Coal is very bad for the environment. But very good for pizza.
You can cornmeal your crust, you can bake it hot-hot brick oven, but nothing will give it that smoky char like a coal-fired oven.
Grimaldi's uses coal. So does Pepe's.
Frank Pepe's is the OG, the GOAT, the mothership. All the people everywhere said, "Gotta go to Pepe's."
W and I walked through Little Italy, under the arch, and into Pepe's. So good. Tomatoes tasted fresh, cheese was just the right amount, and crust was divine.
We still like Grimaldi's best, but Pepe's is a very close second.
1. Grimaldi's, DUMBO, Astoria, Queens
2. Frank Pepe's, New Haven
3. BAR, New Haven
4. Modern Apizza, New Haven
5. Napoli, Astoria, Queens (Higher if it had been Hotter)
6. Stone Bridge, Midtown, Manhattan
7. L&B Spumoni Gardens, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn (Best Sicilian We've Ever Had)
8. Famous Amadeus, Times Square(ish), Manhattan (Nostalgia Pick)
9. Don Antonio's, Times Square, Manhattan