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

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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

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Williamsburg Pizza

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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

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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

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

The Pizza-Rat Taste-Test