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271 Bleecker St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Morton St.
Good but very over-priced
By cb85 on 9/22/2011
The pizza here is good but over-priced. I did not find it soggy but the bread is soft (not crunchy) so I wouldn't order one with loads of toppings. The special fig white pizza was tasty. The service is so fast, our orders came out in less than 10 mins. They don't rush you out but the ambiance isn't great for lingering. Nothing special but just fine if you are in the area.
By secretstash500 on 7/11/2011
This is one of my favorite places. And you can get in and out in 20 minutes.
Soggy Beyond Words
By editorgirl73 on 1/14/2011
I would give more stars for the service (lightning fast) and the ability to get in quickly on a Friday night at 9, plus the offer of free pizza to folks waiting in the vestibule. But I can't stress enough how utterly abysmal the sausage-and-rapini pizza was. The crust was sodden, the broccoli rabe was actually overcooked to the point of being gray, and the sausage crumbles were tasteless. The smoked mozarella could only help so much. The prosciutto-and-arugula pizza's ingredients were fresh, but again the crust was far too soggy.
Keste gets everything right
By foodsnobo on 12/15/2010
Pizza review site, www.Pizzasnobo.com loved Keste Pizza. They gave it 7 out of 8 slices, so I had to try it for myself. PizzaSnobo was right. Keste means "this is it" and I agree! As a general rule, I like to trust the locals and with Keste, this is certainly the case. Straight out of Naples, Keste's pizza is what your parents meant when they came home from a trip to Italy and said that "pizza in Italy is not the same as in the United States." With its friendly, knowledgeable service, cozy atmosphere, great pizza and nice wine selection, Keste gets everything right. The margherita pies ($12) are delicious. From the milky, chewy cheese, generously spread throughout, to the soft, pungent crust that has a sourdough flavor, Keste serves some of the best pizza in the country. The hand-shaped crust has just the right amount of char and is a bit soupy in the center, which is common and even preferred by some when it comes to this style of pizza. The sauce is fresh and simple, though we wish it had a little more umph. Additionally, the specialty pies with ingredients like butternut squash and truffle spread make it worth coming back to Keste again and again. These Neapolitan pizzas are so good they should teach a professional level class on how to make them. And in fact they do! http://pizzasnobo.com
By miele18 on 7/28/2010
True the space may be small, and the wait long..but hey, have we forgotten that this is New York? The pizza on the other hand truly represents what Neapolitan pizza is all about. As for previous complaints regarding the crust and a soggy center, all that really can be said is you should have known what you signed up for - these are inherent attributes of pizza from Naples. Bottom line, of course there are plenty of other excellent pizza places throughout the city, but if you're looking for authentic Neapolitan pizza, definitely check this place out.
By yekcul on 6/11/2010
Right, three of us got take out. Not only was the guy who took out order rude, they messed up every order. They somehow forgot to put prosciutto on two of the sandwiches, so essentially we walked away with a $18 worth of grilled cheese. Keste should be called Kestno. Sincerely, disappointed.
raw dough, snobby cook and waiters, no substitutions or additions- stay away
By gruve on 4/26/2010
First of all , I like a thin pizza.,but the chef kneeds the dough towards the crust , making it so thick , that it never cooks at the high brick oven temp. ,so you are eating raw dough. The topings are OK but the quantity is poor. I asked for garlic and the waiter said there were no substitutions or additions, they don't have garlic. What kinda ITALIAN pizza restaurant is this? I was born and raised in the Village and I am Italian so I know my stuff . That was a major turn off. This is yuppie pizza and don't let the Italian accents fool you . Stay away. Go accross the street and get a real coal oven pie that has been there since the 20's ,worth the wait.
By mikedin on 2/5/2010
After reading your press, I stopped over there with a few co-workers for lunch today. The pies were very good, reminder me a bit of Lucali's in Carroll Gardens (but much smaller pies). The dough was very fresh, cheese too...high quality and fresh products altogether, which resulted in a tasty meal. The value killed it for me...It came out to $25 a person, which equates to more than $6 per tiny slice. I would not go back with my guy friends if I was looking to eat several slices and hang out. Lombardi's, John's, etc are far superior in that regard. I would go back with my girlfriend to relax, split a pie and have a glass of wine.... DiFara's is by far, still the best pizza I have ever had.
Authentic Naples Pizza
By sockster on 12/7/2009
Was there yesterday on a packed Sunday. Very tight seating and small tables. A tough place to put two 12" pies and vino. BUT, it was a slice out of Italy. Two great Italian waiters, a fantastic pizza margarita and a wonderful namesake pie, Keste, were all you could ask for. Perfectly done, with fresh, terrific toppings. House wine was good with the pie too. Don't miss this little slice out of Italy here in our great city!!
A good spot
By eje on 10/12/2009
We walked right in past the line and got a seat - this probably pissed off the people waiting outside but it made me feel pretty awesome. The pizza was good, it was soggy in the center and the crust was bready. It tasted a lot like the Laffa you get at Olympic Pita. The pizza is tough to eat without a knife and fork. We got a pizza del re and it was like the pizza equivalent of a cheesecake. Very rich. Tasty but meant to be eaten in moderation. The margherita pizza was delicious. The sauce was sweet and simple. The cheese perfectly melted. I wish it had more basil. I also wish it wasnt so soggy. The sauce was really good though. The crust was unique and definitely worth another try. Don't waste your money on their beer. It is not great and overpriced. Hit up the Blind Tiger right around the corner instead.
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