Few among us can argue the merits of a pizza meal, especially in our town where pizza is primo. We know your kids probably crave it 24/7 and that’s cool with us, especially if you seek out one of these five pizza spots. We scoured the city to find pizza that promises gooey cheese, sauce that’s just sweet enough and a perfectly crunchy crust.

1. Pizza Roma
You’ll find a little bit of Italy as you sit in the backyard garden at Pizza Roma in the Village. We loved sitting amidst huge pots of herbs and plants and thought it was intriguing that the pizza bakers proudly proclaimed that they let their dough rise for 96 hours which makes the artisinal pizza served here easier to digest. It’s also cool that this is a sister restaurant to two others in Rome and Barcelona. Feels authentic to us. Don’t miss the Margherita with Bufala Mozzarella pie ($17.50/person but easy to share with a little one).

259 Bleecker Street (between Cornelia and Morton Street)

2. L&B Spumoni Gardens
It’s an absolute must to venture out to Gravesend, Brooklyn, to check out L&B. The Sicilian pies served at this family-owned restaurant, which opened in 1939, are doughy with a sauce that’s an intense blend of sweet/tart. The people-watching is super-fun, the eggplant parmigiana is a welcome accompaniment to the pizza of your choice and the homemade spumonis for dessert, eaten at the outdoor patio, are a must-try.

2725 86th Street (at Avenue U), Brooklyn

3. Ben’s Pizzeria
Space might be at a premium at this corner pizza joint, but the slices here are hot, delish and three-or-four napkin worthy. The praiseworthy sauce contains just enough hints of garlic and fragrant herbs. Follow up a pizza pit stop with a pop-into the Scholastic Store nearby and you have the makings of a perfect SoHo Saturday.

177 Spring Street (at Thompson Street)

4. My Little Pizzeria
At this teensy pizza restaurant in Brooklyn Heights, you’ll savor the zesty tomato sauce and delicate crust in these simple pies. Visit during lunch and you can sit in the garden out back. Don’t forget to end your meal with a refreshing Italian ice for dessert.

114 Court Street (between Atlantic Ave. and State Street)
Brooklyn, Ny

5. Sal & Carmine
Slices are on the agenda at this 78 year family-owned pizza spot on the Upper West Side (aka Manhattan Valley). Though there are a few tables, this is one of those old-school places where you’ll find people patiently waiting on the often long lines and then munching their $3 slices while watching the passersby on Broadway.

2671 Broadway (between 101st and 102ndStreet)

We know that pizza shop loyalty is as important as whether you’re faithful to the Mets or Yankees. Let us know in the comment section below your fave pizza joint. 

— Lambeth Hochwald

photo courtesy of Watershed Posts.gambirasio via flickr