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I’m In Love…With Vodka Pizza

Every year I look forward to San Gennaro in Little Italy. Why? Well, it’s not just because I love Italian food in general (and I do), but because I look forward to reconnecting with an old flame or two – some of the best pizza and manicotti I’m sure to have all year.

Now anyone who knows anything about San Gennaro understands that the majority of food served is from restaurants on Mulberry Street. That being said, if I was half as smart as I thought I was, I would remember, each year, to write down where I get this amazing pizza and manicotti so that I can visit the establishments throughout the year. But I don’t. Instead I’m so overjoyed at finding this pizza and manicotti again that all rational thinking goes out the window and I grab my goods and find a spot to enjoy it.

Well, as I was heading to the subway after Shecky’s Girls Night Out last week, I happened to look up at the right time and see a banner that read “Pomodoro Pizzeria, ‘Home of the Vodka Pie.’” Jackpot.

Why vodka pizza hasn’t caught on with more pizzerias I simply do not understand. It jazzes up a traditional marinara slice with a slightly creamy and much to my delight, sliiiiightly spicy vodka sauce that just brings pizza to a whole new level. Whenever I’ve dragged people down to San Gennaro to try it they’re always a little skeptical that a seemingly “normal” slice of pizza could be so good. And I’m proud to report that I (along with the help of the pizza, of course) always prove them wrong.

Leave now, please, and get yourself a delicious slice of vodka pizza at Pomodoro’s. Now, if I can only figure out where I get that outstanding manicotti…

The Basics
Name: Pomodoro Pizzeria
Location: 51 Spring Street
Who to take: Yourself, me, friends, coworkers, family, non-believers
Price: I honestly don’t remember what I pay because I’m always so excited to get the pizza…I’m noticing a pattern that I black-out when presented with amazing food. Is this a problem?
Overall: Well, if you got to the last line of this review, then I think you know that this is 5 stars, hands down.

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