When we think of New York pizza, we often envision a pointy-tipped classic slice. Or when we think about the city's newer pizzerias, increasingly, we're dealing with a Neapolitan or neo-Neapolitan pie. But there's no end of great square slices in the city—from puffy Sicilian to thinner, garlicky grandma slices to newer innovations like pickled vegetable pizza. Here are 16 of our favorite square slices in the city. What's your favorite?
'Grandma slices' on Serious Eats
Adam clued us into the stuffed artichoke slice from Nonna's LES back in January, but the regular triangular and grandma slices merited a return visit to see how they stacked up.
Bella Napoli is a spacious pizzeria located minutes from the Empire State Building. After a quick reheat in the gas powered deck oven, the Grandma slice with a tantalizing dollop of cooked red sauce arrived.
Daily Slice gives a quick snapshot each weekday of a different slice or pie that the folks at the Serious Eats empire have enjoyed lately. [Photographs: Kelly Bone] Tucked away in a quiet corner of Los Angeles' Sliver Lake area, Tomato Pie Pizza Joint slings New York–style pizzas, including the neighborhood favorite they call The Grandma. It's not quite what they call a grandma slice in New York, but it's wonderful. The round pie is primed with olive oil, fresh garlic and oregano, dappled with crushed tomatoes and mozzarella, and finished with a ticker tape parade of basil. There's no...
Jiannetto's Pizza Truck was parked outside P.S. 29 on Henry Street in Brooklyn over the weekend, and its grandma slice called my name. It's a thinnish crust, topped with a dollop of plum tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella, and fresh basil.
Maffei Pizza's grandma slice has long been celebrated as one of the best of its form in Manhattan. I had one recently, and I have to say, I wasn't feelin' it. It's always easy to say, "Maybe they were off that day," but Maffei cranks through these slices day in, day out—it was flying out of the pan when I visited just before 1 p.m. Which is to say that they should have things down there. I would not revisit nor could I recommend.