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The Crust Chronicles: Why Neapolitan and New York-Style Pizzas Tell a Different Story at Bosino

At Bosino, located in the cultural hub of 201 West 103rd Street, New York, NY, we understand that the essence of pizza is as much about the crust as it is about the rich tapestry of toppings and cheese that adorns it. With this in mind, it's interesting to delve into the nuanced differences between two of the most iconic styles of pizza crust—Neapolitan and New York-Style. These two styles serve as culinary artifacts that reflect their respective origins and the lives of the people who created them.

The Neapolitan pizza captures the Italian essence of 'less is more'. Originating from Naples, Italy, the dough is a delicate dance between type 00 flour, water, salt, and yeast. When this dough is slid into a wood-fired oven that's roaring at unfathomable temperatures, the result is a crust that is soft, chewy, and slightly charred in less than 90 seconds. The toppings usually comprise a simple yet flavorful layer of San Marzano tomatoes, a smattering of fresh buffalo mozzarella, and a sprinkle of fresh basil. It's small, approximately 12 inches in diameter, designed to be a single serving that captures your full attention.

New York-Style pizza, on the other hand, embodies the essence of the city it calls home: big, bold, and unapologetically practical. The dough is a sturdy combination of bread flour, oil, and sugar besides the standard water, salt, and yeast. This makes it thin but flexible, with a crisp outer layer that's ready to support a diverse variety of toppings, from pepperoni and sausage to mushrooms and bell peppers. Deck ovens give it a different, less smoky flavor than its Neapolitan cousin, but its crunchy and chewy texture is perfect for the New Yorker on the move. Served in wide, foldable slices, this pizza is often seen as a quick meal that can be enjoyed while walking, talking, or even multitasking.

What makes Bosino special is our ability to honor both these beautiful styles of pizza. Each pie we serve is a nod to the rich histories and culinary philosophies that these crusts represent. Whether you're a Neapolitan purist or a New York-Style enthusiast, Bosino is a culinary junction where these two worlds collide, giving you the luxury of choice.

The next time you're in the Upper West Side, whether you're catching a show at the Beacon Theatre or exploring the American Museum of Natural History, cap off your day with a slice or a pie from Bosino. Call us at 646-755-8770 or visit our website at to make a reservation or place an order.

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