Shockingly, New York City has been without a great spot for deep-dish pizza until the recent opening of Emmett’s. Zagat editor Maureen Giannone visited this West Village newcomer and filed this report.
To most, New York is the land of great pizza, but with all varieties and topping there still was a void in the market: a spot that was doing deep dish right.
Now one Chicagoan-turned-New Yorker did just that. Emmett’s is bringing in crowds night after night in South Village.
"I've never thought of this place as a pizzeria," said owner Emmett Burke, "I've thought of it as a neighborhood restaurant that happens to serve deep-dish pizza. I just thought it was crazy that New York, being the pizza capital of the United States or maybe the world, that doesn’t have this deep-dish pizza."
Toppings range from sausage and peppers to pepperoni, surely making this typical late night bite, a full meal.
The restaurant places timers on each table, a unique touch that serves a purpose.
"When the pizza comes out of the oven, there's so much cheese, and it's been cooking for so long that it’s so hot," said Burke, "that you want to give it time to settle. So at first we were bringing it out to the table and asking people to wait three minutes and it was, like, torture, so with this it's a little more interactive."
Diners are encouraged to eat this massive pie with a knife and a fork, something that would be a faux pas in many Big Apple pizzerias. But Emmett is willing to welcome all comers to his namesake.
“For all the New Yorkers, you can always pick it up and eat it like that,” he said.
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