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349 E. 12th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. First Ave.
Best pizza I've ever had
By robotron on 6/1/2005
A nice place with the best pizza I've ever tasted. It's more than I'd normally spend but I think it's worth it.
By blahblahblahblah on 3/8/2009
the pizza more authentic than anything i ever ate in italy. the service is not five star but with pizza that good it doesnt matter
For People In the Know...
By ray10002 on 7/26/2008
I lived in Italy 6 years obsessively seeking true to the original regional cuisine. If you want a Neopolitan pizza, soft spongy slightly burnt crust in a setting that recalls equally simple places in Naples, then come here. If you want the realness without spending the airfare, then this is it! It is different from what is considered "real" brick oven crispy thin pizza that has invaded our pizza establishments, which is also the dominant type in Italy. So, naturally, those accustomed to the crowd-pleasing texture of a crunchy pizza and equates it with being the best, may or may not understand it. So, my suggestion for those who want to try and not be disappointed by the ultra-simplistic aesthetic (can be transcendental for some or bland for others) of a margarita pizza, is to try instead the filetti pizza - more of a crowd pleaser with its usage of garlic & fresh cherry tomatoes. No lines and better service during off times Also worth mentioning is La Pizza Fresca, certified by Associazione Vera Napoletana (the "pizza police" from Naples) - more different types and good alternative intro, done a bit differently, less real? You be the judge. Buon appetito!
not for americans ?
By marcello on 4/21/2007
absolutely not the best service in town and overpriced maybe, but as far as pizza is concerned, this is what a pizza napoletana should be. if you are looking for a patsy's, lombardi's or grimaldi's pie (excellent, but different), this is not the place. i am from naples, born and raised; a lot of small pizzeria in italy looks like this and the traditional pizza napoletana is not supposed to be thin and crusty as in other italian regions. if you don't understand it, please help the ones who really love it to shorten the wait.
A lot of misinformation here...
By stormholloway on 10/3/2008
Look, I've been to Naples. I've eaten at all of the great pizzerias in New York and several in Napoli itself, including Da Michele, Di Matteo, and Sorbillo, considered the finest in the world. People saying this isn't pizza or isn't what Neapolitan pizza is like are talking from their you-know-whats and are clueless about pizza, period. Una Pizza Napoletana makes the finest pizza in NYC and probably in the country. Neapolitan pies are supposed to be slightly thick around the edges and medium-thin inward. This isn't debatable. It's in Italy's official DOC code for pizza. Downsides to this place? There are plenty, and they are huge. Rude service, high prices, and stupid hours. At Da Michele, the finest pizza in the world, a pie costs 3 euros, 4 if you want a large. They are nice and can turn tables very quickly. At Una, a pie takes way longer than it should to come out. These people are terrible at service, and they are complete snobs which is very unNapoletano, but the pizza cannot, repeat, cannot be questioned. Grimaldi's is a far better value however.
What a disappointment
By charlesbrathwaite on 12/11/2006
Listen, I love pizza and I know good pizza and this place has good pizza. BUT, there is something utterly disingenuous about this place, something false. Again, the food is tasty yes, but charging $25 per small individual sized pizza is ridiculous. It would be one thing if the room was amazing and evocative of the many southern Italian rustic wonders you can find when over there, and if the service was gracious, but especially in light of what seems to be the very little effort these guys put in - the wait, the cost, the likelihood that they will not be open, or not have the wine you want Â– this creates a feeling of being cheated, one that is absolutely not rectified by the pizza.
By dt917 on 4/17/2005
If you're into waiting 40 minutes in line then another 45 for your $17-per-person pizza, served with a side of attitude like you should be *honored* to eat here, then this is the place for you. Expect a wait even if you're the only people in here. Excellent pizza, but no way worth $50+ for two (incl. 1 drink each). Waitstaff is rude and incompetent and management is unprofessional when you call them on it.
overpriced, rude service
By ltif on 3/19/2005
The pizza is overpriced, the service extremeley slow and rude. Pizza from Naples is supposed to be thin and crusty. This one was thick and chewy. I expect much more for a $17 pizza! I'll never go back again. Try Otto instead, that's a good value!
By newyorker on 1/18/2005
Suffice it to say that I would go to basically any other pizza place in the City before I would ever go back here. The service is rude, the prices are outrageous and, after spending quite a sum, you're STILL hungry.
So much Hype
By HiLowBrow on 4/26/2010
After hearing so many rave reviews about the pizza, I went with a few friends. What a disappointment. The pizza had very little flavor both in the sauce and crust. We all had different pies and all of us were shocked at how poor the pies were, especially when considering the cost. I don't know what burnt-taste buds are eating here, but there are plenty of places in the surrounding area that offer a lot more. The staff (or owner) was pretty rude and arrogant. I understand the whole kitsch factor with characters like "the soup nazi"... but have something to back it up with.
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