are the Best Coal-Fired Pizzas in NYC
fired ovens (left) can only to had by inheriting in NYC
restaurants. They produce a thinner crispier pizza than
when cooked in a wood oven.
oven and pizza from Luzzo's on 1st Avenue.
a Coal Fired Oven -- .Coal-burning ovens are hot commodities
for pizza makers since the only way to get one in New York City
is to inherit it. Coal fired ovens have a long history to pizza
making in the US. New York City was the birth place of New York
style pizza. Lombardi's
which opened in 1905 was the first pizzeria in the United States,
and it happened to use a coal-fired oven.
of the main differences between coal and wood comes not from the
coal smoke but by the intense heat a coal fire generates. Coal
provides about 13,000 BTUs of heat per pound, while wood provides
about 6,500 BTUs per pound. Oven temperatures in a coal fired
oven exceed 900 degrees imparting a characteristic char to the
crust. In addition the higher heat lets the crust get crispier.
Pizzeria Napolitano -- 1524 Neptune Ave (between 15th St &
16th St) Brooklyn, NY 11224 --(718) 372-8606
For 2012 Totonno's was rated the best pizza in New York City by
Zagat's receiving a rating of 26. Located in Coney Island, Brooklyn
since around 1926. Zagat Rating 26 -- See
Zagat Reviews -- "...Every self-respecting pizza-loving
New Yorker should visit the Coney Island original at least once
in his lifetime..." read more from
New York Magazine.
-- 211 1st Ave (between 12th St & 13th St) New York, NY 10003
-- (212) 473-7447
Luzzo’s Bufala Quadratti is a paper thin 1/16? flat pizza that
takes you straight back to Italy circa 1898. Fitting for a pizza
cooked in a 120 year old oven.....Michele Luliano has long had
a name for himself on the New York City restaurant scene. As the
owner of Luzzo’s, he developed a cult following for the traditional
pizzas he serves at the East Village mainstay. In 2010, he opened
Ovest, a sister restaurant to Luzzo’s in Chelsea.
and menu -- yelp reviews (4 stars) -Zagat 25-- - See-- Zagat
--1 Front St (between Dock St & York St) Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718)
Grimaldi’s offers over 100 years of pizza-making traditions.."Weighing
in at 25 tons and heated by 100 pounds of coal per day (cleanest
burning fuel available and environmentally tested), the oven heats
up to 1200 degrees. We also purchase special coal from Pennsylvania
called anthracite. It actually burns cleaner and more Eco-friendly
than gas or wood-fired methods..." Grimaldi's
website -- Zagat 24--- see Zagat
Reviews --Gayot's top 10 Pizza's in New York
Pizzeria -- 278 Bleecker St (between Jones St & Morton St)
New York, NY 10014 --(212) 243-1680
John's of Bleecker Street was founded in 1929 by John Sasso, and
the restaurant is still in its original location. John's Pizzeria
serve coal-fired, brick oven pizza, cooked in 850-degree ovens.
John Sasso was one of the original bakers at Lombardi's. The walls
are all carved out, and while the pizza is Ok, the place seems
more about who you are with than about the pizza.
John's website and
menu -- Zagat 23 --see Zagat
1st Ave (between 117th St & 118th St) New York, NY 10035
---(212) 534-9783 -- Numerous locations around NYC (Yelp
thin crust pizza at numerous locations. Latest location
is at 69th and First Avenue.
-- Zagat's 20
-- 32 Spring St (between Mott St & Mulberry St) New York,
NY 10012 -- (212) 941-7994
Lombardi's which opened in 1905 was the first pizzeria in the
United States. Expect long lines and lots of tourists.
Lombardi's home page and
menu, Zagat 25-- Yelp 4 stars.
--106 W. Houston St., New York, NY10012 at Thompson St. --212-677-3820
This is more of a neighborhood place with few tourists. Among
toppings are sausage, pepperoni, calamari, lobster, spinach, and
fresh basil. A large pie will feed two people, or as many as four
Read review in Slice
Coal Oven Pizza -- 254 Irving Ave (between Greene Ave & Menahan
St) Brooklyn, NY 11237 -- (718) 381-8800.
Charlie Verde born in Sambuca, Sicily, took possession of the
104 year coal oven and turned it into a pizzeria in 2011.
Verde Coal Oven Pizza
Website and Menu -- Yelp 4 stars --