It's actually hard to find bad pizza in New York, a city that is truly a paradise for pizza lovers across all five boroughs. However, it is not hard to find pizza that might be overhyped or come with too many expectations.
And yet, Sorbillo meets and exceeds those expectations.
The Neapolitan pizzeria—which first opened in Naples in 1935 and didn't expand until 2014 to Milan!—recently opened its first U.S. location (and first outside of Italy) in Manhattan's East Village late last year. And we are truly #blessed that they did.
Sorbillo has plenty of seating at tables, at the bar, and a few by the window for those super hot, humid days—much like the one I visited on earlier this month. The restaurant itself is not pretentious, and it is good for groups, good for two, good for one, good for visitors, and good for locals. This place cannot fail you.
While I didn't get fries (although I have been known to order pizza with a side of fries in the past...), I did get some sparking rosé bubbles. Sorbillo has several beer and wine options, include some house wines for the budget-conscious, and happy hour specials.
As for the main event, we ordered three pizzas between four people: the Margherita con Bufala, Toscana Funghi (mushroom), and the Bologna Emilia Romagna. The last of the three, obviously, has meat on top. Disclaimer: I'm a vegetarian, but the ham wasn't hard to pick off (and my friends graciously obliged to take it from me). And it was worth it because each slice of each pizza was exactly as you'd want from a Neapolitan pizza: chewy, juicy, and cheesy.
It was early in the evening, so we were still hungry a bit afterward. But we quickly realized that gave us the perfect opportunity to move onto what many city dwellers love to regard as "second dinner."
That said, I would definitely come back to Sorbillo with friends who live nearby or out-of-towners again very soon. An absolute must and welcome to New York's crowded pizza scene.