By: Anne M. Raso
I mentioned in a review a few months ago that Donatella in Chelsea had the best slice in New York but we've got a heavy duty contender that I'd like to call The Princely Slice Of Prince Street (and beyond)! It's Prince Street Pizza's Spicy Spring Soho Square, a classic Neopolitan style slice with homemade chunky fra diavolo sauce featuring custom cut Grade A Hormel pepperoni (a superior grade not commercially available to the public). The crust is deep golden brown and there's just the right chew--and the whole milk homemade lightly salted mozzarella used is just as gooey and stringy as diehard pizza lovers can dream about. The Fra Diavolo sauce has a kick, but is not painfully hot by any stretch of the imagination!
Prince Street Pizza is owned by the very friendly and customer service-oriented Frank Morano who grew up in Little Italy and who tells us that his wedding reception actually took place next door to Ray's (which opened in 1959) when Ray not only had the space that is presently Prince Street Pizza but also used the currently vacant space next store as a sit down restaurant. Morano has been in the pizza business his whole life and in the past has owned Don Pepe's in Penn Station, as well as Domenico's and Bella Donna in Staten Island. If you ask politely, he will take you downstairs to the basement to show you the two tree stumps that have been holding up the building for something like a 100 years (actor RIchard Thomas remembered this fact from when the place was still Original Ray's and asked Morano if they were still there recently)! Morano will also tell you the whole legend about Ray's Pizza (since he knew the original owner as a kid) and how it resulted in many lawsuits and impostors--but his joint is on the site of the place that was the real deal!
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Prince Street Pizza27 Prince St
New York, New York 10012