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Daily Slice: Sal's on Mott, New York

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[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

If the slices at Rubirosa are all about thin crust and great sauce, then the slices at Sal's a few blocks away are their complement: they've got some of the cheesiest pies around.

Generally, this is a harbinger of bad things to come: very few great dough-slingers feel the need to hide their crusts under a thick blanket of melted mozzarella. But at Sal's, this is not the case. The crust is classic New York. Thin, but not absurdly so, with a nice crisp, floury char on the bottom and a thin layer of tender, doughiness right underneath the sauce.

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The sauce is balanced and not overly sweet, and the whole thing is well-seasoned. Indeed, if Sal used a lighter hand with the cheese, this may be pretty close to perfect New York slice. As it is, it's a great filler-upper.

I didn't try any of the mini, single-serving pizzas they had ($6 each), but they seemed like a better deal, in terms of pizza-per-dollar, than the rather expensive $3 slices.

Sal's Pizzeria
369 Broome St, New York NY 10013 (map)
212-925-0440; salslittleitaly.com

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