L at Third Ave.
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Canal St. to 23rd St., First Ave. to West Side Hwy.
This venue is closed.
Due Amici falls into the category of New York’s dependable slice joints. Crust that’s pounded thin by hand stands up to its toppings. While the selection varies by the hour, the BBQ Chicken slice is a surprise winner. Calzones are especially satisfying: The generous ratio of ricotta and mozzarella to crisped dough results in bites that are creamy, springy, and chewy-delicious. Panini, made to order rather than waiting on display, similarly benefit from the parlor’s tendency to overstuff. The stove, tucked in the back and probably rarely used, produces soft, overcooked pasta with too much sauce, so stick to the oven offerings. With only five tables, the place is small, and sand-colored tiles make up one wall while pictures from a local artist hang for sale on another. There’s a small hint of Italy amid the New York vibe when the kitchen’s Italian banter punctuates the restaurant’s soundtrack, provided by a small radio tuning into local stations.Recommended Dishes
Baked calzone, $5; BBQ chicken slice, $4