LOCATION: Waldy's Wood Fired Pizza and Penne (6th Avenue and 27th Street)
GUEST(S): Beth Cartier, Dan Fairall, Charlie Whitcroft
ORDER: 3/4ths of a small Margherita
PIZZA REPORT: Touchdown. Waldy's different sized football shaped (elliptical spheroid) pizzas are delicious from beginning to end-zone! The combination of fresh mozzarella and shredded mozzarella with the cherry tomatoes and basil [I cut myself] on my Margherita was, in a word, "unique". There was no shortage of delicious tomato sauce yet the stiff wood fired crust held strong. Well played, Waldy's, well played.
ATMOSPHERE: Once you near this quaint pizza joint tucked in between a couple of banks in the shadow of the Empire State Building, the smell of the wood burning fire will bring you in. It's a pay-at-the-counter place to get high quality brick oven pizza. The dining area is small yet comfortable. There is a large flat panel television and interesting wall ornaments if you come alone and several tables if you come with guests. Behind the counter are several extremely helpful pizza cooks that welcome newcomers with patience and recommendations. Although the food is more expensive than a typical NY slice joint, it does not break the bank. A foot long, 6 inch wide ellipse (Waldy's small) is only $5. Try it out, if you're in the area. You know what? Try it out, even if you're not in the area.
VERDICT: 4 out of 5
MISC:1. There is a picture of a record album that looks like a butt. Charlie Whitcroft describes it as "artsy". 2. Dan Fairall explains how you should decide which size of pizza to order. 3. Beth Cartier likes cheese.