The “33” glowing in devilish orange neon outside this corner hot spot connects co-owner Rino Lacerra’s latest endeavor to Pizza 33, his minichain of gourmet pizzerias. His signature piled-high brick-oven pies take up ample room on the menu, but otherwise, Lacerra’s attempt at upscaling to a classy sit-down joint seems more Staten Island than Tuscany. A swordfish-stuffed mushroom appetizer, praised by the eager waiter, tasted rubbery, and pork chop au poivre was bland once the pepper crust disappeared. The brick-and-beige interior is equally dull, although the open French windows and sidewalk tables add a little festivity.
|Venue name:||33 Ristorante||Contact:|
196 Eighth Ave
|Cross street:||at 20th St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri–Sun 11am–1am|
|Transport:||Subway: C, E to 23rd St|
|Price:||Average main course: $15. AmEx, MC, V|