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Serving Solid Pizza, Da Mikele Is Remarkably Consistent with Sister Restaurants

[Photographs: Adam Kuban] Luzzo's owner Michele Iuliano seems to be on a tear. Earlier this year he opened Ovest Pizzoteca in Chelsea, and not more than two weeks ago he launched Da Mikele on Church Street in Tribeca. (And that's all in addition to Little Luzzo's on the Upper East Side, which he opened in 2008.) Though it took me a while to come around to the original Iuliano joint, Luzzo's, it serves some very good pizza, and it's beloved by many a New Yorker (especially by expat Italians). Whenever a city favorite produces a spin-off, the question becomes,... More

Daily Slice: Little Luzzo's Campagna Slice, Upper East Side

It comes down to this: This particular Campagna slice is good stuff. I have no idea what they call it, but you can't miss it there. It's got a crisp, not-at-all greasy crust topped with a heavy cream sauce, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and shaved Parmesan cheese. The sauce is none too heavy, the cherry tomatoes add a burst of sweetness, and the shaved Parmesan balances that with its tanginess and little crystals of salt. More

Chelsea: Ovest Pizzoteca (aka Luzzo's West)

Ovest Pizzoteca (aka Luzzo's West) 513 West 27th Street, New York NY 10001 (map); 212-967-4392; ovestnyc.com Getting there: Nearest subway is the C/E at 23rd Street, and even that's a walk Pizza style: Neapolitan Oven type: Wood-fired The skinny: Luzzo's sister restaurant serves up a solid pizza and a great middday special for the lunch-starved folks working way out west in Chelsea. Price: $6 lunch special for Pizza al Portafoglio or Pizza a Cono; Margherita, $9 for 8-inch and $17 for 12-inch Now open: Ovest Pizzoteca (aka Luzzo's West), way the heck out on West 27th Street in Chelsea.... More

NYC: Luzzo's New Quadrata Square Pie (Plus Two New Pizza-Related Menu Items)

"It is ironic that square pies, stromboli, and fried calzones are considered new here, worthy of press releases and reviews, while they have been staples of the city's pizzerias since time immemorial." Luzzo's 211 First Avenue, New York NY 10003 (12th Street; map); 212-473-7447; luzzos.com Pizza Style: Neapolitan Oven Type: Coal- and wood-fired (and in the case of the Quadrata, electric and gas as well) The Skinny: Three "new" forms of pizza and pizza dough–based dishes that will be familiar to most New Yorkers deliver the goods Price: Quadrata 12-inch, $17; 16-inch, $21 When Luzzo's opened five years ago it... More

NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein's Favorite Pizzerias

Photograph from Rubenstein on Flickr New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein is a pizza freak. Who knew? Yesterday, in the New York Post: "Perfect pizza is as good as it gets. [But] it's got to be perfect," said Klein, who said he first developed his pizza passion while studying at Columbia University, when he drove a city cab all over town on weekends. But this is troubling: "If you have a Neapolitan pizza and you pick it up [by the crust] and the tip flops over, that means it's not done right," he said."You should be able to... More

Openings: Luzzo's Location in Westbury, Long Island

I just got a message on Facebook: "Just an FYI, there is another Luzzo's opening in Westbury (Long Island, Nassau County). I saw a sign today, called the original, and they confirmed it." [Thanks for the tip, Dan!] Update: Luzzo's owner Michele Iuliano has sold this location. "It was too far out," he said. "I didn't like driving there every day."... More

Pizza Special at Little Luzzo's

From tipster Mark R.: "Had a slice there yesterday, place seems to be having a special. Slices are $1.50 instead of $2.50, and Sicilian slices are $2 instead of $3. The special will last for a couple of weeks. Regular slice much better than Sicilian. The latter is too bready, while the former has a fine, crisp slightly burned crust, tangy and sweet tomato sauce, and good size blobs of melted mozzarella on them." Little Luzzo's: 119 East 96th Street, New York NY 10029 (b/n Park and Lex; map)... More

Openings: Little Luzzo's

Clicking in to the Slice inbox today, we've got some intel from Scott Wiener of Scott's New York Pizza Tours... Adam, I was helping a friend move this weekend and nearly drove onto the sidewalk when I saw a familiar carved-wood sign on the facade of a 96th Street building on the Upper East Side. Little Luzzo's opened about two weeks ago, serving quality slices, salads, and panini in a small storefront. Unlike Luzzo's in the East Village, which uses an old coal-fired brick oven (211 First Avenue was once the home of the Palermo Bakery, followed by Zito's East),... More

The Pizza Express

After starting a six-pizzeria pizza crawl at Franny's, travelers board the" Pizza Express." This afternoon I had the pleasure of riding aboard what I'll call the Scott Wiener Pizza Express. Scott Wiener is a true pizza lover, one who keeps a pizza journal that's legendary among those who know him, and his love and enthusiasm for the pie is truly infectious. So much so that a little more than 20 people showed up for a tour that would take us from Prospect Heights to deep Brooklyn, up to East Harlem, and back again to Brooklyn (see map, after the... More

