Lombardi's Coal Oven Pizza

Lombardi's Coal Oven Pizza

Pizza Place$$$$
NoLita, New York
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  • pizza
  • first pizzeria
  • lively
  • authentic
  • family-friendly
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  • Che F.
    Yes I fell in love with the official first US Pizzeria. The Margherita was just right, thin, not too saggy cheese and fills my tummy to th brim with only 1 slice! Will surely come back for more!
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkJanuary 22, 2015
    New York's the first pizza place is what they say. Its worth to come, at least once, for tourists. If you d like to try this and that but you are not a big eater, order half and half. Cash only.
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LundJanuary 10
    Lombardi’s claims to have invented the NYC pizza style, and they certainly do have the feel of a long lived New York institution. The restaurant is traditional pizza joint through and through
  • Divya M.
    Divya MulanjurNovember 29, 2014
    The first pizzeria in America also serves amazing pizza. Whether the original margherita or the white sauce - both are brilliant. 3 small pizzas were still too much for 4 of us!
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkDecember 5, 2013
    For a non-New York resident this pizza joint lives up to its status. Known to be one of the best NY pizza places, the lines out the door and constant crowds give you the hint. Any pizza order will do.
  • Paddy
    PaddyAugust 10, 2015
    The "first pizza of New York" we had a large margarita pie w meatballs and it was great. The marinara sauce was delicious, as was the mozzarella and meatballs were awesome. Much better than Grimaldis.
  • Heisenberg
    HeisenbergNovember 5, 2015
    The first pizza place on NY? History says so. Enjoy the pizza but avoid the extra ingredients, who are kinda of expensive. Pizza is good, very good, but is not the best of NYC
  • Patricia C.
    Patricia CloughJanuary 1, 2012
    Worth the 30 minute wait if you're with out of town guests. The bruschetta was heaped w chopped, garlicky tomatoes. Get a large pie, and consider 1/2 pepperoni & sausage, 1/2 fresh ricotta. Super yum!
  • Eugene B.
    For the ultimate date night, ask to be seated downstairs. The tables are practically inside the restrooms; the sound of the hand dryer and the soft bleach smell goes wonderfully with the famous pizza.
  • Josh J.
    Josh JJune 13, 2013
    It's a Wednesday and we came here around 7:45 pm. Waited in line for 0 minutes. I obviously don't know whether this is the best pizza on the planet but this is certainly the best pizza I've ever had.
  • PureWow
    PureWowDecember 18, 2015
    This is where New York pizza was born. The pizzaiolos of olde New York learned their craft from Mr. Lombardi and his coal oven before they opened their own spots. Read more
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128February 29, 2012
    Established 1905 and operated until 1984. In 1994, a friend of the family reopened a block away. The original sold tomato pies wrapped in paper, tied with a string and claims to have invented NY style
  • Krisanta F.
    Krisanta FiloteoOctober 4, 2013
    Great pizza. The small comes with about six slices but the sizes are pretty big. Cash only! They do have an atm machine though & all parties must be present to be seated. Not a "meet up" spot.
  • Riding B.
    Expensive, worth the price if the service stepped it up. They tag team service but one of my servers couldn't get me a refill without the main server. Pizza is outstanding though.
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJuly 11, 2013
    Combining 2 of the most classic Italian foods into one is genius. A slice of their decadent meatball pizza is a must-have; we love that it's balanced with thin, crunchy crust instead of a doughy base.
  • Kevin
    KevinJuly 18, 2010
    As always, the pizza was delicious. My gf and I didn't have to wait too long, so that made the experience that much better. You MUST, I repeat MUST, add the homemade meatballs toppings to your meal. P
  • Karen P.
    Karen PakMarch 14, 2013
    Artichoke is still the shit. 'Nuff said. BUT workers saw us eyeing the shit out of someone's cream soda drink, so my friends & I got one on the house! Nice staff, good food- it's just love y'all!
  • 💎T
    💎TFebruary 23, 2015
    It might've been the best pizza in NY at one time, but it definitely isn't now. You're not getting what you paid for at this place. The pizza wilts when you hold it and the bottom is wet !
  • karla
    karlaJanuary 15, 2015
    Best pizza in town!!! Did you know this was the first pizzería in america an it's the only one with license for coal oven? The actual owner used to work for Lombardi they opened ob 1905
  • isawgirl
    isawgirlOctober 9, 2014
    Their pizza options are great! Make sure you're not so hungry yet when you get to Lombardi's coz you might have to wait for seats. The place is always full.
  • Astoriawinediva
    AstoriawinedivaMarch 3, 2012
    They say oldest pizza spot in NYC. Their famous for Margherita Pizza, was good but not exceptional and rather pricey when NY is crawling w other fab pizza joints. A site for tourists in Nolita cin cin
  • Jess N.
    Jess NaldoJune 14, 2015
    There is so much better pizza elsewhere! Classic, yes, but just head over to Prince St. and grab a fresher, more quality slice with even better cheese. Plastic cups? Come on. Is this Chuck E. Cheese?
  • Crystal F.
    A pepperoni pizza! Simple but delicious! the thin crust is authentic to the ny slice. And the cheese was high quality! And it all smelled amazing
  • s v.
    s vSeptember 16, 2014
    CASH ONLY. Forget the tourist wait & call in. Pick up in 15-20 min (go to the back to the kitchen) and go eat in comfort of your home/park next door/Eliz st garden block away...
