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.