7.21.2011

Motorino Pizza, New York City

A few weeks ago, we found ourselves wandering around New York's East Village. We made our way through the maze of the subway system in order to visit Obscura, the antiques store featured on the fantastically creepy Discovery Channel's show "Oddities," and to see what else could be found in this particularly eccentric little neighborhood.


After a few hours (and one slightly twisted ankle) we decided to stop for lunch, and this was when we discovered Motorino PizzaThe unassuming storefront led us into a narrow eatery with tin ceilings, stainless steel tables, and of course, an open view of the most important thing in the joint - the oven. Beer and wine were available, and the service was friendly and attentive. When we spotted the sign advertising the daily special (right), we knew we were in the right place.

Pizza is a big deal in New York, and this pizza certainly lives up to that reputation. We had never heard of Motorino before this, although a little after-visit research tells us both Rachel Ray and The New York Times love their pies. No doubt! This is wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizza, with crust that is blisteringly crisp on the outside yet pillowy soft within. The mid-weekday special, in which we indulged, featured a big, beautiful, fresh green salad, dressed simply with a little balsamic and black pepper paired with a pizza for a mere $12. We each chose the soppressata picante, featuring tangy tomato, fior di latte (a cow's milk mozzarella), garlic, red pepper flakes, and plenty of soppressata (a spicy Italian cured dry salami). We couldn't believe the amount of food at such a bargain price (we could have split one pizza!), and would definitely recommend Motorino for a cheap NYC meal that is out of this world.


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8 comments:

Leanna @ Raptortoe said...

Yum! That place looks great! We don't have very many awesome pizza places out here.

Jerry said...

Nice!! When the humidity comes down a bit, I will make a trip out there possible to try out this delicious looking spot.

Lo-mo said...

Oh wow! This looks great. I will have to remember this place the next time I make it to NYC!

The Culinary Lens said...

This is my kind of post. Somewhere I will add to my visit list. I love writing about places I visit. More like profiles than reviews not really into blogging negative stuff

Parsley Sage said...

Okie dokie, Motorino is noted in my 'must eat' list for my next trip to NYC :) Buzzed!

mamasgottabake said...

My husband, a New Yorker, always said the best pizza was in New York. I know it's not in Los Angeles. This looks good!

Jackie said...

Wow, your site is so inspiring for us as beginning food-blogging collaborators!

Jon and I will be visiting NYC next week and will definitely jot this place down! Thanks for the review!

Looking forward to keeping in touch!

The Mistress of Spices said...

I've heard of this place...sounds delicious indeed!