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My Favorite Pizza

Where famous New Yorkers go for a slice.


That new place, Co., in Chelsea. It’s open, light, airy, and the pizza’s very inventive.
—Richard Meier, architect

Café Fiorello. It’s flat and thin-crusted. I put broccoli rabe on it.
—Donna Karan, fashion designer

Oh my God, I’m an actress. I haven’t had a slice of pizza since I was 12.
—Jane Krakowski, actress

Eliot Spitzer  

City Market Café on Madison Avenue. Great pizza and panini; quick delivery and the kids love it.
—Eliot Spitzer, ex-governor

Una Pizza Napoletana. The marinara.
—Tom Colicchio, chef

Lucali in Brooklyn. You have to wait on line forever for this freaking pizza, but it’s so good.
—Rosie Perez, actress

The best five-minute slice is the white slice at Nino’s, on St. Marks and A.
—David Cross, actor

Danilo Gallinari  

The pizza del Re at Kesté Pizza & Vino. Just trust me.
—Danilo Gallinari, Knicks forward

The cold potato or zucchini pizza at Grandaisy Bakery on Broadway and 72nd is fantastic.
—Tony Kushner, playwright

Café Centosette, near my house. With kalamata olives and spicy salami.
—Chloë Sevigny, actress

John Turturro  

Grimaldi’s, under the Brooklyn Bridge.
—John Turturro, actor

Vezzo and Gruppo, which are by the same owner. The pizzas are super-thin, so you don’t feel like you’re being bad.
—Padma Lakshmi, Top Chef host

Don Giovanni. Great sauce. Great ingredients. A very thin, crispy crust.
—Debbie Harry, singer

The Tartufata pizza at Gnocco on 10th Street at Avenue B. It’s got truffle oil, mushrooms, and you can have speck.
—Alan Cumming, actor

Famous Famiglia on Amsterdam Ave. The crust is thinner than the mayor’s five-borough economic plan.
—Bill Thompson, city comptroller

Cascarino’s in Queens, where I live.
—Jose Reyes, Mets shortstop

Joey Chestnut  

Gruppo in the East Village. I usually order one of their house pies, the ChixPotle, complete with shredded chicken.
—Joey Chestnut, competitive eater

Angelo's Pizza on West 57th Street. I go for a classic: Pepperoni, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, with a few pieces of fresh basil on a blackened, thin crust.
—Henry Kravis, investor

Alex McCord  

The best pizza in the world is the pizza in our house. We are obsessive pizza-makers.
—Alex McCord, reality-show star

Lombardi’s. I like pizza as straight as can besauce and cheese.
—Jerry Della Femina, advertising executive

Big Nick’s Burger and Pizza Joint. They make a soy-cheese, whole-wheat-crust broccoli pizza that’s fantastic.
—Bob Balaban, actor

I’m still a classic John’s. Basic Margherita, basic cheese.
—Dana Delany, actress

I get a regular large pie at Di Fara Pizza and stand in line like everyone else.
—Al Harrington, Knicks forward

Patsy’s Pizzeria on West 74th and Columbus. They have great service and a great thin-crust pie.
—Chris Drury, Rangers center

Halal Pizza, near Madison Square Garden. It’s open 24 hoursperfect after you hit some of that New York City nightlife.
—Michael Strahan, Fox football analyst


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