Luigi's Pizza looks so perfect! The outside is like, a perfect pizzeria facade and the inside is quiet and weird, with a TV playing some foreign news station and a very friendly pizzaman. There are all these really unappetizing food photographs hanging around on the walls and it is generally just a strange place. Also! The bathroom has graffiti in it that says, "R- You're the only one I faked it with. -M" and it also has a really comfortable toilet and decent toilet paper. No complaints there!
But this pizza, yikes! It is really an overwhelming bummer. When I was a little kid I did a lot of shit that was like, deliberately zany. It's one of those things that I think was probably a little annoying, but totally harmless and an important part of forming an identity for myself. Like, just trying out shit and gauging people's reactions to different ways I behaved or whatever. Anyway, at one point in like, 4th or 5th grade I got really into eating paper for like, a week. It started, I think, with the realization that you could just chew the wrapper of a Trident gum without taking it off and it would just like, totally vanish in your mouth. And then I was like, "hmmm, what other kinds of paper can I eat?" And I ate like, looseleaf and a piece of construction paper. I can remember the texture and flavor pretty vividly, and that's what the pizza at Luigi's tasted like. It was way too thin, and there was practically no sauce and it was just a disappointment in general. Towards the end it got okay, and the crust was really good, but this slice was, in general, a far cry from decent pizza.
Luigi's Pizza - $2.25
304 8th Ave (25th & 26th)
New York, NY 10001