LOCATION: Arturo's Pizzeria (Thompson and Houston, NYC)
GUEST(S): Rachael Mason, Ben Hauck
ORDER: 1 slice of sausage and peppers
PIZZA REPORT: Superb! Arturo's pizza is made just the way I prefer it. The coal fired crust is thick and sturdy yet soft when served. The cheese, though not fresh mozzarella, is not overused and floats amongst a sea of tomato sauce. Furthermore, the toppings (sausage and peppers in my case) are cooked by themselves and distributed evenly throughout the whole pie. If your taste buds are anything like mine, go to Arturo's...and never leave.
ATMOSPHERE: Art is the perfect prefix for "Arturo's". Sure, it's the guys name that established the joint in 1957 but he's also an artist. The interior of Arturo's is his gallery. It's almost like he is aware he has mastered pizza and is moving on. Meanwhile, live jazz echos through the store. It could be the jazz, the food, the wait staff, or a combination of all three but something sets the mood of the room to "good time" and keeps it there until you leave. Come here with a date and make an evening of it.
VERDICT: 5 out of 5
MISC.: Rachael Mason and Ben Hauck and I talked briefly about the pizza before I ran off to darts. I wonder where the conversation went from there after I left.