorsese film. Or to even take some photos — it's crazy photogenic in the hands of a better photographer than I. But don't bother with the burger. Bigger is not better here.