La Pizza Fresca Ristorante – New York, NY

by PizzaSnobo on July 19, 2011

31 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10003

Fancy. White tablecloths and everything. So fancy in fact, that even though pizza is part of the name, it’s the full Italian menu – organized by region – and the extensive wine list they really want you to pay attention to. Located just north of Union Square, La Pizza Fresca is a great place for a date, or a quiet business lunch.

The ten inch Margherita pies are overpriced at $17, even with the bufala cheese. The pizza fits squarely in the Neapolitan gourmet style that has swept into NYC. The cheese was nice, however it was sliced a too thick and did not sufficiently cook. Also on the down side was the sourdough crust, which was too overpowering and more puffy than most. The san marzano sauce has a lot going on, but didn’t wow us as much as nearby Donatella. A simpler approach would have been preferred. Overall, La Pizza Fresca is certainly good, but it falls short of being great, even with expensive ingredients.

If you want a little ambiance, this restaurant is a good choice. If you want to wait on long lines, there’s always Eatay nearby, though you won’t find any bargains there either.

Department of Health Restaurant rating A

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