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The New Pizza That Will Dominate Manhattan

In an exclusive first look at their new Manhattan restaurant, the Pizza Loves Emily team introduces us to their newest arrival.
The superb new Grandma-style pie at Pizza Loves Emily in Manhattan.
Photographer: Zack DeZon/Bloomberg

New York is a pizza town. Whether old or new school, thin crusted discs or poufy squares, the slice maintains rock star status to its devoted groupies. Matthew Hyland is currently the rising star of the city’s pizza world, having achieved fame first with his brilliant renditions of Neapolitan pies at Clinton Hill’s Pizza Loves Emily and later for paying homage to the thick chewy Detroit-style pie at Emmy Squared in Williamsburg. When he announced, along with his wife Emily, that they were coming to Manhattan and bringing a new style of pizza with them, it was huge news.

The Hylands aren’t moving into any old storefront; they’re taking over one of the most famed wood-burning ovens in the city, at the former Blue Ribbon Bakery on a picturesque corner of Greenwich Village. This is the beating heart of New York pizza territory, a stone’s throw away from such iconic spots as John’s, Joe’s, and Keste. Hyland has never made pies in an oven like the tremendous one in the new space before; it stretches back 18 feet and was originally used to bake loaves of bread. Depending on your sources, the oven dates back to the 1850s or was built as “recently” as 1906.