Day 20, 2007: Una Pizza Napoletana (E. Village, NYC)
LOCATION: Una Pizza Napoletana (12th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue, NYC)
GUEST(S): Garrett Palm, Robin Rothman
ORDER: 4 slices of Marinara, 1 slice of Margherita, 1 slice of a Filetti
PIZZA REPORT: Every bite at Una Pizza Napoletana should be savored, and not just because it costs $21 a pie. Anthony Mangieri, the well tattooed chef and owner of Una Pizza Napoletana, has mastered at least three of the four different types of pies he offers and I have heard good things about the fourth. I strongly recommend this place for any pizza aficionado. I think Mangieri's crust, which is golden brown on top and wood-charred below with a chewy center, is the best in the city. It's numera "Una".
ATMOSPHERE: Bring cash, and plenty of it. Also, arrive early because you are likely to be waiting in line outside and beware, the doors shut when the dough runs out. Despite the wait, this is a great date place. Una Pizza Napoletana offers a nice mix of non-intrusive music, the subtle smell of burnt wood, soft lighting, and a helpful and friendly wait staff to ensure a nice dining experience. Anthony Mangieri, the owner, himself even stopped by to find out how we liked the pizza. It was delicious, even for $21 a pie (tax and tip and drink not included)!
VERDICT: 4 out of 5
MISC:1. Afterward, Robin Rothman and Garret Palm and I went to Veselka to do the post pizza analysis and eat milk shakes. The milk shake was good but the freakin gigantic sign behind me doing the pizza review is so distracting! 2. Also, in the video clip, we all do our rendition of the chorus to "Sad Eyes" by Bruce Springsteen. They have a lot more musical training than I...apparently.