From Our Editors
During the last 37 years, Joe Pozzuli has spent roughly 80 hours a week making pizza. That's plenty of time for innovation, but at Joe's, they've been doing things pretty much the same way they did on the day they opened, and people seem to like it. Dubbed a "Greenwich Village institution", the shop even earned a place on GQ's somewhat controversial list of the "Best 25 Pizzas You'll Ever Eat". It was probably the least contested contender on there, earning its spot not for having perfect sauce or crust, but for offering up what reviewer Alan Richman called, "the perfect New York experience". That "experience" is a classic, thin crust pie, served plainly and often folded over prior to eating by anyone who isn't a tourist or recovering origami addict. The simplicity doesn't imply low quality, however––simply an eschewal of anything Joe––a native of Naples, Italy––deems, "stuff that's too rich or heavy." He should know. Having spent almost 40 years making pizza, he's tasted a slice or two in his lifetime, noting, "Every pie here is made as if I'm going to eat it myself". That dedication to quality and consistency has earned the pizzeria more than a few dedicated fans, among them celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Bill Murray, and Conan O'Brien.