Celebrate National Pizza Month with these joints around NYUPosted on October 8, 2013 | by Brenda Liu
October is National Pizza Month, which means it is time to embrace and celebrate some of New York City’s rich pizza history. Of the many delicious pizza joints all over the city, here are some of WSN’s favorites.
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza
When walking through Washington Square Park, Artichoke Basille’s Pizza boxes can often be seen in the hands of passersby. The toppings make this pizzeria one of the most unique in the city. Rather than use the classic cheese, pepperoni or sausage toppings, this shop tops its pizza with artichokes. Sold for $4.75 per slice, this delicious pizza place can be found at 111 MacDougal St.
This pizzeria is a West Village staple. From eggplants to crawfish, Two Boots offers a vast variety of toppings. The restaurant, located at 201 W. 11th St., even offers whole-wheat crust. Sold at $4 per slice, the Tony Clifton is a classic choice — it comes topped with wild mushrooms, sweet red pepper pesto, Vidalia onions and mozzarella cheese. A regular slice of cheese costs $2.85.
Joe’s is a true New York City experience. The restaurant is small and grimy, and the line is out the door during peak hours. But the pizza is worth the wait and less-than-ideal eating conditions. Joe’s serves a classic, crispy, thin-crust style pizza, and the slices contain just enough grease to not overwhelm the taste. Joe’s is also a celebrity hotspot. When inside the restaurant, customers can see a wall covered with photos of big names that have dined there, such as Anne Hathaway, Neil Patrick Harris and Ben Affleck. Priced at $2.75 for a slice of cheese pizza and $3.50 for a slice with toppings, this pizzeria is located at 7 Carmine St.
Viva Herbal Pizzeria
Love pizza but cannot eat cheese? Viva Herbal Pizzeria offers diners the option to create a slice of pizza for $2.40. With slice options ranging from vegan to meat lovers, the choices should satisfy a variety of palettes. Viva Herbal is located at 179 Second Ave.
John’s of Bleecker Street
Founded in 1929, this pizzeria still uses a coal-fired brick oven. John’s does not serve single slices, but the thin crust, New York styled pies are $14.50 for a small with 6 slices and $16.50 for a large with 8 slices. John’s can be found at 278 Bleecker St.
Spunto is well known for its crispy thin-crust pizza. It offers a variety of lunchtime specials. Patrons can order two slices of cheese with a soda or water for $5. If customers desire a healthier option, another choice is one slice with a small house salad and drink for $6. Spunto stops serving slices after 5 p.m. Visit Spunto at 65 Carmine St.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Oct. 8 print edition. Brenda Liu is a contributing writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.