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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Pizza at historic NY’s Lombardi’s

For the last two years I’ve been eating a hell of a lot of pizza. So far this year alone, I’ve sampled some of the best pizzas available from Providence, Rochester NY, Boston and Philadelphia.  This is in addition to my weekly jaunts back home to the Midwest where my frequent visits to Milwaukee, Kenosha, Racine & Chicago keep me sane, happy and fatter than I should be according to my doctor.

Be that as it may, if you’re a follower of this blog then you know much of this pizza eating is part of a series of posts that I call “Chasing Richman”.  Not that Lombardi's made Richman’s his list, but that fact is that I’m also trying not to only visit the places Richman listed pizza’s on his journey, but I’m also trying to be a “versatile critic” and hit all the best places in any given city. In this case, Lombardi's certainly fits that bill, and without a doubt, I’m reasonably positive that Mr. Richman made a trip here as well.

A visit to Lombardi’s is sort of like what making a visit to the “World Pizza Hall of Fame” would be like, if such a place existed.

The fact is, that this place, Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven, CT and The Original Pizzeria Uno are possibly the most historic pizza places in the US, where I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a greater sense of US pizza history anywhere else. Lombardi’s really conveys that feeling in the whole vibe of the place, it’s that thing that says; “we’ve been drawing ridicules crowds here for decades”, it’s just the way we do business every day.

How was it? The Margarita was probably one of the finest examples of NY style pizza that I've experienced but nobody at my table liked the white pizza, honestly it’s your typical east coast pie; Tough chewy dough, inedible crust, simple tomato sauce, light cheese, lousy sausage and good peperoni.

Taste: 7
Experience: 8
Value: 6
Score: 7


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