Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Day 16, 2012: John's Pizzeria (W. Village, NYC)

DAY 16: OCTOBER 16th, 2012

LOCATION: John's Pizzeria (Bleecker St and 6th ave)

ORDER: 4 slices of sausage

GUEST: Mark Lee

Having been consistently open ever since 1929, John's of Bleecker is the coal-fired gold standard of Manhattan pizzerias.   John Sasso, a former employee of Lombardi's, set up shop in the West Village churning out pies with copious amounts of tangy tomato sauce, thinly sliced low moisture mozzarella, and a crispy thin coal-fired crust.  Fortunately, not much has changed.  As for toppings, I recommend the ground Italian sausage. Sprinkled generously about the pie, the sausage adds a hearty bite to the tangy sweet sauce and savory crust.  For coal-fired thin crust NY style pizza lovers like me, John's is one of the best in the business.

 4.76 out of 5

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20/21 = .952 x 5 = 4.76

1. Mark Lee was a part of my very first quest for the 31 Days of Pizza in 2002.  He is the one that recommended Lombardi's.
2. John's Pizzeria of Bleecker was the very first coal-fired slice I ever ate (and it came with the Brothers Hines in October 2002).
3. Mark plays guitar for Terry Jinn's ETV band.  Here they are backing my wife, Robin Rothman, as she sings "Magic Man" by Heart.


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