Despite the overwhelmingly large number of pizza options in NYC (around 1,600), the pies from any output of Luzzo’s Group are worth seeking out. I’ve now tried Luzzo’s in the East Village, Ovest Pizzoteca in west Chelsea, and Da Mikele down in TriBeCa, each establishment maintaining the consistency and deliciousness I experienced in my first visit to the 1st Avenue location.
Serving authentic pies reminiscent of southern Italy, Luzzo’s was ahead of its time upon its opening back in 2005. Now, the Neapolitan trend has blown up in the NYC pizza scene, but Luzzo’s has not lost its status as an innovator.
A couple of weeks ago, I hunted down the Luzzo’s Group mobile pizza cart–the smallest of its kind–on a Saturday afternoon, as free slices were being distributed. Turns out “slices” meant mini personal pies, and I was the second person in line to receive one fresh out of the teeny-yet-highly-functional oven on wheels.