I Love NY vs. Gino’s
On Fourth Street between State and Congress, I Love New York and Gino’s duke it out for the title of Best Place to Get a Quick Slice of Pizza. Although they’re fairly evenly matched, I think I have to give the edge to I Love. Both places offer a big slice of cheese pizza for a dollar, but in my opinion I Love’s slice has a better crust and tastier cheese. The big advantage to I Love, though, is that (during the afternoons at least) they keep a cheese pizza on hand fresh out of the oven and can have your slice in front of you five seconds after you order it, whereas Gino’s needs to heat up slices as they’re ordered, adding a two or three minute delay. For instant gratification, I Love has got it hands down. I Love also has slightly more sophisticated pizzas than Gino’s: the spinach deep-dish is absolutely to die for, and the other vegetable pizzas are very respectable as well. Gino’s, though, has some stuffed pizzas, unlike I Love, and it stays open quite a bit later at night than I Love (although I’m not certain whether that’s just during the school year or all the time). It’s a close call, but overall, I think I Love has to take the crown.