New York Big Wigs Name Fave Pies in 'Daily News'

I forgot to blog this earlier today. A bunch of celebs and food world big machers named their favorite New York pizzerias. It's in the Daily News: Martha Stewart: Luzzo's Rocco DiSpirito: "The white pizza in the bar area at The Modern." Mario Cantone: Apizz and Otto Help NYDailyNews.com choose New York's best pizza! [New York Daily News]... More

A Sunday Night Slice Walk, a DJ Bubbles Drive-By

Or, 'A Plain Slice Review of Pizza 33, Mike's Pizza, Andiamo Pizzeria, Pizzanini, Ben's Pizzeria, and DeMarco's' View Larger Map This past Sunday, like so many of mine, was all about the pie. I started with a noon jaunt down to Luzzo's to reconfirm my love for the Naples-born Margherita DOC. However, as I was coming from uptown, I stumbled first upon good ol' Vinny Vincenz, as it's only one block north of Luzzo's on First Avenue. I had to at least stop in and grab one of Vin's excellent Sicilian slices, just to use it as a base case!... More

Coal-Oven Pizzerias in New York City

Adam, Any idea just how many pizza ovens in NYC are heated with coal? Mahalo, E.J.F. Dear E.J.F., I know you've emailed a couple times about this, and my apologies for the delayed response—things have been busy at the Slice–Serious Eats office. Anyway, off the top of my head, here are all the ones I can think of. Readers, if I've forgotten any, do let me know in the comments. Hasta la pizza, Adam... More

Di Fara Pizza Smackdown

"I don't particularly care to walk in to a place and watch a guy past his prime "whip" up pizza and (what seemed like the case the last time I was there) who looks bored and careless as to what he was doing. As I mentioned earlier, consistency is something I look for, and the only thing I find consistent about his pizza is that he doesn't make them all the same. ;) " —Nicky M., on Di Fara How's it going, Slice? I will give you a little history on myself, and offer up my recommendation. My grandfather had two... More

Luzzo's Pizza on Martha

A tipster tipped us to the fact that Lower East Side coal-burner Luzzo's will be featured on Martha this morning. New Yorkers can tune in to the show on WNBC-4 at 11 a.m. Anyone else, check your local listings. LUZZO'S Location: 211-13 First Ave. (b/n 12th and 13th streets) [map] Phone: 212-473-7447 FURTHER READING Martha Visits East Village's Luzzo's [Slice Archives] Jeffrey Steingarten on Coal-Oven Pizza [Slice Archives] Luzzo's: New Coal-Oven Place in the City! [Slice Archives] Luzzo's in the Post [Slice Archives]... More

Martha Visits East Village's Luzzo's

From the New York Post's Page Six "Sightings" item today: "... Martha Stewart drawing applause as she entered Luzzo's on First Avenue for a three-hour feast of pasta and Neapolitan pizza ... " FURTHER READING New Coal-Oven Place in the City! Luzzo's in the New York Post Jeffrey Steingarten on Coal-Oven PIzza... More

Daily News Pizza Roundup

This is another week-old one that we neglected to post about during our renovation. The Daily News did a roundup of New York City's best pizzerias last week. As we told Eater, the new foodblog from the folks who brought you Curbed: A nice roundup, I think. A lot of it is old hat to me, but there were some nice surprises in there, particularly a couple Brooklyn places (Graziella's, Laura's) that have been lurking one or two neighborhoods over from Slice HQ.Irene Sax knows her stuff, and I agree with most of her assessments, although I don't know why... More

Luzzo's in the 'New York Post'

The Post gives props to East Village coal-burner Luzzo's in a story cleverly headlined Old King Coal. (Heh, those merry old souls that are the copy editors there.) What they say: Lombardi's, Patsy's, Grimaldi's, Totonno's, John's. Aside from rabid fans, there's one thing these legendary New York pizzerias have in common: coal-burning ovens. The super-hot kilns, aficionados agree, can elevate a pie to greatness by perfectly charring the crust and imparting a smoky flavor. But there are only a handful of them left, since city codes prohibit new coal ovens from being built. "Nobody can get them. They're like taxi... More

New Coal-Oven Place in the City!

HOLY SMOKE! A new coal-oven place has opened recently. Named Luzzo's. It's at 211-13 First Avenue, between 12th and 13th. Here's what NYMetro has to say about it: Coal-burning ovens are hot commodities for pizza makers. Thanks to city codes, the only way to get one is to inherit it—which is what Charles LoPresto has done at Luzzo's, his new East Village restaurant. At one time, the spare, bare-bones space housed a bakery read more ...LUZZO'S Location: 211-13 First Avenue, New York NY 10003 Phone: 212-473-7447 Payment accepted: Cash only Slice on coal ovens. [Thanks to Alaina for spotting... More

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