There is some debate as to where and when pizza originated. Many of those debates will include New York City with varying levels of importance. Regardless, it’s undeniable that New York City has some of the best pizzerias around. If you ask some friends who have been to or know New York where to get a good slice of pizza, Artichoke or Grimaldi’s will probably be somewhere toward the top of their list. There are so many great pizzerias in New York, it’s easy to go with what’s well known and famous. However, I’m going to ask that you try something off the beaten path that will leave you wondering how such deliciousness had been absent from your life.
Saluggi’s has an unassuming storefront in Tribeca. When you walk in, you will probably find that they aren’t super full. You may worry for a moment that this crazy west-coast-born blogger has no idea what he is talking about. This place is not that packed–certainly not like those famous places all of your friends kept telling you to try–how could it be so good? You just have to trust me.
Saluggi’s serves appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and pastas, but what they are most famous for is their brick-oven pizzas and calzones. They make their own fresh mozzarella cheese that they use generously on every pizza. After eating their fresh mozzarella you will probably wonder how to make fresh mozzarella to make up for the poor substitutes you find elsewhere. They even make a vegan pizza with daiya vegan cheese, red sauce, and basil. Their toppings have been nothing but fresh and each pie seems to be made with tender love and care. The pizza crust is perfectly toasted and crunches ever so slightly with each bite. To top it off, they are reasonably priced with large pizzas (8 filling slices) ranging from $19-25. They also sell small pizzas and pizzas by the slice if your heart so desires, but I find it difficult to resist ordering the large every time I go.
The first pizza I ever had was the Spinach. It is made with fresh spinach, toasted almonds, olive oil, mozzarella cheese, and ricotta cheese. The mix of mozzarella and ricotta cheese is intoxicating. I feared for my lactose intolerant stomach, but my taste buds begged louder for more. The Spinach is a white pizza, meaning there is no tomato sauce. The creaminess of the ricotta makes up for the lack of tomato sauce and blends very well with the bitter of the spinach, the crunchiness of the almonds, and the sharpness of the olive oil. Somehow, my boyfriend and I managed to eat 7 out of the 8 slices.
The Mediterranean was next on my list. Made with sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, artichoke hearts, red sauce, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese, this is perfect for vegetarians. The red sauce and mozzarella compliment the soft yet bristly artichoke hearts and the tangy olives. The Parmesan cheese adds a little bite making it another wonderful creation.
The Italian Deli was their first pizza that I tried with meat. Made with thick slices of ham, salami, caramelized onions, red sauce, provolone, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella, this is the perfect combination for the meat lover. The onions are perfectly caramelized in rings and add a tender texture and sweet flavor to the savory slices of ham and salami.
Made with fresh arugula, slices of capicola, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese, the Argula is great for omnivores. The savory slices of capicola compliment the gooey and fresh mozzarella with the leafy and fibrous arugula. In comparison to the other pizzas I have tried, it has a more simple flavor but is definitely still delicious.
Sadly, I have yet to try their calzones. One of these days! It’s just another excuse to go and eat more amazing brick-oven pizza. Does anyone know of any other great NYC pizzerias that are off the general radar?
Saluggi’s is located at 325 Church St (one block south of Canal), New York, NY 10003. Phone: 212 226-7900. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also order on Seamless Web. They are open Monday through Thursday from 11:00am to 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:00am to 11:00pm, and Sunday from 12:00pm to 10:00pm.