Kesté Pizza & Vino

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If anyone can claim to be an expert on Neapolitan pizza, it’s Keste’s Roberto Caporuscio: As president of the U.S. branch of the Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani, he’s top dog for the training and certification of pizzaioli (a former dairy farmer and mozzarella maker, he’s also intimately familiar with that most essential cheese). In addition to all the hallmarks of the Neapolitan product—San Marzano tomatoes, doppio zero flour, a scorching-hot wood-burning oven—Caporuscio uses a slow-speed mixer to work his dough. Then, he gently stretches it into a round with his hands, since it’s far too soft for tossing. The resulting crust is tender yet resilient, puffed with warm pockets of steaming airs. All over the golden surface is an even spotting of tiny black blisters, just enough to deliver that brick-oven sear, but not so much that any single bite tastes burnt. Whatever you put on it, from the classic Margherita toppings to butternut squash puree with smoked mozzarella, it’s as close to the platonic ideal as we’ve found.
Venue name: Kesté Pizza & Vino
Contact:
Address: 271 Bleecker St
New York

Cross street: between Cornelia and Jones Sts
Opening hours: Daily noon–midnight
Transport: Subway: 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq
Price: Average pizza: $12. AmEx, MC, V

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There was PLASTIC in my PIZZA.  This kitchen is clearly DIRTY.  And on top of it, they refused to refund my money. AWFUL FOOD. EVEN WORSE CUSTOMER SERVICE.