New Pizzeria in Bleecker street

We can call it pizza neighborhood (Bleecker, Greenwich, sixth and seventh avenue) and now you will find a new pizza store “pizza roma”. More a take away than a restaurant where you can find pizza in Rome stile and few other dishes. It is better than all Americans pizza style (grimaldi, lombardi, patsy, Otto and more), but sure you will find better Margherita, bufala, marinara in other Manhattan spots (Keste, Olio pizza e piu’ ….).

If you want drink wine, I reccomend you to order a bottle (not expensive) instead of a glass (very expensive).

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Pizza is one of the millions Italian dishes specialties; Can you eat a real Italian Pizza outside the beautiful Mediterranean peninsula?

Before analyzing what you can find in this crazy “not American” island, you have to know that in Italy we have a several kind of pizza; a few types are such as:

  • Naples Pizza, “the original” with soft thick crust.
  • Roman Pizza, crusty and thin.
  • Pizza with buffalo mozzarella and Pizza with cow milk mozzarella.
  • Pizza with tomato sauce or with fresh cherry tomato or without tomato(usually in Italy called “Bianca”).
  • Etc …

You can put a lot of toppings on your pizza but the original one is the “Margherita” a Naples pizza with buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil, created in the 1889 as a gift for the Queen Margherita during her visit to Naples.

Now what you can find in New York:

Keste’ (Bleecker street) : Delicious Naples Pizza, the best in town.
Unfortunately a small spot and it doesn’t accept reservation, so you have
to plan a big line outside before tasting their good dishes.

Olio Pizza e Piu’ (Greenwich Ave) : Good Naples Pizza with good
ingredients; The restaurant cooks also a few pasta dishes and the cocktails
are terrific. The spot is nice and there is a space between tables (not
easy to find in Manhattan); you can also reserve your table.

Rossopomodoro (Eataly): In this crazy market store where there are too many
tourists, you will find a good Pizza, but the waiting line is 1 hours with
a poor service and no reservation are available.

Pizza Luzzo (First Avenue): Good Pizza (a mix between Naples Pizza and
Roman Pizza) but expensive.

Numero 28 (Second Avenue): Regular Roman Pizza, but not a very good service
and cash only.

Totale (St.Marks): Cheap Naples Pizza, it is more a take away store than a
restaurant but you can eat “margherita” with 5$.

Otto Pizzeria (the worst pizza in my life),Grimaldi, Patsy, John’s, Lombardi, Totonno’s and all others aren’t Italian pizzeria; the tomato sauce is like ketchup, cheese doesn’t taste cheese and the crust is like plastic bag.

Otto pizzeria not italian

Batali and Bastianich talk a lot of italian food, how to cook, how to eat but their idea of italian food is more American-Italian.

I betrayed my favorite pizzeria to try Otto a popular pizzeria owned by Batali/Bastianich. The advertise says “serving classic Italian pizzas…”, but nothing is true. The pizza’s pasta was like a piece of wood, the tomato was ketchup, and I don’t remember the bufala mozzarella taste because were only few pieces but for sure wasn’t real bufala.
Don’t call it Italian pizza when, if americans like this kind of food, no problem for me, but don’t try to sell it as real italian food.

Did Eataly find the right partner for the new market store in NY? I’m not sure, we will find out soon.