Just recently, I had finished up an important business meeting in Manhattan late on a cold Friday evening. Feeling hungry and tired and not looking forward to the trip home, I found myself strolling through the West Village when I stumbled upon John’s Pizza of Bleecker Street.
Although pizza was not on my agenda for dinner, it was late in the evening and I saw that there was hardly a line inside the pizzeria. It has circa 1929 brick ovens, graffiti covered walls, accepts cash only and doesn’t sell any slices. It had been about 10 years since I had eaten at John’s. I remembered it being one of the best signature pizzerias in New York City, so I decided to take advantage of the short wait and indulge in the Italian goodness.
After being seated at my booth immediately, I ordered the house thin crust with sausage and black olives, cooked very well done. Smelling the wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen, my hunger continued to grow.
When the pizza arrived it was cooked perfectly to my expectations. The fresh mozzarella was creamy and balanced the savory sauce quite well. The crust was crunchy with a slight char. It had a smoky taste; just the way I enjoy piping hot pizza out of the oven.
Needless to say, I couldn’t finish the whole pie. Nevertheless, if you haven’t been to John’s yet, it’s a definite must when walking through the West Village. It is by far one of the best pizzas I’ve tried in the metropolitan area. It makes a great comparison to pizza is that I’ve tried in Rome and Naples, Italy. Check out John’s menu on their website: http://www.johnsbrickovenpizza.com/. You can find them at 278 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10014.