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349 E. 12th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. First Ave.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Emperor's New Clothes
By nilex on 3/1/2007
Honestly - this is not the fantastic 'authentic Napoletana' pizza that some would claim. The ingredients may be authentic but the pizza should not be this bland and doughy. Add to this underwhelming experience the fact that the service is distracted at best. The prices are high - $21 for a 12'' - but don't let this fool you into thinking you are getting a quality product - the high price IS the product.
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.
dont' go dont go dont go
By jacfoti on 7/30/2007
I am italian born and raised. we went to this place since luzzo was too packed we went in 8 italian guys... we never been trated worse in our life. the pizza is made from people who never been to Italy. it is the totaly pricy (21 dollars for asmall one...) and in top of all I ve asked some olive oil, which for me it is like soy sauce for sushi, and the guy said NO! DO NOT THINK THIS IS AN ITALIAN GOOD PIZZA BECAUSE IT IS NOT. and in top of all the rudest people I ever met in NY. dont go. rude people and full of themselves dont deserve to be in the business. sincerely.
Not a pizza
By sgolpon on 4/11/2008
We had the most disgusting pizza ever at this place: salty, tasteless, partly burned base with more salty topping, including some rubbery mozarella. The whole thing (and whatever it is, this is not a pizza!) was drenched in oil! This is what baked bogey must taste like. We had to wait for more than an hour for the pizzas to arrive and the bill of $42 for two pizzas felt like daylight robbery! The staff was unprofessional when we complained.
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!
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