It’s pizza in New York but New York Pizza it may not be

23 Jul 2011

Pizza was definitely on my “must eat” list on my trip to New York. But oddly I don’t think I actually managed to eat anything that might be considered a genuine New York-style pizza. Regardless, I still enjoyed some mighty fine pizza from the likes of Nice Pizza, Motorino and some dodgy place that was still open at 3am.

Cremini & spicy sauage: mozzarella / garlic / thyme / pecorino

Cremini & spicy sauage: mozzarella / garlic / thyme / pecorino

Nice Pizza

Think Nice as in France, rather than nice rhymes with slice. We ended up at the neighbourhood eatery, Nice Pizza in Brooklyn after failing to visit a Filipino burger joint due to a big, fat “Closed” sign. Odd but true. This melting pot of cuisines really began to sum up New York for me. What, no Filipino burger? Why, how about a French pizza then?

After ordering they took forever to bring them out. Perhaps they focussed more on their takeaway customers? Regardless when they finally arrived, they were very good. The bases were thin, crisp and almost cracker-like. And the toppings were a flavoursome, cheesey heaven.

La Quatre Fromages: tomato, cantal, mozzarella, goat cheese, blue cheese

La Quatre Fromages: tomato, cantal, mozzarella, goat cheese, blue cheese

La Marguerite: tomato, cheese, oregano

La Marguerite: tomato, cheese, oregano

La Chevre: tomato, cheese, goat cheese, fresh tomato, caramelized onions, mushrooms

La Chevre: tomato, cheese, goat cheese, fresh tomato, caramelized onions, mushrooms

La Mozza - Prosciutto: tomato, cheese, prosciutto, fresh tomato, fresh mozzarella, oregano

La Mozza - Prosciutto: tomato, cheese, prosciutto, fresh tomato, fresh mozzarella, oregano

Actually I forget which pizza this one is... sorry

Actually I forget which pizza this one is... sorry

La Pissaladiere: caramelized onions pie with anchovies and black olives

La Pissaladiere: caramelized onions pie with anchovies and black olives

Nice Pizza
340 Franklin Avenue
Brooklyn
NY 11238-1403

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Motorino

Motorino came highly recommended to me so I was expecting great things Theirs was obviously a very high standard of pizza and toppings. Unfortunately they let the team down with some slightly sloppy cooking when we ended up with one slightly burnt cremini & spicy sauage pizza, which overpowered the flavour. But aside from this everything else was amazing so I’ll forgive them this one faux pas.

We visited the branch in East Village. The restaurant was surprisingly tiny, and we were crammed in with an entertaining view of chefs tossing pizza dough. Once baked (and not burnt), it produced a fabulous crisp yet chewy pizza base happily supported some seriously tasty toppings. I don’t normally enjoy calzones but I absolutely adored theirs, which was easily the best calzone I’d ever eaten with it’s beefy innards and tasty tomato sauce sidekick.

I couldn’t resist a starter and the octopus salad was zingy and flavourful with tender octopus and quite a chilli kick to it. And at the end I absolutely couldn’t say no to dessert, which came in the form of a simple but fabulous chocolate cake. Despite the one mishap, we really enjoyed this dinner.

Pork Slap! Nice name for a beer.

Pork Slap! Nice name for a beer.

Spicy Octopus & Potato: fingerling potato / celery  chili oil / capers / red onion

Spicy Octopus & Potato: fingerling potato / celery chili oil / capers / red onion

Tossing pizza dough

Tossing pizza dough

Soppressata Piccante: mozzarella / spicy soppressata / garlic / oregano - sooooo good!

Soppressata Piccante: mozzarella / spicy soppressata / garlic / oregano - sooooo good!

Cremini & spicy sauage: mozzarella / garlic / thyme / pecorino

Cremini & spicy sauage: mozzarella / garlic / thyme / pecorino

Rocky's Calzone Circa 1955

Rocky's Calzone Circa 1955

Inside Rocky's Calzone Circa 1955

Inside Rocky's Calzone Circa 1955

Chocolate Cake. So wrong to have dessert... but so right!

Chocolate Cake. So wrong to have dessert... but so right!

Motorino East Village
349 East 12th Street
New York
NY 10003

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Dodgy 3am Pizza

And just for fun, here’s a dodgy late night pizza I picked up at around 3am after bar hopping. Could *this* be the closest thing to a genuine New York pizza on our whole trip? Despite looking like it was made from rubber, I must say I didn’t discriminate and still enjoyed it – especially when sprinkled with extra parmesan and chilli flakes!

3am post bar hopping pizza

3am post bar hopping pizza

 

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