Behind the Counter at Patsy’s

Patsy’s has one of the best slices in the city. In fact, they are one of the merely two pizzerias that offer coal oven pizza by the slice. Originally opened in 1933 by Neapolitan immigrant Patsy Lancieri, Patsy’s became the premier Italian restaurant in what was then a bustling Little Italy in East Harlem. Although it boasts a highly regarded complete Italian menu, this week’s Pizza Bus trip visited Patsy’s for their paper thin brick oven pizza. We were even treated to a tour of the kitchen, where original dough mixers and cheese graters are still used to produce time-tested recipes. Its surroundings may have changed, but once you’re within the walls of this venerable establishment, it’s 1933 again.

(Scott is always searching for delicious slices. Photo by Sean Henry)

(Original 1933 dough machine. Photo by Sean Henry)


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