Lombardi's, in Nolita: New York's first pizzeria

By Beatriz Tasso Fragoso, special contributor

Sure, we all love Per Se, Daniel et. al, but once in a while, who doesn't love to just forget about all the fancy stuff and have a good, honest, cheap meal?

New York has no shortage of great pizza joints - Motorino comes to mind - but Lombardi’s was the first in all of the U.S.. The pioneer. It was founded in 1905. And you know what? It's great, in a simple, humble, casual kinda way.

Great, huge caesar salad.

Perfect pizza.

Friendly prices.

And an ancient oven: oldie but goodie!

Lombardi’s: 32 Spring St., tel. (212) 941-7994