Thursday, October 31, 2013

Day 30, 2013: Rizzo's Fine Pizza (LES, NYC)

DAY 30: OCTOBER 30th, 2013

LOCATION: Rizzo's Fine Pizza (17 Clinton St, LES, NYC)

ORDER: 1.5 slice of cheese, 1 slice of Carciofo (baby spinach, marinated artichoke, cheese, cream sauce), 1 slice of Aumma Aumma (sausage, meatball, ricotta, sauce, cheese)

GUEST(S): Zohar Adner, Scott Wiener, Omar Kadir

Very Fine Pizza, Indeed.  Fortunately for the residents of Manhattan's Lower East Side, you no longer have to make the trek to Astoria, Queens to get Rizzo's Fine Pizza.  Known for the crisp Sicilian style pie, Rizzo's has become an institution in Queens since 1959.  Since the original Steinway Street store opened its doors in 1959, the menu has expanded to include a whole slew of thin, square and round pies, all distinctly Mediterranean in origin. The high quality ingredients like marinated artichoke and handmade sausage have something for every taste bud.  And while I appreciated the creative topping combinations of the Carciofo and the Aumma Aumma, it is the Rizzo signature slice, the thin crusted Sicilian,  that keeps me coming back. The recipe includes copious amounts of rich, tangy tomato sauce with a single slab of creamy mozzarella flanked by bits of sharp and mild grated cheeses. All of these rest atop a thin, crispy gas powered oven crust.

"If you want doughy or cheesy, it's probably not for you," David Rizzo, an acting manager once told me.

David Rizzo, like his father before him, makes pizza the way he likes to eat it. Fortunately for everyone I have ever met here, we like it that way too. The Lower East Side outpost is both a walk-up slice joint as well as a beer and wine bar.  The pizza is so tasty and thin, you may want to over order.  Come during happy hour and use the money you save on discounted drinks to get more pizza!  Definitely take a chance on Rizzo's. The first one's free....for real - tell them its your first time. I bet it won't be your last.



1.  Scott Wiener runs pizza tours in the New York area.  If you love pizza and haven't been on one, you should totally go on Scott's Pizza Tours.  I went on one a couple of years ago and remember it fondly (link to my experience).  Coming this Tuesday, Scott's book Viva la Pizza! The Art of the Pizza Box will be available in stores and online.
2. Omar Kadir lives in Pakistan, grew up in Canada, and loves pizza.  So much so that he met Scott Wiener on one of his pizza tours and then kept bumping into him at different pizzerias.  After we left Rizzo's, I understand Scott and my other two guests went on a "Pizza crawl" around the village.  Now THAT is a great way to celebrate the end of Pizza Month!
3. Zohar Adner plays Funnyball during the summer and meets me at least once during most every Pizza Month.  I hope neither of those ever changes.

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19.5/21 = .929 x 5 = 4.64

1 comment:

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