I started working near Columbus Circle recently. It feels very “New York”, and has been an oddly refreshing re-introduction to NYC life. I’ve had a lot of fun exploring uncharted territory and developed a great routine where I take my subway uptown, order my Cinnamon Dulce Latte from Starbucks and then I take a couple laps around the block before arriving at my desk. The problem with all this new uncharted territory? I discover “all the things.” This discovery requires money.
One day after work my Mom and I decided to meet for dinner while waiting for our chauffeur to arrive. While she is third generation Italian-American, she doesn’t stray far from her “native cuisine”. I tried to tempt her with a French place nearby and she wouldn’t have it. We finally decided to come to PizzArte located at 69 West 55th Street NY, NY 10019. After entering I decided it was fine for what it was, a tiny, modern, clean, pizza-resto-bar with a lovely open kitchen and a view of the brick oven. The only weird part about this little Italian eatery was… There were no Italians. The entire joint seemed to be run by an Eastern European clan, their website claiming differently. Lies!
The Food: (What you’re here for)
I decided to keep it light with the “Insalarte,” a dish with tomato carpaccio, burrata cheese, garnished with fresh basil and an olive oil dressing. Besides the unique shape of my burrata, (butt-tata) the dish could not be messed up. (Tomatoes and cheese, tomatoes and cheese, tomatoes and cheese!)
The Diavola Pizza: San Marzano tomatoes, spicy salame, mozzarella and basil
Even though our Slovak waitress/bartender was just about as “Italian” as my mom, she was pleasant and made sure we had what we needed. Reading somewhere that they had gluten free pizza, I was shocked by the pleasurable flavor. I slowly sank my teeth into the pillowy chewy crust which folded around the oooey gooey cheese and sizzling tomato sauce. It wasn’t gluten free even though they happen to offer it. That explained why it was so good. Perhaps next time I’m feeling really daring I’ll go gluten-free?
The Quattro Formaggi: Gorgonzola cheese, caciocavallo, smoked buffalo mozzarella and parmigiano
This pizza might not look like much to write home to mama about, but its four cheeses were amazing lathered in spicy olive oil and topped off with some fresh cracked black pepper. PizzArte is great for an after-work cocktail and and nosh. For a quieter experience, I suggest sitting in the upstairs dining room as the bottom is quite narrow with not-so-amazing acoustics. One should be okay with sitting at the bar since there are limited tables on ground level. You are definitely not meant to camp out here.
Apps range from $15-20 dollars, Pizzas range from $17-20 dollars and Mains vary from $16-32.00. I’d say the drinks were average prices for Mid-Town Manhattan. It’s definitely not a spot for bargain hunters, but a solid stop for tasty and quick Italian-fare.
More Info. is available at www.pizzarteny.com
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