ilona the pest

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

your advice needed: great new york pizza

any suggestions for where to find it? the only pizza i've tried so far (including a couple of the so-called original ray's) has been mediocre to awful. i've had way better "new york style" pizza in california than i've ever had here.

tonight i'm going to a place in greenwich village* called john's pizzeria that one of my co-workers recommended. it seems to be well-reviewed. i'll let you know how that goes. but please let me know if there's someplace else i should try.

*i know, i'm supposed to call it "the village."** i just don't feel like we're close enough to be on a last-name basis yet.

**you might notice that i have not adopted a consistent style for ordering punctuation marks and quotation marks at the end of a sentence. i know that the conventionally correct style is to put the punctuation mark inside the quotation marks. but i really hate that rule. i think it's inaccurate, since if you're putting something in quotes, you usually mean "this is precisely what it's called" - and if you include an extraneous punctuation mark, well, then it's no longer a perfect reflection of whatever you're quoting. sometimes i bow to convention, fearful that others will judge me, assuming that i just don't know the basic rules of punctuation. sometimes i rebel.


  • At 9:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    It's me again. Hope you got some good NY pizza. There is no better in the world if you know where to look. If you still haven't found any, next time you're in Philly, let me know. I would be happy to treat you to some excellent pizza!
    Once again, Ilona, keep on posting and stay cute!

  • At 10:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    on driggs (a block parallel to bedford ave) near the corner of driggs and north 7th (williamsburg)...they have good, by the slice, of my main bus stops is right in front of it.

    also, a friend told me that there's a good place near bedford and north 7th....and YES, i have had new york pizza outside of that one block radius, i just can't recall names and locations...

    i'm still searchng for more noteworthy pizza here, but i tell you, york pizza is like sex: even if it's bad, it's still pretty good.

  • At 10:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    pretty soon, you'll be calling greenwich village "the 'vil" or "G to the V" or "sandwich village"....acc

  • At 9:13 AM, Blogger jk said…

    if you are talking about arinell's, then yeah, it's pretty good. anything else in the bay area stinks for "ny style."

    there are places like GRIMALDI'S in brooklyn (on fulton) and JOHN'S on bleeker that people seem to love. but you've got it all wrong by trying to go to ray's. it's just not the best of new york pizza. it's sort of the baseline. but a very low one. pronto pizza will have the same as ray's.

    my faves are two boots (thin, cornmeal crust) which are everywhere from the east to west throught both VILLAGES. rosario, down off ludlow. and the one on bedford named rosa maria or something.

    one day, you will be drunk outside one of these places, have a slice, and love it.

    if you are ever in the columbia area, go to koronet on 111th and broadway. giant slices in the arinell style for cheap.

  • At 10:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    you people have it all wrong. however, i will not divulge the best nyc pizza (hint - it's all in brooklyn) because i don't want my pizza eating enjoyment destroyed by the likes of you.

    oh, okay, here's one place: leo & sons off the marcy JMZ stop. it's under the tracks, wood paneling, you can order by the slice. it's greasy because it's real cheese.

  • At 9:29 AM, Blogger yodler said…

    i second the jk koronet's recommendation. i lived off that stuff in college. go with some friends and get a few slices. the tables are barely large enough to hold the slices, which are 10 times the size of a normal slice, but the same price. oh man i may have to plan a trip for one of those...


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