Ray's Pizza is a legendary
New York pizza
parlor. Got a rave review
in some fashionable magazine
in the '50s, and immediately became a huge hit
. Almost immediately, every second or third hole-in-the-wall pizza joint
that opened up became known as Ray's. I'd love to catalog 'em all someday, if I could get the city to subsidize
Most have variations on the name: "Famous Ray's," "Original Ray's," "Ray's Original Famous...." It goes on and on. About every tenth one has some newspaper clipping on the wall which states it is the original famous Ray's Pizza. I've been here ten years and have had at least a half-dozen singled out to me by hard-boiled natives as the original.