Kesté Pizza & Vino

Restaurants, Pizza West Village
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Kesté Pizza & Vino
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

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.

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Venue name: Kesté Pizza & Vino
Contact:
Address: 271 Bleecker St
New York
10014
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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Rebecchi
tastemaker

This place has been on my list for a while. I didn't realize they have an entire PAGE full of gluten free pizzas. The service was great, the burrata was delicious and the gluten free pizza was probably the best GF crust I've ever had. The owner even stopped by to say hello. Everyone in our party loved it, including a few who are from Naples. 

allysonm
tastemaker

I *finally* made it to Kesté, after people have been talking about how great it is for years. I will say the pizza lives up to the hype, although the menu is a bit pricey, including the wine list. At 6pm, my friend and I were the only customers in the restaurant, so I didn't experience any of the customer service issues it seems like some have. I'd certainly recommend checking it out (particularly the prosciutto and mushroom pie).

Andrea A

I from naples and I can tell that it s thr Best pizza in New York City with fresh ingredient.There is no pizza like that in the city.Try the pistacchio pizza.

Gianluca P

The pizza is fantastic. The best I ever had outside of Italy. I would give that 5 stars. However, the service is very very very bad. Extremely unfriendly. A message to the staff: If you really hate your customers that much, get a new job. The world will be a better place for both of us.

Alexis G

I love this place for proving authentic brick-oven Italian pies can thrive in the land of New York slices!

S D

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.