When you’ve lived in New York for nearly 30 years, it’s always a great thrill to find yourself on a street you’ve never walked down before, or, even better—eating the perfect New York slice of pizza in a spot you’ve never visited.
For me, this was Luigi’s on Fifth avenue in South Slope (at 21st Street) on Friday night. The owner, Giovanni, sweat-suit-clad and extremely passionate, offered a drizzle of his special herb-oil, which elevated the already outstanding slice to lusty new heights.
The pie is thin—crisp and slightly browned underneath, but still absorbent and soft on top, the sauce is made with a combination of imported canned Italian tomatoes and Staten Island grown and jarred tomatoes, which, like the herb oil, come courtesy of Giovanni’s dad, who grows the basil and other (unspecified) herbs himself.
686 Fifth Avenue