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Al Forno Pizzeria

1484 Second Ave., New York, NY 10075 40.772152 -73.955859
nr. 77th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-249-5103 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
  • Price Range: $$

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Official Website

alfornopizzeria77.com

Hours

Sun-Thu, noon-10pm; Fri-Sat, noon-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 77th St.

Prices

$8.95-$16.95

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

67th St. to 86th St., FDR Dr. to Fifth Ave.

Profile

Among the restaurants packed cheek-by-jowl on the block, Al Forno has become the magnet for families. Though the space doesn’t obviously cater to children, the plastic-covered chairs and familiar food—mostly pizza and pasta—make it a good bet for kids as long as they’ve outgrown booster seats. The modest dining room is warmed by its copper-colored ceiling and the glow from the namesake brick oven in back. Pizza, cooked in this oven, is the strong suit. Starting with either a traditional pie with mozzarella, tomato sauce, and basil, or a white pie with a ricotta or mozzarella base, you can add any of a dozen toppings to your order. No pineapple or gravlax options here; roasted peppers are about as fancy as the toppings get. The crust is nicely balanced between crispy and chewy. The pastas have a similarly straight-ahead approach, with choices like lasagna, pasta Bolognese, and ravioli. They're generously sauced and a bit softer than al dente; those cooked with olive oil can be overly oily. Family portions are a bargain, as a dish to serve three, or comfortably, four, costs just a dollar or two more than two individual servings. Diners also often share the tiramisu, a G-rated version with sweet cream, spongy ladyfingers, and a maraschino cherry.

Recommended Dishes

Pizza, $13-$17

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