I just don't understand why I never see anything
written anywhere about Sal and Carmine's, the pizza
shop between 101st and 102nd on Broadway. This place
features two Italian brothers turning out the absolute
best pies I've found in the city (including all the
thin-crust pizzas that I find to be generally
insipid--particularly John's and Pazzi's (UWS
versions anyway)). There is no weak link in a Sal and
Carmine's slice, and if you're used to the typical NYC
cardboard crust, you are in for a shock here. Their
cheese isn't goopy, and it isn't overused. AND, for
the diet conscious, this is the only NYC style pizza
that I've found that stands up to leaving off the
cheese (as is actually not all that uncommon in Italy).
The other day I heard Carmine saying it was almost time
for the brothers to retire...it would be a real
tragedy, and perhaps a secret tragedy, as this place
seems wildly underexposed to me. Please, try it! Best
thing to do, sneak up and peak in the window...wait
until there is no regular cheese pie on the counter
(they do them one at a time). This means a fresh one's
coming, and for some reason a fresh one at C&S's makes
a big difference--a fresh pie there is like a living
entity and I assure you, you will rapture.
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