Veloce Pizzeria – New York, NY

by PizzaSnobo on October 22, 2010

103 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10002
(212) 777-6677

Along with high quality ingredients, Veloce dims the lights and plays jazz music to bump up the sophistication level of the pizza restaurant genre. Only Sicilian pizza is served here, which is fine by PizzaSnobo. When Veloce opened in the East Village we were very excited. Unfortunately, the pies did not live up to our hopes.

Each 12” pie ($15) has four square slices and serves one or two, depending on how hungry you are. The cheese was the best part of the pizza, though we would have liked just a little bit more sprinkled on top. It could also have used more sauce, which we found a little too thin and bland. We also found Veloce’s pizza to be on the greasy side, but the biggest problem was the crust, which is soft and soggy, except at the edges, and tasted a little too much like focaccia bread. The best part of the pie – which is very good indeed – is around the edges, which were baked crispy with the cheese browned. If only the entire pie had such texture.

To spice things up, try the Porchetta Sausage or Arugula pies, or one of the other specialties. Or consider one of the nearby restaurants, like Motorino, Luzzo, or one of the other East Village spots.

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