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. Continue reading