Taste nostalgia at Leon Gessi New York Pizza 

click to enlarge MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
It’s been four years since we were last by the four-decade-strong Leon Gessi New York Pizza. I’m reminded why we like it: nostalgia. It reminds me of a pizza parlor my family frequented when I was a kid. Places like this dot cities of every size, bolstered by generations of loyal clientele. Even the thin New York Style pie’s similar to back home. Which is to say it’s totally serviceable, if unremarkable compared to the plethora of gourmet pie spots around. Imperfections show in unevenly cooked crust — blond chewier edges here, blistered-black and crunchier there — and the underlying dough’s pretty dense and tough on our meatball classic ($19.99/16-inch; $2 off on a Saturday special) we get to-go. Between the meatball coins and ample cheese, grease puddles and shines atop, and though there’s a little black pepperiness, the meat doesn’t exactly sing with seasoning, nor does the tomato sauce. Still, red chile flakes and grated Parmesan gift spice and a hint of zest. We’re satiated, and the kids we feed seem elated enough.
Location Details Leon Gessi New York Pizza
1806 Palmer Park Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO


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