Thursday, October 31, 2019

Day 30, 2019: New Park Pizza (Howard Beach, Queens)




DAY 30: OCTOBER 30th, 2019

LOCATION: New Park Pizza (156-71 Cross Bay Blvd, Howard Beach, NY 11414)

GUEST(S): Lorina Ladrillono

ORDER: 2 slices of cheese, 1 slice of pepperoni (cooked well done)

True New York City pizza. Since 1956, New Park Pizza has been defining New York City pizza. And the definition is delicious! Unlike Sbarro, another family-founded outer borough pizzeria that opened in the same year, New Park Pizza stayed put (and stayed small) earning its reputation one customer at a time. The product hasn’t changed in over 60 years and hopefully never will. I agree with Adam Kuban and recommend you order your slices “well done” to ensure a crisp, perfectly charred outer edge that somehow remains soft and chewy within. Baked in a gas oven, the sturdy crust supports the generously topped large slices. The high quality ingredients may tempt you to order a lot of toppings but that isn’t necessary as the basic component parts of the melted mozzarella cheese, savory tomato sauce and fresh baked crust are all you need to fall in love with New Park Pizza. The only drawback is the distance to midtown. It is so close to JFK airport, maybe we can lobby to make New Park Pizza a stop on the AirTrain. In the meantime, bribe your Uber or Lyft driver to stop there on the way to your flight. If you have time to sit and dine, I recommend the climate controlled back dining area where you can be surrounded by photos of New York City icons while eating at one. New Park Pizza makes a perfect slice and a perfect pie.

Large pie with half pepperoni (well done)

slice of pepperoni


slice of cheese


Day 30


1. Lorina Ladrillono is working on her own legislation!  Coming soon to a city council near you.

pizza pin and pizza flavored chocolate bar

back of gummy emojis including the pizza slice
2. Lorina never lets leave our pizza dates empty handed.  Whether it was a fabric pizza slice in 2014shrinky dinks and Christmas decorations in 2017 or a card in 2018 I tend to be left with souvenirs.  This month, I got a "Pizza Wins" pin, a pizza flavored chocolate bar and a bag of gummy emojis including the pizza slice!

3. The first person to turn me on to New Park Pizza was Erik Marcisak back in Pizza Month 2003.  This place was great then and continues to be great now!


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18/18 = 1.00 x 5 = 5.00

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