Our Pizza Safari continued last week with visits to 11 more venues that sell by the Slice... a couple places made the cut.
All tastings are of the basic "plain slice", cheese, sauce, and dough. The theory being that if they have a great regular slice as the "foundation", then they are in the best position to have the best "added ingredient" slices.
Tasting notes are in order of Tasting, not rankings:
ROSARIO'S 173 Orchard. Good looking slice. Yellowish - cheddar in the blend? Lingering interrsting taste Medium-thick cheese layer. Folds with Lt-Med cracker. Light grease. Not much sauce. Gets somewhat less interesting with each bite. Close but no cigar. Not bad for a fast slice jones.
SAL'S Mott at Broome. Hardy cheese veneer... Tasty... folds medium cracker. CHeese is pleasantly chewy...All-round not bad, just not quite memorable enough...
POMODORO 51 Spring at Mulberry. A bit steeply priced at $2.25.... let's see if it's worth it.; Finally, sauce that you can taste! But the cheese is subdued. Large, thin slice folds with lt. cracker crust. Low grease... this thing just tastes too much like "sweet marinara on a pizza".... close but no cigar. Some great spicy cheese blend and they'd really have something.
SULLIVAN STREET BAKERY Sullivan St. 1/2 block s. of Spring. Forget it. This place is transcendental. Difficult to compare to anything because there's no real "plain slice". Tried the Biano with Pecorino. One bite and you know this place is special. A definite finalist... probably an "essential" NYC dining venue.
FAMOUS BEN'S... Thompson & Spring, NE Corner. Folds soft, finally some flavor in both sauce & cheese! Light grease... sweet edge from the sauce. Definitely moving on in the safari. Not affiliated with the Bens on McDougal, so the cashier says.
PIZZA BOX... 170 something Bleecker. Very cheddary imho. medium grease. Folds with light cracker.... make that medium+ grease. Just not interesting.
PIZZA BOOTH... 165 Bleecker. While waiting for this to cool the cheddary fumes waft up as the grease pools form. Thin slice. Cornmeal on the crust like Two Boots. Actually not too bad for an urgent pizza jones. Can taste the somewhat tangy sauce over the muddled cheese... not quite a finalist.
BLEECKER STREET PIZZA... 69 Bleecker at 7th Ave. Folds Med. cracker crust. Nice sauce... with tastier cheese I might really like this. Close but not cigar.
PIE 124 4th Ave btw 12/13th. Many slice types, sold by weight. Delicately spiced cheese. The shape of the pie detracts somewhat. Chewy, low grease. Lt Cracker/ soft folding. Very close but no cigar.
NEW TOWN PIZZA 40 W. 8th St. Good looking. Nice cheese veneer. Lt Grease. Folds soft. Mild taste... nothing really unpleasant here just REAL MILD. I note how popular the Dominoes is nearby. What's that say about the state of the slice around here ? Very close but no cigar.
GIOIA's 387 6th Ave. S. of 8th St. Very spicy flavor, heavy garlic. Zilch sauce. Thick yellow cheese. Light grease. Folds w/ medium cracker. Not much taste past the garlic. Very interesting how crowded the nearby Uno's is... supposedly such bad pizza at Dominoes and Uno's and yet they have plenty of NYC customers who could eat anywhere.
At the end of the Day, Famous Ben's and Sullivan Street Bakery move on to the playoffs and the safari continues. Your recs are always welcome.