Patsy’s Pizzeria (original in Harlem) – New York, NY

by PizzaSnobo on April 25, 2011

2287 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10035

Patsy’s Harlem was opened by Pasquale “Patsy” Lancieri in 1933 after defecting uptown from Lombardi’s. The Lancieri family sold the rights to use the Patsy’s name, however the Patsy’s chain is not affiliated with the Harlem original and the pizza is different too.  The Lancieri family has since sold the Harlem spot, but the recipe is the same and the long tradition of serving politicians, movie makers and pizza snobos will continue.

Patsy’s Harlem produces a paper thin crust baked in a coal fired oven. The pie ($12) is soft and chewy considering how thin it is. The grated mozzarella cheese is what stands out the most. The sauce is a little light and perhaps too tangy. The pizza style and taste reminds us more of John’s than Grimaldi’s. (Patsy Grimaldi was Patsy Lancieri’s nephew!)

Fans often claim Patsy’s Harlem is the best pizza in the world, but they started saying that 80 years ago. Today the competition is much fiercer, but Patsy’s Harlem is still the king of its neighborhood.

Department of Health Restaurant rating A

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