I recently moved to the Lower East Side and am surrounded by ample pizza shops serving slices that most would write off as 3 am, post-bar, late night sustenance. In an attempt to find pizza that's a step above the rest, I found the spinach-ricotta slice ($2) at Stanton Pizza's.
Although not the perfect NYC slice—the underbelly of the crust is not nearly crisp enough—it is a solid slice of pizza, and an out-of-the-ordinary one at that. The ricotta is milky and creamy, set against the ample mounds of spinach that get a little bit of char from the oven. The scant amount of sauce hidden beneath the ricotta, mozzarella, and spinach imparts a slight sweetness to the slice.
The plain slice is less impressive. The sauce is overpoweringly sweet without the other ingredients present to strike a flavor balance. But the spinach-ricotta slice is a true winner and evidences the use of quality ingredients, even if they are mostly lost on drunken kids romping around the LES in the wee hours of the morning.
Stanton Pizza127 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002 (map)