New York City Pizza Timeline

You think about New York City’s oldest pizzerias and Lombardi’s comes to mind for its place in history as the birthplace of pizza in America. But pizza obsessives know that while Lombardi’s tugs at mozzarella heartstrings, it’s technically not the oldest pizzeria (the original location closed in 1984 and it reopened nearby in 1994). And there’s even been new evidence to suggest that Gennaro Lombardi was carrying on a tradition brought to America from Naples by pizza man Filippo Milone. After a decade of research, statistician Peter Regas has concluded that Lombardi’s was not the country’s first place to sell pizza.

Regardless of who was actually first, anyone seeking out New York City’s best pizza eventually seeks out other classics. And for all the attention paid to the city for pizza, it’s surprising that many of New York City’s oldest pizzerias fly under the radar. So for reference, here’s a list of about 100 of its oldest, most noteworthy joints.

Many places on this list have well-publicized birthdays. Some, not so much. The founding years below were gathered from phone calls, books, the pizzerias’ websites, articles, databases, photos of menus—even pizza boxes.

If you believe a date is incorrect, or if there’s a joint that deserves to be on a timeline of the city’s significant pizzerias that’s been omitted, please reach out

1924 Totonno’s Coney Island Brooklyn
1929 John’s of Bleecker Street West Village Manhattan
1930 Sam’s Restaurant Cobble Hill Brooklyn
1933 Patsy’s East Harlem Manhattan
1937 Denino’s Elm Park Staten Island
1939 L&B Spumoni Gardens Gravesend Brooklyn
1942 Nunzio’s Grant City Staten Island
1947 Louie & Ernie’s Schuylerville Bronx
1950 J&V Pizzeria Bensonhurst Brooklyn
1956 New Park Pizza Howard Beach Queens
1957 Arturo’s West Village Manhattan
1959 Sal & Carmine’s Pizza Upper West Side Manhattan
1959 Dani’s House of Pizza Kew Gardens Queens
1959 Rizzo’s Fine Pizza Astoria Queens
1959 VIPizza Bayside Queens
1960 Napoli’s Best Pizza Tremont Bronx
1960 Yolanda Restaurant and Pizzeria Mott Haven Bronx
1960 Pizza Garden Flushing Queens
1960 Joe & Pat’s Pizzeria Castleton Corners Staten Island
1961 Freddy’s Pizzeria Whitestone Queens
1962 Pino’s La Forchetta Park Slope Brooklyn
1963 Brother’s Pizzeria Fresh Meadows Queens
1963 Brothers Pizzeria Elm Park Staten Island
1964 Di Fara Midwood Brooklyn
1964 New York Pizza Suprema Chelsea Manhattan
1966 Stromboli Pizza East Village Manhattan
1969 Lee’s Tavern Dongan Hills Staten Island
1971 Fascati Pizza Brooklyn Heights Brooklyn
1973 Amore Pizza Flushing Queens
1974 Giovanni’s Restaurant University Heights Bronx
1975 Joe’s West Village Manhattan
1976 Full Moon Pizzeria Arthur Avenue Bronx
1976 Rose & Joe’s Italian Bakery Astoria Queens
1977 Famous Ben’s Pizza SoHo Manhattan
1978 Nino’s Pizza Bay Ridge Brooklyn
1982 Ciccio’s Pizza Gravesend Brooklyn
1982 La Villa Howard Beach Queens
1983 Rosa’s Pizza Maspeth Queens
1985 Pugsley’s Belmont Bronx
1986 The Manor Restaurant Manor Heights Staten Island
1987 Two Boots Pizza East Village Manhattan
1988 Café al Mercato Belmont Bronx
1988 Sacco Pizza Midtwon West Manhattan
1989 Emilio’s of Morris Park Morris Park Bronx
1989 Sac’s Place Astoria Queens
1992 Goodfella’s Dongan Hills Staten Island
1993 Pomodoro Rosso Upper West Side Manhattan
1993 Nick’s Pizza Forest Hills Queens
1994 Yankee J-Z Pizza Soundview Bronx
1994 Sullivan St Bakery Chelsea Manhattan
1994 Lucia Pizza Flushing Queens
1994 Lombardi’s Nolita Manhattan
1996 Morris Park Pizzeria Van Nest Bronx
1997 John’s Pizzeria Times Square Manhattan
1998 Patricia’s Tremont Bronx
1998 Naples 45 Midtown East Manhattan
1999 Pizza Gruppo Alphabet City Manhattan
2000 Tony’s Brick Oven Rosebank Staten Island
2003 Otto West Village Manhattan
2004 Franny’s Park Slope Brooklyn
2004 Peppino’s Bay Ridge Brooklyn
2004 Luzzo’s East Village Manhattan
2005 Amorina Cucina Rustica Prospect Heights Brooklyn
2005 Adrienne’s Pizzabar FiDi Manhattan
2005 Waldy’s Flatiron Manhattan
2006 Lucali Carroll Gardens Brooklyn
2007 Layla Jones Cobble Hill Brooklyn
2008 Roberta’s Williamsburg Brooklyn
2008 Zero Otto Nove Belmont Bronx
2008 Artichoke Basille East Village Manhattan
2009 Joe’s Pizza Pelham Bay Bronx
2009 Kesté West Village Manhattan
2009 Motorino East Village Manhattan
2009 Co. Chelsea Manhattan
2010 Paulie Gee’s Greenpoint Brooklyn
2010 Il Porto Ristorante Clinton Hill Brooklyn
2010 Rubirosa Ristorante Nolita Manhattan
2010 Sunnyside Pizza Sunnyside Queens
2010 Nonna’s Pizza Great Kills Staten Island
2011 Sottocasa Pizzeria Boerum Hill Brooklyn
2011 Giuseppina’s Sunset Park Brooklyn
2011 Grimaldi’s DUMBO Brooklyn
2012 Williamsburg Pizza Williamsburg Brooklyn
2012 Juliana’s Pizza DUMBO Brooklyn
2012 Speedy Romeo Clinton Hill Brooklyn
2012 Don Antonio by Starita Hell’s Kitchen Manhattan
2012 Prince St. Pizza Nolita Manhattan
2012 Fiore’s Pizza West Village Manhattan
2012 Tufino Astoria Queens
2012 Reggiano’s Tottenville Staten Island
2012 Gloria Pizza Forest Hills Queens
2013 Pizzetteria Brunetti West Village Manhattan
2013 Ribalta West Village Manhattan
2013 Milkflower Astoria Queens
2013 Pizza Cucina Ridgewood Queens
2014 Emily Clinton Hill Brooklyn
2015 Adoro Lei Hudson Square Manhattan
2015 Pizza Moto Red Hook Brooklyn