Tag Archives: Spring Street

Little Italy Isn’t Dead: Lombardi’s

Periodically, there’s an article about how Little Italy is dead or dying. Yes, it’s more of a tourist destination and less of a neighborhood where Italian people live. There are still some Italians there, and there are Italian-American-owned businesses there. A recent article in the New York Times made me want to write a series on Little Italy Isn’t Dead and feature some of the businesses there.

Lombardi’s

Lombardi’s on Spring Street is the oldest pizzeria in the United States, founded in 1905 by immigrant Gennaro Lombardi from Naples, Italy. The pizza is baked in a coal-fired oven just as it was back in the day. And it is one of the best pies in New York City and the country. It’s the must-stop for any pizza aficionado.

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Cronut

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the cronut on my blog.  The cronut is a new pastry creation by Dominique Ansel.  It’s a hybrid of a doughnut and croissant.  The trademarked cronut is selling out like crazy.  I’ve heard that they sell out within 45 minutes.  Dominique Ansel says he has a small kitchen and can’t produce more and also prefers quality over quantity.  Long lines have formed outside the bakery on Spring Street, and I know I will be on that line soon.