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“Best pizza in Auckland. Hands down.”

Sal's Authentic New York Pizza
Ranked #100 of 2,414 Restaurants in Auckland Central
Price range: $4 - $26
Cuisines: Pizza
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Takeout
Description: We've had the good fortune of being made privy to a legendary pizzamaker's secret family recipe and have spent years perfecting Salvatore Leo's well guarded pizza making techniques. We are proud to serve you AUTHENTIC New York Pizza...
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Reviewed January 1, 2011

This pizza would hold it's own in new York city. For a traveling or homesick American, this is the place to go. Kiwi pizza is often big on exotic ingredients but neglects basic sauce, cheese and bread of any quality. Sals gets it right.

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Reviewed November 14, 2010

I work within 5 mins walk of Sals, so have been here many times, despite this, I have never had the occasion to sit down, its a small place with 4 booths? maybe 6 cant visualise it my head , but something like that. The problem of course with a booth setup is that 1 person or 4, the booth is full. So go with the expectation this will be a takeaway meal. Its in a side street, not particularly near anything , not that far from everything. But if your looking for it, take a map and sharp pair of eyes, I was on the other side of the street and walked straight past it the first time.

The Sals food is pretty standard american/new york style pizza, 4 or so flavours, cheese, vege , pepperoni , meat lovers I think, sold by the slice or the pizza, there are a couple of other garlic bread things but thats about it. The pizza is pretty tasty, nothing wrong with it, I have had better, but I have had a lot lot worse, its pretty different to the standard 2 options you get in NZ - Pizza Hut / Dominos or Woodfired gourmet - its neither of these which I think is why its popular.

Overall a fine place, I wouldn't drive out of my way to go there unless for some reason you really wanted New York pizza while in Auckland?. How on trip advisor its the number 2 restaurant in Auckland i have no idea, I can only imagine is by number of reviews, its not # 2 its not even close, maybe not even in the top 100 - but for what it is, its a fine pizza place.

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Reviewed October 25, 2010

The pizza is great at Sal's, it is the closest to New York Pizza we have in Auckland. I have had NYC pizza many times and can safely say Sal's is authentic and tastes great. It maybe a little greasy, but thats how new yorkers love it. The pepperoni pizza is the best of the four varieties they offer. The price is more expensive when comparing to other Auckland pizza shops (Pizza hut, and dominoes) however these are true 18" pizzas and are made with quality ingredients. The all you can eat deal is amazingly good value! It currently runs on Sundays from 12-2.30pm and costs $9 for as much pizza (including garlic knots and pepperoni wheels) as you want.

The shops are located well for inner-city dwellers that don't have to find car parking, but if you are driving in you may need to walk a few blocks from your car. Each shop is quite compact, but there are booths to sit at and eat the pizza. The staff are helpful, but on some occasions i've been the line to order has been quite long and they do get busy. Its all worth the wait though.

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Reviewed October 4, 2010

A little difficult to find, but worth it. Stand up, or some booths. So, if you really hunder for a good pizza, go for this!

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Reviewed September 22, 2010

We usually order Dominos but wanted to try Sal's after all the good reviews. Was a cold night, the doors were open, and there are only 4 booths so you have to be quick to grab a seat. Had a long wait to order and when we did and paid they said would take 35 minutes which seemed a long time. Got the pizza around 20 minutes and was worthwhile - very tasty, great base. Do I prefer the pizzas at SPQR? I think so. Did I think $27 for a pizza was ok? Hmmmm - jury's still out. Will have to go again and see.

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