Mon-Fri, 8:30am-7:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm; Sun, closed
1, 2, 3 at Chambers St.; R at City Hall
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
State St. to Canal St., FDR Dr. and West Side Hwy.
Midday at this hole-in-the-wall pizza joint you’ll see a line of suited customers spilling out onto the sidewalk. Its proximity to nearby offices and City Hall is more of a draw than its filling, if not especially lip-smacking, slices. Don’t be shy about yelling out your order; you’ll be left behind if you dither. And watch what’s going in the box, or you’ll end up with someone else’s lunch. One benefit of the lunchtime crush is that a fresh pie comes out of the oven every minute, so the plain cheese slices are hot, even if the ingredients aren’t stellar. The Sicilian slice, short on Parmesan and long on sugar, tastes vaguely like a doughnut. Take advantage of the fresh toppings; they carry the slices. The primavera specialty slice is a safe bet: Loaded on it are peppers, red onions, broccoli, fresh tomatoes, and loads of garlic. Chunky Chicago-style pizzas are winning here. Crusts are crunchy and golden-brown and cheese is molten. Calzones average B minus, with fresh fillings of cheese, spinach, ham, sausage, or chicken. Glaring fluorescent lights illuminate the seating area in the back, with 20 or so tables. It’s no place to linger, but eating out is always better than eating at your desk.Recommended Dishes
Primavera slice, $4.50