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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.
Posted by nat483 on 03/20/2008
I absolutely love the pizza here. Have gone several times and I've never been let down. Only con for me is the small space. It can get a little crowded and at times you'll find yourself lining up outside for a bit before you are seated. After there I also like to go to Rice to Riches. Awesome spot with really good rice pudding. :)
Posted by Tabithanyc on 03/07/2008
Was really looking forward to visiting Lombardi's after hearing it was the best pizza in New York.. had walked for miles and anticipated a slice of heaven. Wow.. how disappointing! could hardly bite/cut the crust it was so hard. Toppings were ok, nothing to shout about. I've had better pizza from my local Walmart. Was also given the wrong check .. won't be back.
Posted by puffy on 02/29/2008
If you love pizza that is NOT Italian, full of salt, acidity, and over rated. This is your pizza heaven. Enjoy. You'll know what I'm talking about when you look in the mirror in the morning with your puffy Panda eyes, and in dire need of Pepcid ac
Posted by Frankie on 01/22/2008
I'd heard this was one of the places for pizza in NY, so I thought I'd try it out. It really was worth going to! The staff was friendly, pizza was great (though we ordered far too much!) and it had a really great lively atmosphere. We were in and out in reasonable time. If you're in Little Italy it's definitely the one to go for - some of the others didn't look to good.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/03/2008
Lombardi's may be the best around downtown - I waver between Arturo's (also inconsistent - sometimes way too chewy) on Houston and Lombardi's. Let me just say that Pepe's in New Haven is definitely better than either - probably the best anywhere on Earth, I've had them all several times. Lombardi's Pizza is the best when you go there - after sitting in a box the crust goes limp and soggy, and they jip you on toppings - constantly annoying.
Posted by LA on 12/31/2007
Ive been to Lombardis before at off times and have never had to wait for a table. This past weekend I went and of course since it was a Saturday in the height of tourist season, there was a 90 minute wait. While I normally would have said F it, my husband had never been there and really wanted to try it. So we put in our name and decided to walk around. About 50 mins later my name was called, and the hostess said "please stand over there". So I did. And I stood and got a glass of wine at the bar and stood some more...maybe about 10-12 minutes. I had no clue what was supposed to happen next, so I asked the hostess..excuse me, you called our name but is someone supposed to seat us? She rolled her eyes and got defensive. "we are very busy, this is our policy!" I said I understand but Im not sure whats supposed to happen now..she was clearly too flustered to answer any questions so I approached what I assume was a manager and asked him when we were supposed to be seated..he said he waves people from across the dining room when its their turn to be seated. It would have been nice if we had been told that beforehand. He apologized and said the next table for 2 would be ours. We were seated, our waitress was nice enough, the pizza was very very good. Would I say the "best"? Maybe if I was from Iowa where all they have is pizza hut I would have been blown away but I wasnt. It was just very good pizza...good crust, nice sauce, we had pancetta, mushrooms and extra sauce as our toppings.