Sun-Thu, 11am-8pm; Fri, 11am-2pm; Sat, closed
E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.
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46th St. to 66th St., First Ave. to Broadway
Forcella chef and pizza master Giulio Adriani always felt it a pity when friends who kept kosher would ask what real Neopolitan pizza tasted like. "You don't know what you're missing," he would say, going on to describe the fluffy-yet-crunchy texture of the perfect pie crust. Along with Solo restaurant's Joey Allahan, Adriani spent a year developing the menu at Pizza da Solo, a takeout spot in the atrium of the Sony building, and Adriani claims that it's the first authentic Neopolitan kosher pizza in the world. It's not only the soft texture of the dough, which cooks to order for a minute and a half, but the flavor of the mozzarella, saltier than other kosher cheeses, that sets these slices apart. The meatless menu features seventeen pizzas and two salads. A standout is the picante; the housemade ricotta provides a creamy counterpoint to confited cherry tomatoes punctuated by a surprising jalapeño bite. Where to eat it? At night, the atrium, with its strange and cold seating, feels more like an alley filled with cats than a place to have dinner. The pizza will taste better at home.Recommended Dishes
Margherita pizza, $13; Piccante pizza, $18