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140 W. 13th St., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Sixth Ave.
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.
The worst meal I've had in years!
By lslaiman on 6/18/2004
Gonzo is rip off! The entrees priced $22-$28 come with no sides. You have to order your sides separately and they start at $7. They offer balsamic vinegar drizzled over your food but it costs $4! For those prices you could eat a Il Mulino. We ordered the grilled onion salad for $11, it was just 7 pieces of grilled onion stacked on the plate with 2 thinly sliced pieces of cheese. The pizza and pasta were nothing special and certainly not worth $15 and $18 respectively. The decor is boring and dreary. The service and kitchen were slow. Clearly, they just want to make as much money as they can off their guests. It's a wonder how they think no one will pick up on their expensive gimmicks. The experience was simply awful. I would have rather given a homeless person $65 and been hungry all night.
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.
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.
Pizza...not the only thing great here
By Marchie2003 on 9/23/2003
Gonzo was a pleasure to eat in all around. The service was great and so was the food. A little noisy in the back, but it fits with the casual/laid back atmosphere. The pizza was to die for. Authentic Neapolitan style. Thin crust, fresh vegetables and cheese, and real tomato sauce. The Fruliun wine selection was impressive. The main courses were large and fairly in-expensive, but it is served a la carte. So with a few veggies on the side, it could add up. A great place for a date or group setting.
By abomb26 on 9/2/2003
When we arrived, our reservation was misplaced but the hostess made every effort to sit us quickly and was very apologetic, that was very nice (we are used to the "host wannabe actress snotty types"). We were a little disappointed in the bar (there isn't any) and we were on top of tables which is uncomfortable. The restaurant is small but with high ceilings make you feel as you are in a larger room. The service was great, the food was even better and the Chef walked the floor the entire Friday night to make sure his guests were being helped and happy. There were many folks just dropping by to have pizza for dinner (which we will def. do next itme). I have to say thought I was very disappointed in the woman manager it seemed because we were "accomodated" she kept rushing us at desswer time, kept coming over and saying are we ready with the check. I came really close to complaining but we had such a nice time overall I didn't let her ruin the restaurant. Overall, go here, order pizza, drink wine and have a good time.
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.
Great Spot - Pizza, etc
By Ali on 5/15/2003
Wonderful food (pizza outstanding)but the noise factor can be a problem. Service was good. Cant wait to go back. Onion Salad fab.
Major Pizza Fuss, So-So Results
By colpo on 4/23/2003
Not your typical pizza place. This is a full-blown mid-end NY Italian restaurant that does the pizza thing. Be prepared to drop $100 for apps, mains and wine at dinner, although lunch comes in cheaper. The pizza is overly thin and crackly - it missed the chewiness component that I at least look for. Toppings are fine, but I'd return for anything other than the pizza next time. Nice place, good restaurant-quality service.
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