Celeste

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80 Good

An Upper West Side destination for impeccable fritti and classic free-form pizzas out of the wood-fired oven.

502 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY, 10024

212-874-4559

http://celestenewyork.com

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The lowdown

Geodes form in small spaces. They often appear as ordinary rocks, yet, broken open, reveal true beauty. The neighborhood Italian restaurants that dot the Upper West Side — Bettolona, Pizzeria Sirenetta, Bella Luna, to name a few — are geodic in this regard, perhaps none more so than Celeste. For over ten years, the unfussy Neapolitan spot has been presided over by owner Carmine Mitroni, a man as incandescent as a chandelier. Anything that comes out of the fryer is golden: carciofi, fritto misto, ricotta balls. In a pizza-mad city, these pies rival anything eaten in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. And the tables, though hard to come by, turn often.

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DrinksBeer & Wine Only

Noise LevelCivilized