New York City is never short of pizza shop options. While a drunken 99-cent slice seems like a good idea at 3:30am, we’d prefer some good quality, brick oven pizza to comfort our bellies. Fortunately for us, Goodfella’s Old Brick Oven Pizza and Restaurant brings their award-winning wood-fired, oven-baked pizza and traditional family-style Italian eats to their newest location in Gramercy.
Since 1993, Goodfella’s has been winning awards all over the place, both locally and internationally. The won Best Pizza in the World at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas in 2007 , World’s Best Pizza in 2009 and 2012, and Best Pizza on the East Coast in 2010. Most recently, Goodfella’s took home first prize for best crust, best white pie, and best square pie in Bayonne’s Best Pizza Challenge.
With that said, I was incredibly stoked to try some of their renowned pizza. Opting to try their signature pies, we selected the Smokin’ Goodfella, a semolina-crusted pie with fresh smoked mozarella, roasted pepper cream sauce, roasted pepper, sausage, pecorino romano, and basil, as well as the Sally Pie with lemon garlic chicken, roasted rosemary potatoes, fresh mozarella, cheddar cheese, mushrooms, caramelized onions, and gourmet cheddar scallion cream sauce. Another popular choice is the Alla Vodka with fresh mozarella, tomato cream vodka sauce, seasoned mushrooms, peas, and prosciutto.
Both pies were filled to the brim with toppings. Supposedly these are supposed to be single-person pizzas, but we suggest to share different pies or entrees to maximize all your different options. Even for those persnickety gluten-free types, their gluten-free dough is prepared separately from the regular dough.
Goodfella’s is not only known for their pizza, but also for their other signature dishes. We started off with the mussels marinara that we tried with linguini. A great dish to share with the table. Other apps to try are the homemade mozzarella and corroza, fried calamari, and rice ball parmigiana, or start withs some decadante soups such as the rich and creamy lobster bisque and Italian wedding soup with baby meatballs and escarole.
Pasta fiends will find satisfaction in their large pasta dinners. For traditional pasta dishes, try the irresistible rigatoni alla vodka with creamy tomato sauce, peas and prosciutto di parma, or the baked ziti. You can’t go wrong with the baked lasagna, which is made fresh daily, smothered in cheese, fresh ricotta, ground beef, sausage and marinara sauce.
For a kick in your pasta dish, try the Chicken Goodfellas: penne pasta with fresh chicken breast sauteed with scallions, shallots, garlic, white wine, and cream sauce. Incredibly tasty, but be sure to brush your teeth thoroughly after eating this dish.
In addition to pasta, try the wood-fired ribeye steak served with sautéed spinach and roasted potatoes, or the classic veal, eggplant or chicken “parm” with vegetables and pasta, and old world style meatballs. And of course, close it all with some dessert, including their cannoli filled to order with delicate ricotta cream, light and airy tiramisu, or the rich chocolate layer cake.
For large parties, Goodfella’s is great at accommodating groups for celebrations and private events. Recently obtaining their liquor license (hooray!), they serve moderately priced bottles of wine, most under $50, and have six beers on tap.
Don’t forget about their epic lunch specials, a steal at $10 for almost any entrée or individual pizza plus a salad. Try the grilled salmon with sautéed spinach and roasted potatoes or a hot pressed panini layered with Genoa salami, prosciutto, provolone, mozzarella, roasted peppers and tomato.
Check out Goodfella’s newest location in Gramercy, or check out their other location in the Lower East Side, Staten Island or Jersey.
391 Second Avenue
between 22nd and 23rd Streets
Lower East Side
144 Orchard Street
1817 Victory Boulevard
New Jersey – Bayonne