Sun-Thu, 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-11pm
R at 86th St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
100th St. to 69th St., Sixth Ave. to Shore Rd.
From the outside, Casa Calamari looks like just about every other pizza place in the city: neon signs, gaudy colors, a counter up front with a line of people waiting for take-out. But this restaurant's emphasis on seafood and fresh, quality ingredients like portobello mushrooms and prosciutto makes clear that it’s a cut above your average slice slinger. The sit-down area is unassuming, with standard-issue Formica tables and restaurant supply chairs, but the menu features a wide variety of raw bar seafood like lobster tails, chilled oysters, clams and mussels. For the most part, cooked seafood is deep-fried or baked. And while the usual toppings are available for traditional Neapolitan and Sicilian-style pizzas, specialty pies can be ordered with vodka sauce, smoked or soft mozzarella, and sun-dried tomatoes. As for the namesake fried calamari, it’s a golden, if somewhat greasy, delight.Recommended Dishes
Golden fried calamari, $9.75; focaccia di nonna pizza, $10.50-$18.50; shrimp fra diavolo, $12.50; portobello pasta, $9.50