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The New York "by-the-slice" Pizza Map

  • AYCEP by-the-slice Pizza Map - The New York “by-the-slice” Pizza Map - The Gourmand
    AYCEP by-the-slice Pizza Map
  • Phil's Wall - The New York Pizza Project - The New York “by-the-slice” Pizza Map - The Gourmand
    Phil's Wall - The New York Pizza Project
  • Phil's Maker - The New York Pizza Project - The New York “by-the-slice” Pizza Map - The Gourmand
    Phil's Maker - The New York Pizza Project
  • Luigi's Sign - The New York Pizza Project - The New York “by-the-slice” Pizza Map - The Gourmand
    Luigi's Sign - The New York Pizza Project
  • Luigi's Maker - The New York Pizza Project - The New York “by-the-slice” Pizza Map - The Gourmand
    Luigi's Maker - The New York Pizza Project
  • Pizza Suprema Toss - The New York Pizza Project - The New York “by-the-slice” Pizza Map - The Gourmand
    Pizza Suprema Toss - The New York Pizza Project
  • Pizza Suprema exterior - The New York Pizza Project - The New York “by-the-slice” Pizza Map - The Gourmand
    Pizza Suprema exterior - The New York Pizza Project

The New York "by-the-slice" Pizza Map

  • "What will the next map be? Are you making a pizza one!?!?"
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  • We have often been asked this question since starting our series of NYC food maps, and yes, pizza has been at the top of our list. However, there are about 9000 Pizza shops in NYC and we knew it would take over five years if we are to make “the one”. That’s what made our encounter with The New York Pizza Project just so perfect. Founded by five 30-year-old native New Yorkers who have grown up on the NY slice, The Project documents the heart and soul of New York City’s last authentic pizzerias, through interviews and lively pizza-spinning photography. 
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  • We’ve teamed up with them for our 7th map, the New York by-the-slice Pizza Map, featuring 40 of the city’s most important by-the-slice pizza shops. The photographs are taken from the New York Pizza Project photobook, so grab both to enjoy together—like a slice and soda!   
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  • Why “by-the-slice?”  
  • While pizza originates from Italy, serving it by-the-slice is truly a New York City invention. “The Slice” was born following World War Ⅱ, when the US economy was booming and workers had a little extra money to spend. Instead of packing a bag lunch every day, they wanted to buy something quick, inexpensive, and easy to eat. 
  • To meet this new demand, entrepreneurial pizza makers across the city started cutting pies into slices, and since the by-the-slice pizza culture has flourished. While there are plenty of amazing Neapolitan pizza restaurants in this city, there is nothing more New York than a slice.   
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  • Phil’s
  • Phil’s has been run by the owner, Tony, since it opened in 1972. Tony ran the shop with his cousin until the early 80s, when his wife Rose came on board. Tony and Rose have been running the place together ever since. They’re open weekdays until 7pm, and not at all on the weekends. There’s not much room in there, so come early and stake out a spot.
  • 226 Varick Street, West Village    
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  • Luigi’s Pizza 
  • While Luigi isn’t around anymore, having opened the shop in 1973, his son Gio carries on the family tradition. The sauce came from Gio’s mom’s old world recipe, which is herbaceous and delicious. Rumour has it that the family grows many of the ingredients in their own garden. 
  • A huge poster of Nucky Thompson keeps watchful eye—an ode to Steve Buscemi, one of the shops loyal patrons.  
  • 686 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope    
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  • Pizza Suprema 
  • Whether you’re catching a train at Penn Station or going to an event at Madison Square Garden, you owe it to yourself to grab a slice at family-owned Pizza Suprema. It’s all good here, especially their speciality upside-down slice. 
  • 65 Eighth Avenue, Midtown West