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Sal & Carmine's Pizza
Posted by 7thavenue on 02/13/2008
Best pizza ever in NYC and every time I've gone in their for lunch, the place is quiet even though there are diners in the back. They keep the restaurant clean. Love.
Posted by Oh yeah on 02/11/2008
Stopped by the other night with a friend who grew up on the UWS, convinced there was no good pizza up here. This place is amazing, better than anything from my old neighborhood (UES), and better than those two famous spots near west 4th. Maybe the best slice I've ever had. Two surly old guys make the pizza,and serve you when they feel like it, and apparently they close for a few months a year because they feel like it, but this might be the best slice in the city.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/10/2007
Sals was introduced to me 30 years ago, when it was by Symphony Space and you had to stand up and eat, and I've been going there ever since. I'd take my kids up to Sal and Carmines when they were younger and it's become their favorite pizza. Yum, I used to order a slice with extra cheese, hot and greasy it was my favorite for years. Now, I know all that cheese isn't so good for my health so I stick to plain. 3 out of 4 of us think the pizza here is great.
Posted by pizza junky on 12/09/2007
Absolutely one of the best non-fancy slice joints in the city. If all you desire is a quality slice, S and C's is the place. As far as previous reviews are concerned pizza is the epitome of to each his own. Sompe people prefer tons of cheese, sweet sauce, crispy vs doughy, thin or thick hence it is hilarious to proclaim such and such is the "best". Agreeing on lousy pizza is easy determining the best is nearly impossibe. As written by previous reviewers my favorite 2 slice joints are Sals and Joes. On a side note this is not a neapolitan slice. To enjoy neapolitan pizza try the much hyped una pizza neapolitana, Great pizza(pies only) and prototypically neapolitan. As far as thick vs thin at S and C's you will find sal throws a thinner slice than carmine. If you know who is who u can choose to eat the style u prefer based on the pizzialo at work.
Posted by Mr. Jones on 11/08/2007
First off: I do not believe Mr. Morgan should insult the previous reviewer for not agreeing on the unamimous praise of Sal's; frankly, no one's opinion on food should ever be insulted since this is the most subjective of human preferences. MY opinion is that Sal's pizza is exquisite: Sal and Joe's are the best slices in NYC, hands down. However, one cannot say one is better than the other because they are apples and oranges: Sal's slice is classic neopolitan slice with a soft, very chewy dough and moist, very rich cheese...it has the glazed oil finish like any classic neopolitan pie and has a soft consistency. Joe's on the other hand is a great crispy black-charred crust...sweet sauce, crunchy consistency. Typically, you will prefer one type of pizza over the other: that will determine whether you enjoy Sal's.
Posted by sam morgan on 10/25/2007
Contrary to what the previous reviewer had to say about Sal's and Carmine's, I think this is hands down the best slice in Manhattan. This is why I have taken every friend, out-of-town visitor, or anyone with any desire for a slice to this place for over 15 years. The pizza is never exactly the same. Always good and salty, sweet and creamy. Sometimes a little bit thinner, sometimes thicker. Ask Sal or Carmine why it is so good and the'll tell you "It's cause we don't use frozen dough. We make our own sauce and we use good cheese." The generally doughy (as opposed to too crunchy...) crust is what brings me back every time. To the previous reviewer: Have you had your taste buds checked recently? I think you may have a problem.
Posted by Rankin on 10/23/2007
For the life of me I cannot understand why people would even talk about Sal and Carmine's, let alone go there twice. I've tried it FIVE TIMES now based solely on praise I've heard from others and the pizza there is mediocre at best. It's just a tad above what you'd expect from the most soulless, bland, run-of-the-mill pizza you'd find in some anonymous midtown deli somewhere. Nothing at all to get excited about.