Donatella – New York, NY

by PizzaSnobo on January 7, 2011

184 8th Avenue
New York, NY  10011

The gourmet, Neapolitan pizza craze is alive and well at Donatella in Chelsea. This one is actually worth the trip, not only for the pizza but for the trendy approach. Plus, we loved that Grateful Dead and Phish music were playing to the lunch crowd.

Donatella’s pizza ($14) has all the pieces right: wood oven, san marzano tomatoes and mozzarella di bufala. Happily it all comes together as a winner. The buttery crust is a little thinner and less puffy than many competitors, but it was not soggy. It also has a slight char to it. The fresh sauce was excellent and there is plenty of it. The cheese was rich and smooth. We also liked the basil and wanted even more.

The pizza came out slightly undercooked and the cheese was cut a little thick, but that’s not going to stop us from making a special trip back. Additionally, Donatella should be congratulated for getting PizzaSnobo’s first A+ Health Department rating and zero violation points during their last inspection. Yes, mandatory grades in restaurant windows are a good thing.

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