Lombardi's Coal Oven Pizza

Lombardi's Coal Oven Pizza

Pizza Place · NoLita
32 Spring St (at Mott St), New York, NY 10012, United States
Open until Midnight (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:30 AM–Midnight
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Wine, Cocktails
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Outdoor Seating:

Lombardi's was founded in 1905, making it the first pizzeria in the United States.


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    "Try the Margherita Pizza - Eating at the nation's first pizzeria!"(16 Tips)
    Pelin G.
    "Classic NY style pizza, really good!"(5 Tips)
    Jamie B.
    "First pizza joint in the U.S., excellent Original Margherita pizza!"(33 Tips)
    Renee D.
    "The white pizza is the best, followed by pepperoni or clam."(8 Tips)
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  • pizza
  • first pizzeria
  • authentic
  • lively
  • family-friendly
  • good for groups
  • casual
  • good for dates
  • tours
  • sangria
  • cozy
  • calzones
  • bruschetta
  • spinach
  • delivery
  • white pies
  • good for a late night
  • beer
  • great value
  • sausage
  • 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!

    Che Francisco · March 1
  • dawn.in.newyork

    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.

    dawn.in.newyork · January 22, 2015
  • Tyler L.

    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

    Tyler Lund · January 10
  • Divya M.

    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!

    Divya Mulanjur · November 29, 2014
  • Social News Network

    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.

    Social News Network · December 5, 2013
  • Heisenberg

    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

    Heisenberg · November 5, 2015
  • Paddy

    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.

    Paddy · August 10, 2015
  • Josh J.

    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.

    Josh J · June 13, 2013
  • PureWow

    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

    PureWow · December 18, 2015
  • Patricia C.

    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!

    Patricia Clough · January 1, 2012
  • Jason 6.

    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

    Jason 64128 · February 29, 2012
  • Krisanta F.

    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.

    Krisanta Filoteo · October 4, 2013
  • Halstead Property

    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.

    Halstead Property · July 11, 2013
  • Kevin

    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

    Kevin · July 18, 2010
  • Karen P.

    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!

    Karen Pak · March 14, 2013
  • 💎T

    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 !

    💎T · February 23, 2015
  • karla

    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

    karla · January 15, 2015
  • isawgirl

    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.

    isawgirl · October 9, 2014
  • Astoriawinediva

    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

    Astoriawinediva · March 3, 2012
  • Jess N.

    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?

    Jess Naldo · June 14, 2015
  • s v.

    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...

    s v · September 16, 2014
  • Dave S.

    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.

    Dave Sawyer · June 24, 2015
  • Kevin O.

    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

    Kevin O'Neill · September 1, 2014
  • Yamila K.

    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

    Yamila K · January 17, 2015
  • Erin M.

    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.

    Erin Murphy · October 13, 2014
  • Rachel K.

    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.

    Rachel K · August 25, 2014
  • Peter

    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

    Peter · April 12, 2013
  • Robert A.

    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.

    Robert Accettura · April 4, 2015
  • Joshua M.

    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.

    Joshua Mintz · June 27, 2010
  • Lori M.

    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!

    Lori Michelle · January 26, 2014
  • Egle D.

    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)

    Egle Dumadag · March 27, 2011
  • Michelle B.

    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.

    Michelle Butler · April 15, 2013
  • Diego R.

    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

    Diego Rufo · April 5, 2011
  • ドーラ

    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*.

    ドーラ · March 7, 2011
  • Ken G.

    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.

    Ken Griggs · October 31, 2011
  • Doug S.

    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!!!!!!

    Doug Sellers · July 12, 2013
  • Kesser O.

    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!

    Kesser Osman · May 6, 2012
  • James S.

    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.

    James Schaeffer · August 20, 2011
  • ThePurplePassport.com

    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

    ThePurplePassport.com · January 22, 2012
  • Melissa K.

    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.

    Melissa Knific · May 23, 2010
  • Nikki H.

    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.

    Nikki Hodgdon · April 9, 2010
  • Danielle N.

    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!

    Danielle Neufeld · May 6, 2011
  • Serious Eats

    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.

    Serious Eats · February 26, 2013
  • Jamie B.

    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.

    Jamie Bachman · October 27, 2012
  • Jacob A.

    Amazing amazing food! Get it loaded! Here is a list of other local spots in NYC worth checking out, including some free entertainment: http://theblogappleguide.blogspot.com/

    Jacob Astor · October 8, 2012
  • 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.

    Colleen Newvine Tebeau · May 29, 2010
  • Jesse A.

    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.👍👍👍👍👍

    Jesse Angelino · January 15, 2015
  • Gary M.

    If you want a soggy base and rubber like mozzarella then this is the place.Worst pizza I have had in NYC .Really disappointed .The real original Rays pizza is the real deal,this is a tourist trap 

    Gary M. · April 25, 2011
  • Mimi W.

    Felt great to be in the first pizzeria in the US. Ricotta is a must have topping. I got the margarita pizza with ricotta and meatballs-- amazing!!

    Mimi W · October 10, 2013
  • Colleen N.

    My favorite vegetarian pie: kalamata olives, sauteed spinach, fresh garlic. Extra sauce, cooked well done. My husband loves pepperoni but likes this pizza better.

    Colleen Newvine Tebeau · May 29, 2010

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