Polpette – New York City, NY

by PizzaSnobo on October 31, 2010

474 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10024
(646) 438-9494

With the ongoing restaurant renaissance transpiring on the Upper West Side, we had high hopes for this newly (re)created pizza place just a couple of doors up from Famous Original Ray’s. You may remember the owner’s previous kid-geared place, Pinch & S’Mac where they sold pizzas by the inch. The space has received a nice facelift with a nice bar boasting more flat screen TVs than sports bar alley (AKA Amsterdam Avenue). The new concept at Polpette is thin crust Sicilian pizzas, a bit of an oxymoron, claiming fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and San Marzano tomato based sauce.

Polpette hasn’t steered too far away from their pizza by the inch (or shall we say square inch) predecessor. The options now are either a 10×10 or 15×15 at $1 per square inch ($10 for the 10×10 for all of you math challenged 3rd graders). We are not sure why we expected good pizza from a restaurant with a name that means meatball, but we didn’t find it here.

Although Polpette’s claims great ingredients in “Grandmas Sicilian,” they don’t seem to want to work together here. The mozzarella might have been made with fresh milk, but we are not sure when that was. They are very generous with the cheese though, which seems wasted as it’s just melted on top (instead of baked) without much flavor. The thick sweet sauce is also plentiful and the taste is overpowering. The crust is indeed thinner than most Sicilian slices and also a bit lighter, in this case meaning not very flavorful. The crust reminded us a bit like Ellio’s frozen pizza.

We felt it ironic that the Mystic Pizza was playing on the TV above us as this sure wasn’t a “slice of heaven.”

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