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La Pizza Fresca Ristorante

31 E. 20th St., New York, NY 10003 40.739038 -73.989364
nr. Broadway  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-598-0141 Send to Phone

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

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    9 out of 10

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Official Website

lapizzafresca.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, noon-3:30pm and 5:30pm-11pm; Sat-Sun, 5pm-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 23rd St.; N, R at 23rd St.

Prices

$14-$31

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Lunch
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

Most pizza places don't have an award-winning list of Italian wines that tops out at $2,000. Similarly, most oenophilic haunts don't offer certified-authentic Neapolitan pizza. La Pizza Fresca Ristorante, no ordinary pizzeria, does both. Exposed brick, low lighting, and framed wine ephemera—labels, corks, even crate tops—fill out the decor. And while the menu is a well-considered assortment, the talented Ligurian chef cooks numerous seafood dishes from his native region. Nearly half of the pasta dishes involve some form of frutti di mare: Vibrant, intensely flavored linguine comes with pesto and roasted shrimp; moist and mildly sweet roasted snapper, its skin crackly-crisp, arrives on a lusty bed of tomatoes, zucchini, capers, and olives. The pizza outshines everything else. The restaurant is one of only two pizzerias in New York (the other is Naples 45) to be certified by the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association, an Italian trade group that requires its members to combine Italian flour, fresh mozzarella, and San Marzano tomatoes with rigorous techniques. The result is a beautifully charred disk of chewy dough. The namesake pizza is judiciously topped with fruity sauce, tangy imported buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, salty black olives, and basil. The Margherita, the classic communion of dough, sauce, and cheese, elevates these humble ingredients to sublimity. Rare is the place that can satisfy both wine and pizza snobs while delighting those who are obsessed with neither, but La Pizza Fresca Ristorante pulls it off.

Recommended Dishes

La Pizza Fresca with fresh buffalo mozzarella, Italian cherry tomatoes, and black olives, $18

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