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Bruno

Restaurants, Pizza East Village
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

The first thing that hits you is the light—Bruno might be the brightest restaurant in New York. As clean and stark-white as a Nordic design store, the sliver of a space has bulbs embedded into ledges along its brick walls, glowing rods over a stretch of boxy two-tops and under-cabinet lights beaming down on a 20-stool open counter. It’s not an ideal setting for scarfing saucy pizza.

But these pies aren’t of the messy, marinara-down-your-chin ilk. The wood-fired, hyperseasonal rounds from Dave Gulino and Justin Slojkowski—the Roberta’s alums behind last year’s surprise-hit tasting-menu pop-up inside Box Kite Coffee—are almost dainty. The tomatoes are organic, the crust is built with upstate wheat berries milled in the basement, and each pizza arrives adorned with jewel-toned herbs.

Those New American tinkerings are more suited to nontraditional pies—a smoky-sweet swath of Marlow country ham with roasted peaches ($17), fistfuls of summer greens with carrot-top pesto and briny bottarga ($18)—than the flaccid Margherita ($15), on which purple basil and twee lovage can’t detract from the soupiness of its fermented-tomato sauce or the chewiness of its crust.

Chefly ambitions are abundant in small plates, like a refreshing dish of cucumber curls and sweet melon dabbed with tapioca-freckled buttermilk ($12), but it’s hard to take such lofty efforts seriously when the basics—say, the perfectly simple trio of dough, sauce and cheese—aren’t being prudently executed. Dim the zeal and fine-tune the za instead.

By: Christina Izzo

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Address: 204 E 13th St
New York
10003
Cross street: between Second and Third Aves
Transport: Subway: L to Third Ave
Price: Average main course: $24. MC, V
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Opening hours: Daily 11:30am–midnight
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2 out of 5 stars

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I went to Bruno for a birthday dinner and the food was great! My friend (the birthday girl) went the night before and sat at the bar and chatted with the staff so when we arrived for the typical large group of 20-something girls birthday dinner, the staff already "knew" us and were totally prepared. The friend had set a fixed menu where we got to taste everything and the pizza's just kept on coming. The brussel sprouts were delicious, we had this fancy looking beet appetizer (I forgot to take pictures!) which was incredible -- and I'm not a beet person. The pizza's were pretty standard - we had pepperoni, veggie and margherita. I will say the pizza's are small, if you're a hungry gal like me you'd probably want to order two... and maybe split a third. Great wine list, knowledgeable and FUN servers. 


Who's kidding whom? The space where Bruno is supposed to be is still under construction. None of  the dishes described are yet available. You have to do some reporting, Time Out, not just post press releases.