The Oldest Pizza Places in New York

New York style pizza has become famous all over the world with its large slices of pie and hand tossed crust. Pizza may not have originated in New York, but the city has some of the oldest and most iconic pizzerias in the United States.

1905: Lombardi’s Pizza

Lombardi’s has become a staple of New York City. It’s located in Little Italy, Manhattan and founder Gennaro Lombardi was the first person to be granted a mercantile license to sell pizza in the city.

1924: Totonno’s Pizzeria Napolitano

Known for its sweet sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese, Totonno’s is regarded as one of the best pizzerias in New York. Anthony “Totonno” Pero was actually an employee of Lombardi’s who learned the craft of fine pizza. Now, Totonno’s has a steady following and visitors from around the world.

1929: John’s of Bleecker Street

Staying true to tradition, John’s still sells pizza only by the pie and not by the slice. The pizzas are cooked in an 800-degree oven and the walls are lined with photos of celebrities that have visited the pizza joint. John’s has never shut down and stayed open through the Great Depression.

1933: Patsy’s Pizzeria

Patsy’s is known for being Frank Sinatra’s favorite pizza. Unlike other traditional New York pizzerias, Patsy’s chose to sell their pizza by the slice.

1937: Denino’s Pizzeria & Tavern

Located in Staten Island, Denino’s makes the trip across the bridge worth it. The tavern didn’t originally serve pizza, but pizza was introduced in 1951 and has been a big hit ever since.