Slideshow SLIDESHOW: New York Quintessentials: 12 Classic Pizza Joints You Should Know

New York has long been regarded as a, if not the, pizza Mecca. But these days, many of our city's most highly publicized pizzerias share increasingly less with the slice joints and classic pie shops that engendered that reputation in the first place.

A quick look at Adam's breakdown of NYC pizza cultural literacy underscores the astonishing diversity of the city's pizza scene. Of course, there's nothing wrong with spreading the love—and we love newer additions like Paulie Gee's, Motorino, and Best Pizza (to name but a few). But as dollar slices proliferate and Neapolitan, wood-fired pies seem to crop up on every corner, it seems high time to pause and showcase some of the old-school pizzerias—those that still exist, that is—that made New York the destination for pizza fanatics worldwide.

Here are 12 classic pizza joints you should know.

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About the author: Niki Achitoff-Gray is the editor of Slice and a part-time student at the Institute of Culinary Education. She's pretty big into pizza.


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