Just when you thought you were done with Pizza month, we pull you back in. Due to the plethora of Pizza joints within the area, Elana and I have agreed to stop this soon and continue at a later date… but there is still work to be done. This week’s review is of Luzzo’s, on 211 First Avenue in the East Village. Since it was Elana’s birthday, we invited a whole crew of pizza enthusiasts and made a reservation way in advance. Our crew had grown to 15 people, and I was skeptical of how they would handle our posse.
Accommodations turned out to be no problemo. One of the waiters took our crew down a flight of stairs to their basement. If anyone is thinking about booking a large group for some delicious pizza, ask to be downstairs in the basement. We basically had the place to ourselves. It even comes equipped with a stereo system in which the staff at Luzzo’s actually encourages you to supply your own music. Unfortunately, none of us were aware of this ahead of time, so Elana’s whack-ass mix of early 90’s techno supplied the musical backdrop. Also in the basement is a bar, stocked with wine and ice cold Peroni, the latter of which was ordered by all the male participants in half hour increments; like clockwork, one of us would twirl our index finger in the air, while our waiter would rifle off bottle caps and dispense the brewskis. Did I mention how awesome the basement is?
After ordering a few snacks, the pizzas arrive. Like Keste, Luzzo’s is very much a Naples pie; the mozzarella is barely melted, the crust is charred, yet chewy. It is extremely simple in its look, yet sophisticated in its creation. Luzzo’s gives the option of ordering either 12 inch or 16 inch pies.
For the group, we get a bunch of 16 inch pies; 4 of which are Bufala Mozzarella pies. This pizza is definitely some of the best we have had. It is a little thinner than that of other Neapolitan pies, which isn’t good or bad – just figured i’d say so. Its bufala mozzarella is great; despite its spotty application, it is huge on taste: milky, salty, and a touch sour. Perfect. The tomatoes are of equal quality, extremely fresh with perfect compliments of oil. Take a look at the oil which swims on top of the slice. It’s there, but not overwhelmingly so. And the crust is of fine craftmanship – the blackened portions of the crust are contrasted with its doughy, pillowy insides. Rugged exterior, tender underneath it all. Alot like myself.
(This picture is from the bar afterwards. As you can tell, it was fun)
We ordered a few more pies. One was a white pizza with truffle patte (pictured above). Another was a magherita pizza with prosciutto and arugula. A third one was a white pie with prosciutto and mushrooms seen below. All were very good; building on Luzzo’s wonderful pizza making philosophy with wonderful pizza making accompaniments/ingredients.
Those looking for a high end Neapolitan pizza will not be disappointed by stopping into Luzzo’s. In comparison with Keste, our other reviewed Neapolitan pie, it is slightly thinner and tad more simple and bare. Yet in taste, they’re in dead heat. Stay tuned for our pizza rankings in the coming weeks.
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