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Rosario's Pizza

173 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002 40.72148 -73.988542
at Stanton St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-777-9813 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
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Hours

Sun-Wed, 11am-3am; Thu, 11am-4am; Fri-Sat, 11am-5am

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.

Prices

$2.50-$8

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • BYOB
  • Classic NY
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • BYOB

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

Sal Bartolomeo, an upbeat showman in a cap and white apron, still clocks in long hours at the Lower East Side pizzeria his uncle Rosario opened in 1963, when Sal was a teen. The warm reception, late-night hours, and cheap slices spawned a cult following and an eventual fansite, rosariospizzanyc.com. Locals were enraged when, 35 years later, a Famous Ray’s took over the original East Houston location. Rosario’s reopened just south on a plum corner and has outlasted successive waves of gentrification while staying true to its no-frills roots. (Sal, however, moved out of the nabe years ago). The menu tops out at $8, with a specialty pie at $24. Cheese pies are greasy and serviceable. The knockout Sophia has a crisp thin crust that bear ruby-red tomato slices, fresh basil leaves, and homemade mozzarella. The rigatoni, which requires 20 minutes, turns out al dente and surprisingly tasty thanks to a sweet pulpy tomato sauce, pungent parmesan shavings, and a sprinkling of pepper. Pastas aside, you can be in and out in 10 minutes, but the steady traffic and communal tables, with green faux-marbleized countertops, encourage lingering.

Recommended Dishes

Sophia pizza, $3.75, rigatoni, $7

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