Wouldn't You Like a Slice of Plain Old NYC Pizza?

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When was the last time you had a classic New York slice?


Nowadays, it's getting harder to find the city's iconic slice. Neighborhood pizza parlors have been driven out of business by dollar slice places on one hand, and by effete, pinkie-in-the-air pie parlors on the other, where a pizza scarcely larger than two slices is pushing $20, pricewise. And remember, you don't pay tax and tip in one of the city's old-fashioned pizzerias, either.


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How long can neighborhood pizza parlors persist?


Do you recall what the retro-NYC slice tasted like? The sauce was a little on the sweet side, the cheese a little on the sour side - possibly because it was mob cheese made to inferior specifications. No matter, the two came together on an oft-perfect crust, or at least one you were accustomed to and had come to crave.

Well, I think I found the perfect antique slice, way down near land's end in Bay Ridge in the shadow of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. In Saturday Night Fever country.

A place called Espresso Pizza (even though they sell no espresso) offers the most perfect slice for $2.25. You can buy it at a front window or step inside to munch. A couple of old codgers are sitting around inside kibitzing, and the pizzaiolo looks like he's been woikin' there a good long time. Yay, Bay Ridge!

The slice is perfect unto itself, and a friend and I shared one on the way to pick mulberries. It took us back quite a few years.


Espresso Pizza
9403 Fifth Avenue
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
718-833-8750


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9403 5th Ave., New York, NY

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12 comments
Tangobsas2000
Tangobsas2000

Obviously you got a problem with the best things come in little packages

Johnny Deep
Johnny Deep

Joe's off Bleeker is the best by far. Then Artichoke is pretty decent too -- the margarite pie, the artichoke one is kinda nuts on a normal day. Dollar pie has def destroyed everything in it's path. Shame. Joe's is awesome though. I'd say Joe's is the best in town.

Dancarterusm
Dancarterusm

I was just saying the same damn thing! Last weekend I came into Penn and had to walk to Port Authority. I'll just grab a quick slice I thought, I'll surely pass one if not many pizza places. Guess how many? 0000, only $1 slices, I want to pay more for my slice I thought, midtown Manhattan, are you for reLL????????

Tangobsas2000
Tangobsas2000

Thank you T is nervous about his new found fame this is so sweet that he finally catch a break.

Tangobsas2000
Tangobsas2000

Straight off the boat from Italy.  This guy is a neat freak and his pizza has to be just so.

Tangobsas2000
Tangobsas2000

Well my muchacho went and got himself in the Village Voice.  Now his pizzaria is on it's way to becoming famous.

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

Believe it or not, the conventional slice shown above has better quality cheese than the usual dollar slice. and the crust is generally more "artisanal"

Hipster
Hipster

what's the difference between $1 pizza and one on the photo?

Jethro
Jethro

Not Ray's in Fort Greene.

SJS
SJS

mariella pizza. either location (8th ave at 58, 3rd ave at 16). excellent slices.

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