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LES: A Haven for Lovers of America’s Best Pizza

New York City is the center of the known universe, according to its loyal denizens, and for good reasons—from its world-renowned museums and Michelin-starred restaurants to Central Park and the most storied skyline. But a true point of pride for New Yorkers has to be its pizza. The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about—or craving—New York City pizza may be the classic folded-up dollar slice after a night out or as the perfect meal on the go. But the city’s pizza scene also includes more elevated neighborhood offerings, including some of the world’s finest pies right in the Lower East Side and around the corner from the One Manhattan Square condos.

The belief that New York is home to the world’s best pizza was recently confirmed by the online guide 50 Top Pizza. Their annual ranking of Italian pizzerias placed one of New York’s own at the top of the list (tied with I Masanielli di Francesco Martucci in Caserta, Italy), one of only three non-Italy-based entrees to crack the top 10. This crown jewel of NYC pizzerias is none other than Una Pizza Napoletana. This Lower East Side destination features quaint seating around a pizza station, where you can watch chef Anthony Mangieri and his team make magic. The hard part is waiting for your perfectly blistered 12-inch Neapolitan masterpiece to emerge.

Number #39 on 50 Top Pizza’s list is another New York City joint around the corner from One Manhattan Square: Kesté Fulton. Managed by Roberto Caporuscio and his daughter Giorgia, this pizzeria crafts its traditional Neapolitan pies with ingredients imported from Campania. Nearby on Orchard Street is Scarr’s Pizza, notable for its vintage diner-inspired décor and, of course, its pizza. Founded by Scarr Pimentel, this neighborhood favorite is all about the best ingredients. Scarr’s mills some of its flour—and is, in fact, the only slice restaurant in New York to do so—not to mention the fact that it makes its sauce fresh and uses a combination of three types of mozzarellas for its glorious cheese cover.

Finally, there’s Lombardi’s. This landmark pizzeria was founded in 1905 and holds the distinction of being the first pizzeria in the United States. Today, Lombardi’s continues to serve up thin-crust Neapolitan pizza with a classic Little Italy ambiance. Red and white tablecloths and a wall adorned with photos of celebrities who have visited the spot give Lombardi’s that familiar feeling in a slice of pizza history.

Whatever toppings you prefer, or whether you have the willpower to save enough room for dessert, residents of the One Manhattan Square condos are just a short distance from the greatest pizza in the world in the greatest city in the world. Check out the available homes and take a virtual tour.