Monday, May 24, 2010

Claudio Pizzeria: "At least it's real pizza."

Claudio Pizzeria was the only real pizzeria that Leah, Caroline and I went to. When we walked in, somewhat haggard from having eaten a bulk of pretty shitty slices, Caroline and Leah slinked straight to the back and I ordered a slice from an older fellow who I will heretofore refer to as Claudio. Claudio looked back to the table where L and C were sitting and said, "So three slices?" in a thick Italian accent.
"No, just one slice." I repeated myself, sort of distracted.
He looked in the back again, this time it caught my attention. "Okay, so three slices" And he started to cut three slices off a pie.
"Oh, no, sorry man. Just one slice. We're sharing. We've eaten a lot today but this place looked so good we couldn't pass it up."
"No meetings." He said.
"Excuse me?"
"No meeting. No meeting here. One slice for three people, you sit for two hours. Not in my pizzeria! You know this saying here in America, 'customer is always right'? Well not in my shop! In my shop customer is always wrong!" And then he gave me my one slice with a huge grin on his face.

This slice was totally good! Great ratios, delicious, high quality cheese, perfect sauce! The dough was a little bit bland, could've used more salt, and that lead to the crust having almost no flavor, but there are worse things in the world. Finally!


Claudio Pizzeria - $2.50
598 10th Avenue (43rd & 44th)
New York, NY 10036


  1. Hilario SchmearnsteinMay 26, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    I would boycott this slice on purely aesthetic grounds... where the f is the sauce!?!?

  2. Okay I grew up in hells kitchen, were there are hundreds of different shitty and good slices and have been in my 24 years of existence. My mom works down the street and till this fuckin day she gets wasted and gobbles this shit down because its the best pizza. Plain and simple, best pizza in hells kitchen where you don't have to sit down. "claudio" was right, though, all throughout my teenage years we would buy garlic knots and read poetry in the back for like three hours because we hated our parents.

  3. Hilario:
    It is under the cheese.

    I should revisit this place.