Archive for 06 April 2012

Pizza in the East Village

06 April 2012
Let the pizza be our canvas.

"Let the pizza be our canvas"


I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been hungry but thought that pizza wasn’t a good idea. From Saint Louis-style wafer-thin cracker crust to Chicago deep dish to the traditional thin crust cooked in a coal-fired oven, I love them all. One of my favorite stops for a great lunch is at the tiny East Village (12th St @ 1st Ave) outpost of Brooklyn’s Motorino. (note: Motorino’s Brooklyn outpost is currently closed due to building issues. They are looking for a new locati0n in the same neighborhood.) 

$12 gets you a salad of mixed greens and a pizza — wine not included — a fantastic deal in a place where lunch can easily set you back $75 (admittedly, you can get something cheaper at Papaya Dog up the street, but it’s not pizza, and those $1 slices you see around town are typically garbage).

My favorite pizza at Motorino right now is the Soppressata Piccante: a crispy outside, chewy inside crust topped with red sauce, fior di latte (a type of mozzarella), spicy soppressata, chili flakes, garlic, and herbs. Paired with a couple bistro glasses of Gragnano (a semi-sparkling red wine from Naples), it’s a perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon.

Soppressata Picante

Soppressata Picante