SADLY, ENZO’S PIZZA IS NOW CLOSED.

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while now, know that I’ve eaten my fair share of pizza. Of course, there was no way I could possibly taste every single pizza in the city on my search for the best pizza. So I continue to write reviews and rate pizzerias as I do get around to them.

But the truth is I don’t eat pizza that much anymore. It used to be a quick, cheap snack to grab when I was in a hurry somewhere, but lately I’ve been trying to save those extra calories for the other rich food I consume. And unless I’m going to a Pizza Club event, pizza just doesn’t usually make its way onto my dinner plate – paper or otherwise.

Well, here I was in the East Village and I was running late to a CPR class (I had to become certified for my work as a tour guide). The only option I had for some quick sustenance apart from a deli sandwich was Enzo’s, which was just around the corner.

I had been here before many years ago, but never officially made it during my pizza quest. When I did a quick google search to see what other bloggers thought of the pizza, not much came up. So although it seems to be a local hangout, I don’t think it gets much attention outside of people like me just needing a quick slice to go. And that’s what this was. I ordered a grandma slice because it looked pretty good with a bright green basil leaf exposed and waited just a minute for the guy to reheat it.

The pizza didn’t get quite as hot as I expected, but the dough had a beautiful crunch. It was so firm and crispy that the slice fell apart with each bite, almost disintegrating in my mouth. The sauce was sweet and well-seasoned, but I could taste that it emerged from a can. The cheese wasn’t too greasy and was dispersed generously for a grandma slice. The basil was cooked into one bite of the pizza, but didn’t add much to the rest of the slice other than a pretty garnish. The addition of parmesan and oregano meant that I didn’t have to add anything to it, I could just grab some napkins and go.

Enzo’s serves a decent slice and will certainly do when in the neighborhood and in the need of an inexpensive, fast snack. I’m just glad I didn’t eat it too fast right before my CPR class and ended up needing CPR myself. Wouldn’t that be ironic?

Is Enzo’s the best pizza in NY? They get a 7 out of 10 because they’re not the best in city, but they serve a decent grandma slice and will do when in the neighborhood and in the need of a quick, crispy slice.

ENZO’S PIZZA
50 Second Avenue (between East 3rd Street and East 2nd Street)
East Village
(212) 353-3388
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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