The heft and weight of a typical slice comes from the crust and cheese department, but the body of the Palermo is in the breadcrumb thickened sauce. Laced with traces of roasted garlic and herbs, and lots of translucent, diced onions, it has a depth of flavor matched only by its textural depth. All resting on a pillow of dough with a lightly pan-fried bottom crust, the sfinicione at Ben's makes a good case for "just one more slice".
Famous Ben's of Soho
Talk about neglected art forms: who's making great Italian ices these days? Among a few other keepers of the frozen flame, Famous Ben's Pizza still makes great ones, including what may be the best Italian ice I've ever had.
When we think of New York pizza, we often envision a pointy-tipped classic slice. Or when we think about the city's newer pizzerias, increasingly, we're dealing with a Neapolitan or neo-Neapolitan pie. But there's no end of great square slices in the city—from puffy Sicilian to thinner, garlicky grandma slices to newer innovations like pickled vegetable pizza. Here are 16 of our favorite square slices in the city. What's your favorite?
A plain slice from Best Pizza [Photograph: Jessica Leibowitz] As a New Yorker, I'm unfit to make the call on whether or not we have the best pizza in the world. It's against my basic upbringing to even entertain the notion that our pizza, bagels, pastrami, and hot dogs aren't the best. But if you, as a visitor to our fair city, want to make the call for yourself, you should start by getting the best that NY has to offer. Finding great pizza in New York used to be as easy as going to the closest street corner and...