Joe’s vs. Rosella’s


Barbara Rucci

New York City may be home to the world’s best pizza, and we know that each part of the city serves it with its own unique spin. University students are guaranteed to find quality pizza in the Financial District, and luckily enough, there are some notable slices served within blocks of the University.

Rosella’s Pizza on William Street is well-known and loved among University students. Not only is it just steps away from 33 Beekman, but they also accept Flex dollars. Rosella’s is popular for its sweet-tasting sauce and pasta slices. The service is quick for the students who are in a rush, but the restaurant also provides plenty of space to hang out and enjoy pizza with friends.

What University students may not be aware of is another pizza place that recently opened on Fulton Street in January: Joe’s Pizza. According to Eater New York, Sal Vitale, grandson of the founder of Joe’s Pizza, said, “We had a lot of people asking us to come down to FiDi.” Vitale also helps manage Joe’s Pizza and is familiar with its various locations.

The small but well-utilized space at 124 Fulton Street provides countertop service, similar to Rosella’s, with window seats and a few round tables in the center of the restaurant. They do not serve pasta pizza like Rosella’s, but their fresh mozzarella pizza, plain cheese slices, and Sicilian squares are popular picks among customers. University junior Gabby Boone says, “I love their supreme slice because it tastes like a proper New York pizza.” Joe’s Pizza in FiDi is open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday to Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

To get more feedback, we asked University students, “Which do you prefer: Joe’s or Rosellas?” University students replied to polls on Instagram and Twitter, where they were able to cast their votes. On Twitter, the results showed 50 percent for Joe’s and 50 percent for Rosella’s. However, on Instagram, the results came out to 20 votes for Joe’s and 14 votes for Rosella’s.

Joe’s Pizza is a popular spot to get pizza all throughout New York City. The independently-owned pizza business originated in Brooklyn, and they now serve their pies in neighborhoods such as Williamsburg, the West Village, and Park Slope.