The cuisine: Italian. The vista: New York's one-of-a-kind skyline, towering high above the Hudson. Masina Trattoria's team delivers its cuisine to an outdoor patio overlooking Manhattan's iconic architecture, which wasn't built in a day—it was built in a plot of land. They also serve their food inside, where those twinkling views of the skyline fill the expansive windows, and framed black and white photos add a touch of vintage to the romantic decor.
Bearing the name of post-war actress and wife of Italian director Federico Fellini, Masina Trattoria pays homage to the spirit of the bold cuisine of Italy. Executive Chef Rocco Russo crafts classics such as gnocchi and cavatelli, but also adds inventive touches such as parsley sausage and broccoli raab.
Crusts puff into crisp golden circlets around Famous Amadeus' New York–style pizzas, unrolling tendrils of steam around calzones, strombolis, and time-tested Italian dishes. Pastas leap fresh from the colander or disappear into multilayered lasagna and ricotta-stuffed shells after testifying against forks. Marinara-cloaked entrees drive up demand for napkins within the eatery or join delivery drivers on jaunts to diners around the city.
An oasis of natural, full-flavored pie in a wasteland of modern preservatives, zpizza offers bubbly pizza with options that are safe for vegans, vegetarians, and the gluten-shy. Every pizza at zpizza is freshly prepared, hand-thrown, and gently coaxed into the oven using soft bird calls and pheromone trails, and fire-baked to crispy perfection. The dough is prepared fresh daily from 100% certified-organic wheat flour, and zpizza is also happy to offer certified organic and gluten-free crusts, sating the pizza desire of the allergic, dieters, and wheat sympathizers. Toppings include part-skim rBGH-free mozzarella, MSG-free pepperoni, certified-organic tomato sauce, additive-free sausage, and fresh produce. Try a large ZBQ pizza with barbecue sauce, mozzarella, barbecue chicken, roasted peppers, red onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and sweet corn ($9.95–$20.95), or a chicken curry and yam rustica with mozzarella, curry chicken, yams, mango chutney, raisins, and cilantro ($8.95). Vegans can delight in a Berkeley, a soy-cheese veggie pizza with pesto, soy cheese, veggie burger crumbles, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, red onions, and bell peppers ($10.50–$21.50), and traveling tongues can sate their wanderlust with a mouthwatering Moroccan rustica with pesto, mozzarella, roasted eggplant, feta cheese, caramelized onions, and pine nuts ($8.95). Prices vary from location to location, so there might be some small variation from what is listed above.
Bella Vita Pizzeria's menu is primarily divided among three things, two of which are brick-oven pizzas and paninis layered with fresh mozzarella and herbs. The third is pasta dishes?customers can choose from 13 entrees that include penne alla vodka and spinach ravioli with a fresh plum tomato sauce. Each entree can be ordered in individual or family sizes, the latter of which is ideal if you plan on finishing that cloning machine tonight.
The glowing embers in a rustic brick hearth reach temperature heights of 700 degrees Fahrenheit as they bake pizzas. Once they’ve been adequately roasted, pizzas emerge from brick ovens bubbling and topped with now crisp leaves of basil, soft tomato slices, arugula, and tender chicken. Chefs prepare 15 specialty varietals of pizza using traditional maple- and oak-fired methods that date back to the time when the Ancient Romans invented fire and imparts a toasty crispness to each disc. Pasta noodles mingle with creamy pesto sauce or skirt steak, while slices of foccocia bread ensnare morsels of roasted eggplant, meatballs, or lightly breaded chicken.
Diners can customize pies with à la carte ingredients such as sausage, fresh pineapple, and arugula or opt for the prearranged flavors, which include a ricotta-bedecked bianca pizza and an entree-combining chicken-parmigiana pizza. Four fountain drinks keep bellies happily hydrated, although a diplomatic BYOB policy allows guests to supplement dinners with fermented beverages. Diners can nosh in an all-season garden room, where a vaulted-glass ceiling maintains a pleasant climate through summer, winter, and impending ice ages.
Vibrant murals of an Italian countryside span the walls of Palermo Pizzeria & Restaurant, setting the scene for a dining experience inspired by the region. Lobster tails, grilled steaks, and piles of spaghetti populate plates atop linen tablecloths in the dining room, alongside crispy pizza crusts weighed down by plum tomatoes, Spanish olives, and blue cheese. A wood-hewn bar ensures wine glasses and mugs stay full throughout meals and its attached TV keeps patrons entertained.