113 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013
Open: Sunday-Saturday 12:00pm-12:00am
My review on TripAdvisor:
There have been many changes in the Little Italy section of Manhattan and I have been watching slowly disappear over the last ten years. When I was growing up, Little Italy went from Mott Street to Center Street and then from Houston Street to the north and just below Canal Street to the south. Chinatown in the 1970’s was pretty much relegated to Mott Street and the side streets below Canal Street. Then the 1980’s came with the explosion of immigration from all parts of China and then Hong Kong after the Chinese take over of the City in 1997.
Meanwhile most of the people in Little Italy started to move out by the mid to late 1980’s as the second and third generation of Italians went to college and moved to the suburbs. What has once been a forty block neighborhood had dwindled to a eight block neighborhood by the 1990’s and now it is about four blocks and still dwindling. The more ‘hipster’ NoLiTa (North of Little Italy) has become the neighborhood and the traditional Little Italy is down to about a dozen restaurants, dessert shops and tourist gift shops.
Still here and there new Italian restaurants have opened to replace the older more traditional ones. This is how I discovered Manero’s Pizza at 113 Mulberry Street a few doors down from the Canal Street border with Chinatown. Manero’s sells their pizza by the slice which is one of the few places in the immediate neighborhood that sells it this way. The pizza is just excellent.
I have been to Manero’s many times and the food is always consistent and delicious. On the first trip I made to Manero’s, it was for a late night snack and you could still eat inside at the counter inside the restaurant.
The inside of Manero’s Pizzeria at 113 Mulberry Street
The pizza here is just amazing. The slices are light and crisp on the bottom and in the crust and the tomato sauce that they make for their pies is well spiced and flavorful. You can really taste the fresh tomato in every bite. The combination of the fresh Roma tomatoes, garlic and olive oil has such a complex flavor with the topping along with the fresh mozzarella each bite is so delicious.
The regular slice is the traditional with tomato sauce and grated high quality mozzarella cheese with fresh basil on top. This gooey, stringy delight is $3.00 a slice which is a little high but the quality of the pizza and the way it is made is well worth the price. You can taste the quality of the cheese and the flavor of the sauce in every bite.
The cheese pizza slices are delicious
The slices with the fresh mozzarella are just as good too at $3.00.
The cheese slice with fresh mozzarella and basil
On my most recent trip to Manero’s, I had a slice of Sicilian pizza ($4.00) for lunch. It was magnificent. The base of the pizza was light and crisp and was not the doughy variety that you get in most pizzerias. Each bite you can hear the crunch of each bite.
The Sicilian slice is light and crunchy
The best part of Manero’s is that as the weather has gotten warmer, you can eat outside the restaurant on the tables on the sidewalk on Mulberry Street. It is just nice to be able to eat there and on a warm afternoon just relax and people watch. The service at Manero’s is so friendly and welcoming. The pizza maker there is always so happy when his customers are happy.
The pizza is a bit more pricey than some of the Dollar slice places I have featured but the quality for the price is so much more for the dining experience.
Make a special trip here when visiting Little Italy in Manhattan.