  • Dave S.
    Dave SawyerJune 24, 2015
    It's as delicious as billed, and equally historic. But, their policies are as well... come flush with cash, 'cause that's the only form of payment they accept! And, the pies run +$20 ea.
  • Kevin O.
    Kevin O'NeillSeptember 1, 2014
    Classic pizza pies. Don't mess up the base with too many toppings. You just need a few to perfect it. Try the mushrooms and pancetta combo
  • Yamila K.
    Yamila KJanuary 17, 2015
    I don't think the quality of the pizza is worth the wait. It was really good and tasty but I feel like there might be other gourmet pizzerias that do not have long queues
  • Erin M.
    Erin MurphyOctober 13, 2014
    It's good pizza, but the wait is ridiculous. The tables are on top of each other too (I mean it's Manhattan so that's kinda normal but still). You have to go there at least once though.
  • Peter
    PeterApril 12, 2013
    we walked and walked and when we got here, it actually lived up to the hype. Great pizza. only complaint was the water they served. Tepid and had a funny taste. Get wine instead
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KAugust 25, 2014
    One of the oldest pizzerias in NYC. Uses a brick oven which is constantly on (off only for brick repairs). Part of Scott's Pizza Tour.
  • Robert A.
    Robert AccetturaApril 4, 2015
    One of my favorite pizza places. Don't forget if you order multiple pies to ask them to stager them. That way you can try each one fresh out of the oven. Cash only.
  • Joshua M.
    Joshua MintzJune 27, 2010
    Would never had tasted this without a random dinner guest's ordering decision, but the calzone - filled with a healthy mix of both mozzarella and ricotta cheese - was the best I've had.
  • Lori M.
    Lori MichelleJanuary 26, 2014
    not just a spot for tourists but for real Italian food fans and Italians alike, well worth the wait every time for the first pizzeria in NYC and also the best!
  • Egle D.
    Egle DumadagMarch 27, 2011
    The pizza really is good here but also loved the house salad and organic greens a big plus! Also it was nice that they brought the food quick as we were really hungry. :e)
  • Brian T.
    Brian TothFebruary 21, 2015
    Pizza, pizza,pizza... Best in #NYC. There's always a wait- get a pitcher of sangria at the bar in the meantime. Antipasta app is great.
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoApril 5, 2011
    The first pizza place in America: it was opened in 1907. Therefore, they know what they do. It is usually noisy and crowded but both food and "Godfather" ambiance are worthy. Read more
  • ドーラ
    ドーラMarch 7, 2011
    Lombardi's got just the right amount of fresh mozzarella and a tangy sauce redolent of basil. All of the toppings are of high quality, especially the *sliced homemade meatballs*.
  • Ken G.
    Ken GriggsOctober 31, 2011
    Pizza was one of the best I ever had... Margherita with spinach. Well worth the wait. I will come here again from over an hour drive just to have dinner! Top notch.
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle ButlerApril 15, 2013
    They accept reservations Mon-Thurs. Pizza was yummy! Exactly how it should be. Cash only, but they do have ATMs inside. We ordered a Large (18") Margherita to share, $24.
  • Doug S.
    Doug SellersJuly 12, 2013
    We had a large (8 slices) with half wild mushrooms and sweet red Peppers, and the other half with garlic spinach and homemade meatballs. It was DELICIOUS!!!!!!
  • Kesser O.
    Kesser OsmanMay 6, 2012
    Haven't tried others places yet to compare, but the food and service here was so great, i'll probably never eat pizza anywhere else again. Very true to my memories of Italy!
  • James S.
    James SchaefferAugust 20, 2011
    Billed as the "best on the planet " but doesn't live up to it. Had a long wait and can't say it was worth it. It was wierd seeing a picture of the owner everywhere you looked.
  • ThePurplePassport.com
    ThePurplePassport.comJanuary 22, 2012
    It’s a New York institution−what’s not to love? The pies are out of this world, even when delivered (opting for delivery is one of the best ways to avoid the lines). Read more
  • Melissa K.
    Melissa KnificMay 23, 2010
    Always a good pie. Plus, how can you not stop by America's first pizzeria? If you haven't tried it, the original (mozzarella, tomato and basil) is the way to go.
  • Nikki H.
    Nikki HodgdonApril 9, 2010
    Pizza is okay. Is a tourist fest. Grimaldis is much much better. If the line is too long go around the corner to the pizza place on Mott and kenmare "Yo lasso". Just as good.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 26, 2013
    A huge tourist spot, to be sure, but the pizza here is good. Cash only. Whole pies only. Stay away from the clam pie, even though it may be recommended elsewhere.
  • Danielle N.
    Danielle NeufeldMay 6, 2011
    So good.. but come on a random week night for less wait time. No reservations but if you can grab a seat on the bench the heat lamp will keep you warm!
  • Jamie B.
    Jamie BachmanOctober 27, 2012
    First pizza joint in the U.S., excellent Original Margherita pizza! Definitely competes with the best CT pizza joints, Colony, Pepe's, Rosalind and Modern.
  • Colleen N.
    P.S. If you have any room left after pizza, top it off with dessert at Rice to Riches across the street. It's like an ice cream parlor but with rice pudding. Really.
  • Jesse A.
    Jesse AngelinoJanuary 15, 2015
    The only thing better than a NY style pizza,is an original Italian pie😍 Only place you'll find one,(and they are huge)is Lombardis downtown.👍👍👍👍👍
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