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Joe's Pizza on Carmine Street: A Slice of New York's Soul

Picture this: You're wandering the street of Greenwich Village and a tantalizing aroma of freshly baked pizza wafts through the air. Following your nose, you find yourself at Joe's Pizza on Carmine Street. This isn't just another pizzeria in the Big Apple; this is a slice of NYC history, a bite into decades of tradition, and a testament to a family's love for the craft.

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Exterior of brick building that his home to Joe's Pizza on Carmine Street in Greenwich Village NYC. This is a closeup of the outdoor red and white sign that says Joe's Pizza.

Nestled in the heart of Greenwich Village since 1975, Joe's Pizza stands proudly as a beacon of authentic New York-style pizza. Founded by Joe Pozzuoli, an immigrant from Naples, Italy, this humble pizzeria started as a dream. Pozzuoli, with his roots deep in the pizza capital of the world, brought with him not just recipes, but also an ethos—a dedication to simplicity, authenticity, and quality.

What makes Joe's Pizza truly stand out in a city filled with pizzerias? It's the blend of crisp crusts, tangy tomato sauce, and perfectly melted cheese. But more than that, it's the spirit of community. Over the decades, Joe's Pizza has become a haven for locals, tourists, and celebrities. It's a place where stories are exchanged over slices.

"Some pizzerias will change hands through generations, or they'll be sold to other families, and that's when you lose sight on what it originally was. But with Joe's, Joe and his family have been running it since day one," says Scott Wiener of Scott's Pizza Tours. The Pozzuoli family's commitment to their craft is palpable. It's this dedication, passed down through generations, that has helped Joe's Pizza stand the test of time in an ever-evolving city.

Joe's Pizza has been frequented by numerous celebrities over the years, from the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio to Bill Murray, and the pizzeria's charm isn't just confined to Carmine Street. Joe's Pizza has made appearances in several films and TV shows, adding a touch of authentic NYC flavor to the world of entertainment.

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