World's Best Pizza (2008)

Patsy's/Lombardi's

I'll cop out by picking two places: the original Patsy's (2291 First Avenue, 534-9783) in East Harlem serves a primordial slice, the thin crust nicely charred around the edges and the slice topped with modest amounts of fresh mozzarella and unspiced tomato sauce. Lombardi's (32 Spring Street, 941-7994), where American pizza was invented on the Neapolitan model a century ago, offers a lusher pie with a choice of 14 toppings and a slightly thicker crust. Exercise the free garlic option.

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