Tough review for me. My wife and I got the Margherita Pizza. My wife said it was the best she's had, and she really likes Margherita. It's not my preferred pizza, so I thought it was good but not stellar. Prices aren't too awful for the quality. Server and staff is very nice and not too terribly long of a wait.
Inexcusable problems that make me feel like I couldn't fairly recommend it: cash only means I'm not only missing out on regular credit card benefits, but I also had to pay a fee to withdraw cash since I don't carry any on me. There is an ATM conveniently located inside which is nice, but I can't see a reason they can't take card. Additionally, no free drink refills on soda or tea. You have to either ration your drink or pay not a trivial amount for a refill. Also, I found the inner of options a little lacking.
All in all, the pizza ranges from okay to excellent for the price, but not really a good deal. No credit cards or refills hurts it a little more. I wouldn't say it's a rip-off but I can't deny that it's a tourist trap.
Travis hit it on a head in his review. I'll summarize. 50+ for thin crust pizza and a sangria with a little cheese on it. CASH ONLY. Tourist spot, bragging rights for first pizzeria. Flimsy plastic cups? seriously? I think the advancements to pizza technology and recipes are much better today then 1905. It's a historical throwback to what pizza was. For that I love it. Should be tried at least once in life. If you do come here do consider getting one of the toppings bundles to get the most for your money. Enjoy your stay. Live a little.
Great pizza with an authentic feel. Relatively upscale for pizza place however the pizzas Is worth it. This is a must see for those traveling through New York. Once you grab a bite you can walk across the street to rice to riches. All in all Lombardi's is great.
Pizza is just OK, price is way to high for what you receive! This place is CASH ONLY so keep that in mind. If you are looking to brag to your friends that you visited the first pizza joint in the US, then stop here. If you are looking for good pizza, then look elsewhere. Our bill was $50+ for a large 1 topping pizza and a single glass of sangria after tip. Way over priced! I could understand if this was an upscale restaurant and the service and accommodations were world class, but we were given plastic cups and paper plates. The cheese was the highlight of the pizza. There isn't much of it, but it is good.
Lombardi's is very high quality pizza with only a few things that could use improvement. Three problems:
1)The cheese is a thin and sporadic, I get that this is the old Italian way of making pizza, but I suspect that limited cheese was to keep cost down, at 16.50 for a small pizza I don't thinking having a pie with plenty of cheese is too much to ask.
2)The sauce is good, but not great, it's sweet but not quite as complex in flavor as I normally enjoy.
Price - it is expensive. As I said 16.50 for a small pizza that realistically speaking 1 person can finish alone. I'd be more forgiving of this if the pizza was mind blowing as oppose to merely being very good.
However non of these things are deal breakers, it's still really tasty pizza and definitely worth getting. The service is really good also.
One note about the toppings, specifically the sweet Italian sausage, I'd recommend it, this is really good sausage and adds tremendously to the flavor, however the sausage is EXTREMELY salty make sure your prepared for that (ie if your going to be walking around the city all day choose another topping).