Pizza in New York: Delizia
It's always a mixed sign when a New York pizza place is crowded. Can the slices really be that good, or is it late night on a weekend and everyone's desperate? Thankfully, at Delizia, the pizza's really is that good. Baked at just the right temperature, the crust is adequately thick and the cheese is real - not that artificial, salt-laden frozen stuff many other NYC pizzerias try to pass off. The tomato sauce is just the right mix of sweet and tart, and it seems they're always taking a fresh pie from the oven the moment we walk in.
Popular with the locals, Delizia is often full of families, and its hidden back room camouflages kids' birthday parties nicely. At any time of day, you might encounter the corner construction crew rubbing elbows with UES yuppies home from a tough day at the office. You can get everything else here too - salads, chicken parm, meatballs, antipasto - we highly recommend the pinwheels. Hard to resist, these pizza dough rounds ($1.85/each) are full of cheese and veggies and perfect for snacking on if you ever actually have to wait for a slice here.
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