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Posted by Anonymous on 02/10/2006
There is something happening here, I don't know what it is, but it's not good. I have been going to Lombardi's for lunch with a circle of friends about twice a month for the past ten years. In the past few months, things have gone very far south. Most important, the pizza. What used to be a crisp, tasty pie with a chewy, bubly, killer crust has deteriorated into a flat, wafer-like board with sparce toppings. It looks like it was rolled into shape! In fact, the crust was so flat, so uniform, so resembling a frozen, pre-formed, stock-purchased dough, we had to ask the waitress if they are actually stretching the dough. She assured us they did. Next time you go, look at all the photographs of the delicious pies that adorn the room. Then take a look at the pie you receive. It is not a Lombardi's pie. Or, rather, it is not what used to be a Lombardi's pie.
Posted by pizzatester on 01/07/2006
We visited Lombardi's just a few days after having eaten at the #1, Grimaldi's, under the Bridge - for comparison. We were met at the door by a hostess. Then finally we were led to our table, which turned out to be underground, in a little room, grandiosely called "the wine cellar". We declined this table and went upstairs to wait for an above the ground table. After a further 10 minutes, we were led into a side room, full of empty tables, into which then about fifty more customers were allowed ....As for the pizza, it was good, only slightly less good than Grimaldi's, but with a significantly longer wait. Would we go back there? Yes, but only if we were in the area, and there was no long wait, and they didn't try to seat us in the "wine cellar".
Posted by Alex on 12/19/2005
The pizza here is amazing: not too heavy, tangy sauce - you wont be disappointed. it was extremely crowded when i went, and they were having some trouble seating the guests and barely had enough room for the guests to stand who were waiting to be seated. The pizza was extraordinary indeed, as was the appetizer salad. everyone has got to try this place!
Posted by moosekarloff on 08/31/2005
I've eaten at this restaurant 3 or 4 times and I found the pizza to be consistently good, yet no better, or slightly better at best, than what you get at Arturo's. The toppings were fresh and of a good quality and the pies were well assembled, but the crust is usually lacking: too resistant and not chewy enough. Still, much better than the vast majority of similar places. The atmosphere of the restaurant is not particularly comfortable (some of the "dining rooms" are little more than hallways, the lighting is too harsh in the main room, the decorations are a tad garish, and the place always seems to be overrun with loud and boorish tourists), but if you're there solely for the food, what's the difference? I also think it's pretty cheezy that if you order a bottle of wine, they bring you plastic wine glasses to drink it out of. That might not be the case currently, but was the practice the last time I was in there about a year ago. Finally, the prices are a tad high, about the same as Arturo's (but the restaurant doesn't have nearly the same ambience) and higher than John's of Bleecker Street. Still, a very good choice at all if you're in that part of Manhattan: you really can't do all that much better except at two other places in that borough.
Posted by rlw on 08/25/2005
Why do people rave about this place? I went here with friends from out of town on a Sunday night, they had heard it was great and wanted to go. The wait for a table was over 40 minutes. No big deal, since the bar was good---but the food was not good! The crust was so undercooked, that you couldn't hold the slices without all the cheese and cheese toppings falling off. There was barely any cheese anyway, and the toppings were raw and unremarkable.
Posted by khuckster on 08/03/2005
The staff was helpful and courteous. The man behind the bar was terrific. I ended up with a wonderful pizza, some pics from in the kitchen and wonderful memory. My only complaint was that for one person it is pricey to order a whole pizza. I also would have appreciated if they accepted credit cards. All in all it was a clear hit for me and my search for NYC's finest. Job well done, thanks.
Posted by KC on 07/12/2005
I was told the Pizza at Lombardi's was really, really good and IT WAS. The prices were reasonable. The only tiny complaint was that our table was so small. BUT I would not let that stop me from going there again.