Where to Celebrate National Cheese Pizza Day in NYC

Pizza and New York City go hand in hand. After all, the first pizzeria in the United States was founded in New York City’s Little Italy neighborhood in 1905. After the birth of American Pizza at Lombardi’s in 1905, pizza places shot up all around the city. Pizza in NYC set the bar that pizza around the country attempts to measure up to. Let’s be real with ourselves, as New Yorkers, pizza is a staple in our diets. New York without pizza would be like a fish without water.

It seems as every day is another “National Day,” but this is one we simply can’t ignore. September 5th is National Cheese Pizza Day, an important holiday that needs to be celebrated. We bet you're wish you were eating pizza right about now ... what are you waiting for? We compiled the top 5 places to eat pizza in New York City.

1. Lombardi’s

Although, Lombardi’s is now very touristy, it is the birthplace of American Pizza, and deserves a proper tribute. The first pizzeria ever is still located in Little Italy. 113 years later – Lombardi’s pizza is iconic and delicious.

2. Adelina’s

Pizza is meant to be enjoyed by all! We didn’t forget about you, vegans. Adelina’s is the place for everyone. This Brooklyn pizzeria is veggie focused. However, you can find something for you no matter what your dietary needs are. If you are vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, OR a meat lover - Adelina's has you covered.

3. Di Fara

Di Fara Pizza was established in 1964 by Domenico De Marco after he emigrated to Brooklyn from Italy. Di Fara is now known as one of the best pizzerias in the entire city. Today, Domenico still hand crafts all of his pizzas after spending 40 years perfecting them. These delicious pizzas are waiting for you to come enjoy!

4. Joe’s Pizza

Located in Greenwich Village, Joe’s Pizza prides themselves with offering the “classic New York slice” since 1975. The founder, Joe Pozzuoli, is from Naples, Italy where pizza was born. Their website quotes, "we still are what we've always been: a classic NY slice joint. No glossy corporate backing, no fancy pants pies, no pretentious nonsense, and no gimmicky budget pizza either.” Authenticity starts at Joe’s.

5. Patsy’s Pizzeria

This historic coal-oven pizzeria opened in 1933 and still offers you the same great food and service. Try their classic pizza margherita with traditional thin crust, mozzarella, and basil for $18.

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