Best Pizza New York 2008 - Roberta¬ís and Luigi¬ís
Robert Sietsema: While this distinction is usually awarded to one of the more venerable parlors in town?Lombardi?s or Di Fara, say?I was blown away by the wood-oven pies at newcomer Roberta?s, located so obscurely that you?ll be Googling as you go. Made with dough that rises high but doesn?t taste yeasty, the personal-size pies turn out smoky, crusty, cheesy, and beyond excellent.
Sarah DiGregorio: I love Di Fara, but who has the time? Instead, call up Luigi?s and order a fresh-mozzarella pie with eggplant and garlic (walk-in slices are not as good). Gio, the owner, will yell toward the kitchen: ?Ma, we got eggplant?? If you?re lucky, you will soon have in your hot little hands an irregular amoeba of chewy, bubbly crust dotted with squares of fried eggplant and strewn with minced garlic, all of it squirted with Gio?s homegrown herb-infused olive oil.