PizzArte Serves Up Italian Like No Other

Most New Yorkers claim they know the best pizza joint in town. But tell your fave hub to move on over because recently opened PizzArte will surely give it a run for its money.

Step into this modern Italian resto unlike any other. Forget the red checkered table cloths, forget the dim lighting and noisy children -- this hot new spot is not clinging on to the same ol' Italian restaurant theme. Instead, owners Bruno Cilio and Dario Cipollaro de l'Ero (first time restaraunteurs) opted to decorate with mod tables and lights and walls covered in great Italian artwork (perfect, since it's situated just footsteps away from the MoMA). The artists that are currently being displayed there are Lello Esposito, Luciano Scateni, Giuseppe Falconi and Francesco Manes, all of whom are from Naples. The artwork will rotate every four to six months.

They serve ten different types of pizza (plus calzones), including Pizza Montanara (pictured below), which is fried and then baked, which surprisingly, isn't as heavy as you'd expect. In fact, it is quite light and delicious. Other varieties of pizza include classic margherita, Diavola (mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, spicy salame), and PizzArte, of course, which is made with zucchini, speck, and burrato. All ingredients are flown in straight from the source -- Italy!

 If you aren't hankering pizza (weirdo), luckily for you, PizzArte's other dishes are just as good, if not better, than their pizza.  Choose from one of their many appetizers, salads, pastas, and follow it up with dessert (view menu here). Need some recommendations?  Paccheri alla Genovese, a traditional Neapolitan pasta with a rich onion and meat sauce could be one of the best pastas I've ever had. Who doesn't like carmelized onions? Another good one is Pasta e Patate, made with potatoes, smoked mozzarella di bufala, parmiggiano reggiano, and celery.

They also have a unique and tasty wine selection, unlike most pizzerias in the city. I bet you've never tried sparkling red wine (Piedirosso) before...and they've got it! However, you can also find quite a handful of red, white, rose, sparkling, and dessert wines from Italy to sip on, but don't worry if you're on a Pinot Grigio binge...they've got some American wines, too. They also have seven specialty cocktails, as well as a selection of five different beers if that suites your fancy better.

What else makes this joint stand out from all others? Authentic Neopolitan style pizza, amazing chefs (one was Bono's personal chef!), and oh yeah, a completely Italian waitstaff. You'll never dream of Rome again once you've been to this Naples-haven. In fact, I dined here weeks ago and I'm still dreaming about the food.