Tracing NYC pizza genealogy is akin to reading begat-heavy sections of the Bible. W and I ate new favorite slice at Grimaldi's, under the Brooklyn Bridge. Thin, smoky crust hot from a coal-fired oven, with fresh "mootz," basil, tomato.
Begin the begat:
1905, Gennaro Lombardi introduces pizza to NYC.
Patsy Lancieri works for Lombardi, opens Patsy's in Harlem.
Patsy Lancieri's nephew Patsy Grimaldi works for Patsy, opens Grimaldi's in Brooklyn.
Grimaldi's customer Frank Ciolli buys Grimaldi's. Landlord boots him. He moves Grimaldi's next door, into an old bank.
Pasty Grimaldi reclaims the original spot, calls it Juliana's after his mother.
1. Grimaldi's, DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass), Astoria, Queens
2. Napoli, Astoria, Queens
3. Famous Amadeus, Times Square(ish), Manhattan
4. Don Antonio's, Times Square, Manhattan