The Pizza-Rat Taste-Test: We Let Rodents Try 4 of New York’s Most Popular Slices

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In honor of 2015's  most prominent New Yorker "Pizza Rat," the rodent whose scuttle down a set of East Village subway stairs with a slice larger than his body has been viewed more than 8.5 million times on YouTubeNew York decided to settle, once and for all, the debate over what the best pizza in the city is. We ordered pies from four establishments, let them sit around the offices all day, then recruited a few discerning critics in a Chinatown park after dark. Watch out, Adam Platt.

Grimaldi’s

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An order of the famous original pie, with Italian sausage.

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Which just sat there. One rat sniffed around but …

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… left without trying anything. Total: 0 slices

Williamsburg Pizza

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A not-so-fresh order of pizza margherita.

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One rat nosed around the box for several minutes before finally diving in.

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But only one more slice disappeared: Reviews must not have been positive. Total: 2 slices

Motorino

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An order of prosciutto di Parma with fragrant oregano.

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This rat couldn’t grab a piece fast enough, and kept coming back for more.

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The slices went quickly — customers were swarming after all the positive word-of-whisker — but a few scraps were left. Total: 3.8 slices

WINNER: Lombardi’s

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The original pie — mozzarella, Romano — with pancetta.

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After an exploratory period, one rat took the first slice.

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Suddenly the cardboard was crowded with happy diners. Total: 8 slices

*A version of this article appears in the December 14, 2015 issue of New York Magazine