San Matteo Pizza and Espresso Bar

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76 Solid

Wood-fired pizza, calzones, and panuozzo, all topped off with an espresso bar.

1739 Second Ave., New York, NY, 10128


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The lowdown

This long, narrow spot is filled with the warmth of the wood-fired oven that bulges from the wall at the back. Perch yourself at the bar fashioned from old wine bottles and you can watch as the oven pumps out the pizzas, calzones, and panuozzo that make San Matteo so popular. The panuozzo, which can best be described as a cross between a pizza and a panino, is the standout. Soft pizza dough is folded over and filled with a choice of mozzarella, mortadella, and marinated eggplant, or the crowd-pleasing roasted pork. The imported prosciutto antipasti plates are generous, but the selection of six cheeses with truffle-infused honey could do with some other nibbles on the plate to balance the mounds of cheese. Finish with an espresso, of course.

What you need to know

Recommended DishesPanuozzo.

DrinksBeer & Wine Only

Noise LevelCivilized