There is no question that Lombardi's is the oldest pizzeria in the United States.
Founded in 1905, by Italian immigrant, Gennaro Lombardi, Lombardi's continues the great pizza tradition.
The pizza is cooked in a coal fired oven. This maens the pizza is cooked quickly and completey. The crust has a slight char and burn.
Because the temperature of the oven is so high, the pizzaiolo, those making the pizza, need to pay very close attention. Become distracted for a second and the pizza will become a over cooked.
please understand, while the pizza is cooked in a coal fired oven, your pizza does not come in contact with any coal or coal smoke. The coal is in another chamber and heats the pizza oven only.
How was the pizza at Lombardi's?
The crust was excellent. The crust had a lsight char and was done perfectly to a golden brown. the taste was superb.
The pizza ingredients were all fresh. The cheese was light and complemented the pizza. All of the toppings were excellent.
The pizza is a thin Neaploitan with plenty of taste. There were no left-overs at our table.
I would recommend you spend some time at Lombardi's. Enjoy the surroindings and know that with every bite of pizza, you are eating a bit of history.
Our visit was part of Scott's Pizza Tours. While this was enjoyable, I recommend going to Lombardi's on your own, so you can spend more time at this incredible pizzaeria.
Here is a video of our visit to Lombardi's:
You can visit Lombardi's website at this link.
(Interestingly, the site is called: firstpizza.com)
According to the Lombardi website:
"Lombardi's was originally a grocery store, but it soon became a popular stop for workers looking for something to take to work for lunch. Gennaro started selling tomato pies, which were wrapped in paper and tied with a string, and the many workers of Italian descent would take them to the job site. Most could not afford the entire pie, so it was often sold by the piece. There was no set price or size, so you asked for whatever lets say 2 cents would buy and you were given portion of what was equal to the amount offered." Lombardi's
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