Eataly / Rossopomodoro – La Pizza – New York, NY

by PizzaSnobo on January 10, 2011

200 Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10010
212-229-2560

Eataly NYC pizza restaurantEataly is doing so well we had an 85 minute wait to sit down for pizza on a Wednesday evening. The pizza section at this gourmet Italian supermarket/food court is very bright, a little like eating at a coffee shop, but by the time we finished dinner the shopping sections around us had closed and most of the lights were off. Shouldn’t this place be open to 2:00 am? The restaurant remained mostly filled while we ate, though the staff didn’t seem to be working on full burners.

The margherita at Rossopomodoro, AKA La Pizza, is very different than Mario Batali’s Otto, about a mile south. Here the pizza is more DOC-Neapolitan style.Eataly NYC pizza restaurant Unfortunately, while all the ingredients are there, the personal pies ($13 or $18 for bufala) doesn’t come together as anything special. We had the bufala version and were not impressed by what the extra $5 bought us. The crust has a sourdough flavor and is softer and thinner than places like Keste. The pizza was also too soggy and the cheese tended to come off in a single bite. The best part is the fresh light sauce, but it was not good enough for us to highly recommend this pizza.

We suggest you add a couple of toppings, all which are good quality. Better yet, take the short walk to Donatella instead.

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