Sunday, May 15, 2011

Day 460 : Zero Otto Nove comes to Manhattan

Earlier this week, a well-known and much loved pizzeria from Arthur Avenue in the Bronx opened its first Manhattan location in the Flatiron area, on 21st street between 5th and 6th -- Zero Otto Nove. The menu pretty much is the same as its more established Bronx sibling and the decor is warm with a classic trattoria feel. The wine list is of course Italian centric, highlighting the big bold reds that are meant to be enjoyed with red sauce style meals.

What did we have?

We split two of their antipasti :

Polipo -- Grilled octopus with fresh tomato, capers, cannellini beans and olive oil. Flavorful, rustic, and homey, you can't go wrong here.

Mozzarella Caprese -- A twist on the classic Italian appetizer with a few extra touches -- homemade buffalo mozzarella was served on top of two large tomato slices garnished with marinated mushrooms, roasted peppers, and basil. Simple, clean, fresh ingredients done right.

Of course we had to split a pizza of theirs, it was a pizza place after all!

So we decided to try "La Vincenzo" composed of fresh mozzarella, gorgonzola, fresh cherry tomatoes, basil and marinated porcini mushrooms. This was the perfect mixture of sweet and savory with punchy and creamy cheeses all rolled into one. The crust was thin and light and the 10 inch pie was not at all oily, but airy and delightful -- an excellent backdrop to showcase the ingredients that were topping the crust.

Overall a delish meal, I would definitely come back. After having visited other artisanal pizza places the week they opened and one could tell that they had some kinks to work out, Zero Otto Nove was a welcome surprise -- good fresh homemade food done right in a lovely and welcoming atmosphere.

Hope you enjoy your Sunday folks and a very Happy Birthday to  my wonderful four legged companion, Coco's 11th birthday! May she live many more years of doggie bliss!

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