New York City is famous around the world for its pizza, but when you think of classic NYC pizza a cajun style chain usually isn’t the first place that comes to mind. This isn’t the case with Two Boots, a unique lower east side pizzeria that’s as New York as anything, born and raised in this city it quickly expanded due to its original recipes and pop culture vibe.
The chain opened its first location on Avenue A in the East Village back in 1987 and it soon became apparent that the original restaurant wasn’t big enough to handle all the demand for their original recipe cornmeal crust pizza, and had to expand. Founded by Doris Kornish and Phil Hartman, indie filmmakers with a passion for pop culture and cajun food, the name referencing the shapes of Italy and Louisiana.
The pizzeria quickly spread throughout the city and even beyond with their one of a kind mix of spicy Cajun and hearty Italian take on classic NYC pizza. But it’s not just the food but the atmosphere of the place that pulls you in, especially the clever, pop culture reference names for each of their different pizzas.
You have “The Dude”, a cajun bacon cheeseburger pizza named after the star of The Big Lebowski, or the “Mr. Pink” from Tarantino’s first film, a creole chicken and garlic slice, or even “The Newman” based on the iconic Seinfeld character, a white pie with sopressata and sweet italian sausage, just to name a few. There are countless unique flavors based on famous pop stars to choose from, each as distinctive as the icons they represent.
If you’re looking for a unique, Louisiana style cajun twist on real, authentic New York City pizza look no further than Two Boots, one of this city’s many gems that exemplifies its cultural and culinary diversity.