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Posted by FoodFan on 10/23/2008
Intrigued by their claim that they were the first pizzeria in America, along with the fact that this was one of the few coal-oven pizzerias in the city, and, I had to try this place out. We odered a large pie for the 3 of us, which was just enough, half plain and half with garlic spinach. I preferred the spinach slice, although I couldn't quite taste the garlic. Overall, the pizza was good, but I think I like Grimaldi's better. The bruschetta looked very good also, I will try that and a calzone the next time.
Posted by Ron on 09/20/2008
The pizza and the calzone's are fantastic... I recommend the ceasar salad... Dont order the breadsticks there weak.. besides that its the BEST
Posted by Kentucky Critic on 06/20/2008
Recent trip to NYC we got down into Little Italy. If you are from out of town, you have to do this. Great neighborhood, felt completely safe all over this area. We got directions to Lombardi which we had read about before getting to town. And it was great!. The pizza was very good size, one large was plenty for the three of us. The taste was great, much like you will find in Italy. If someone criticizes the taste of this pizza, they don't know what real pizza is supposed to taste like because they are used to Pizza Hut or Papa Johns or DiGiorno. Atmosphere was great, they seated us in the cellar, among all the wine bottles and we really enjoyed it on a very hot day. Service was exceptional with a very friendly waitress and prompt service even though we were warned because she said they had just refired the oven. And the price was remarkable. Large pizza with different toppings, pitcher of soft drink and a separate drink for our daughter and the total bill was around $30.00. Great value in NYC. Definitely eat here and take time to walk around the neighborhood. We really enjoyed walking and seeing what NYC is all about, the people who live and work there.
Posted by mike on 06/14/2008
I got my pizza delivered so take my service and atmosphere ratings with a grain of salt. Oh wait, don't take any extra salt after ordering from this place. My mouth is burning from the overly salty pizza I just finished. Yeah, I first ate at Lombardi's (in the restaurant) about 13 years ago and it was okay but still overrated compared to pizza I've had in Italy and even Austin. But now, it's overrated compared to just about anything. $40 after a large pizza, salad and delivery? Come on - it better be good. And it's not.
Posted by Brent & Bonnie on 06/01/2008
Home made Sangria was tasty, pizza options limited but ample amount of toppings available. Service was prompt but overly friendly and not much attention was paid to us after order submitted. Definantly order the bruschetta and the original with mushroom and pancetta. Fun area to visit.
Posted by anonymous on 05/23/2008
This was my first time at Lombardi's and the pizza was good, but not THE BEST. We got an order of breadsticks and a small pizza with meatballs. The pizza was good, nice thin but not paper thin crust, not too oily, and a small was plenty for two people. The meatballs were delicious. The breadsticks on the other hand...well if you want 6 hot dogs rolls with some marinara sauce...you are in luck! They were just thick plain rolls with no flavoring whatsoever-no salt, no garlic, no oregano, no cheese-NOTHING. Unforgivable. This place is ok, but I could name at least 10 other places with better pizza, atmosphere, and prices.
Posted by PumaNYC on 04/29/2008
I have lived in NYC for 14 years and had visited Lombardi's dozens of times. In the last year or so they have made a lot of changes and unfortunately the pizza is suffering. The restaurant has expanded tremendously and now seats about 3x's as many people. It is now average at best and is making a living resting on its reputation of being the 1st pizzaria in America. Many of my friends and family agree that the quality is down. I would not recommend this place unless they go back to using quality ingredients that they built the place on. Otherwise you will wait and overpay for average pizza. Trust me.