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140 W. 13th St., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Sixth Ave.
Do not miss this restaurant!
By surfnut212 on 1/24/2003
Gonzo has some amazing dishes- the famous thin grilled pizza, the incredible steak that is black on the outside and rare in the center, but there are also many wonderful side dishes so that you can build your own tasting menu. Even something so simple as broccoli and cauliflower placed in Chef Scotto's broiler becomes transformed and caramelized into a whole new experience. We have gone three times and created a different menu each time. The room can get loud at rush hour, but the food is always wonderful! Try to save some room for the mouth watering desserts.
By CMH246 on 6/29/2009
Gonzo is my Uncle, Aunt, Great Uncle, and Great Aunts resturant! They were great people! The only personm left in the family is Donna. (My Aunt Donna.) She is trying her hardest to keep the place running. Her brother Vincent was the head chef and manager. So she has to run the place and she is just trying so hard for it not to out of buiseness!
O.K., let's talk pizza
By spinario on 8/18/2004
It's depressing to read the reviewers' opinions on Gonzo's pizza. I love it: the crust is fabulously crisp and flavorful, the toppings perfectly harmonious. But that's not the point. Take note: there is more than one way to make great pizza. Between the real Pizzeria Uno (not the dreadful franchises) in Chicago, which is deep and meaty, and the Gonzo variety, which is a perfect hors d'oeuvre, there is room for a great deal of variety. If you can't love both, you don't count (in my book, anyway) as a real pizza lover. Not to mention that there are marvelous things at Gonzo besides pizza. For instance: great mac and cheese, astonishing calves' liver, glorious crisp chicken. Debit side: the noise. There should be a category for decibel level; if there were, Gonzo would rank woefully high.
Ambiable employees, tasty food that arrived fast
By kangell50 on 2/28/2003
We ordered 3 pizza's and enjoyed them all, though the best was with egg plant. We weren't impressed with the decor in the front room. It just didn't work, though it was more intimate than the back room. The back room looked like the tried to hard, had the whole "let's visit Tuscany" look.
Too salty for my taste
By mezzanine2 on 2/26/2004
In the basement of a set of brownstones lies Gonzo. A small space with little maneuvering room although a well stocked bar. The food was a bit pricey for the quality. The pate crostini was overly salty as was the short rib entree which ruined the underlying flavors of both. The wine list was extensive with a good choice of grappas. After having been disappointed by the food dessert was not an option. The service was mediocre at best with constant reminders required for refills of drinks. The decor was reminescent of an upscale cafeteria without any of the charm or nostalgia for high school lunch.
excellent neighborhood italian restaurant
By dtulsa on 4/1/2003
good food, great pizzas, interesting menu, crappy decor, loud, weird vibe (feels cold). you need 3-4 people so you can share because you'll want a pizza and some apps. great on a weeknight; although crowded (make a reservation) not the right vibe for the weekend.
Not suitable for a muppet...
By restaurantboy on 12/23/2003
Wine served in glass tumbler-like glasses? A 36 ounce steak available for 2-3 people but no steak for one person? Smoke filling the entire restaurant? Loud back room? Poor service at the bar? What other reasons would you need to keep you from going to Gonzo? The chick pea and sundried tomato spread is great...The grilled onion salad is just that...A bunch of grilled onions and too much cheese. The pork tenderloin was bland and covered with tasteless spices that just stuck in your teeth. The holiday decorations are a nice touch.
is this a joke?
By francat on 3/11/2003
The only good thing here are the pizzas and they are not great just good! the rest is sooooo disappointing the place is cold and the menu is full of mistakes. It is not Italian at all. It is one more ok place in NY but NY has many.
By newyorker on 6/12/2003
Shockingly bad. They don't use mozzarella on their pizza, and as a result, it really suffers. The crust is interesting, but I have no idea why people are so excited about this place. Go to Grimaldi's in Brooklyn if you actually want to eat good pizza.
Beware the Anchovies
By theNixter on 3/14/2003
My friends and I went to celebrate a birthday and were having a great time until the pizzas came and after taking one bite of hers, my friend asked our waiter if there were anchovies on her pizza since she was deathly allergic to them. The waiter had such a condecending attitude about the whole thing as he recounted the ingredients in that particular pizza. We had to specifically ask him to double check with the chef as he did not offer to do so. It turns out there were anchovies in it and when my friend suggested that they should change that on the menu since it is a common allergy, instead of apologizing, the waiter told my friend that if she has an allergy to something that she should have told him. Needless to say we are never going back there again.
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