Restaurants, Pizza East Village
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Pizza is and has for a long time been serious business in this town, and while New Yorkers are often prepared to throw down over the supremacy of a slice, the truth is, a lot of it isn’t that good. Fortunately, some restaurants have abandoned corny dough-tossing antics and turned instead to the great Neapolitan pie, which, among other specifications, must be sized for an individual and cooked in a wood-fired oven. Motorino, passes the litmus test: Its “DOC” version of the Margherita—the classic combination of tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil—comes straight from the dining room’s glowing oven, with melted islands of buffalo-milk mozzarella on a thin layer of sweet sauce. The crust meets two critical standards: A properly blistered char and a wonderful elasticity that is so often missing from lesser examples. For bolder palates, the Pugliese features pleasantly bitter broccoli rabe and the no-joke punch of fiery chili peppers. While the pizza is the draw, supporting dishes are also worth a detour: Pickled octopus offers chilled, meaty tentacles served with fingerling potatoes and a bright dressing of capers, lemon juice, olive oil and parsley.


Venue name: Motorino
Address: 349 E 12th St
New York
Cross street: between First and Second Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri, Sat 1pm–1am; Sun 11am–midnight
Transport: Subway: L to First Ave
Price: Average pizza: $15. AmEx, MC , V
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Writing about pizza in NYC is always an extremely tough assignment as lets be honest with each other, there are plenty of great pizza joints out there. However each pizza place brings its own unique twist or atmosphere into the mix and I am happy to report that Motorino does such a thing. First off its cozy and the aroma sets your taste buds alight, you can smell the deliciousness that is about to be presented to you and the place is a hive of activity but not overly loud. There are many great pizzas to choose from but my personal favorite is the Prosciutto Di Parma. As there is limited space be prepared to wait a bit but its definitely worth it and you may just roll out as these pizzas are really filling. In summary, good for friend hangouts or an intimate first date.

Andrew H

I have this tied with Luzzo's as the best pizza in NYC!  The lunch special is also one of the best deals in town too!  Definitely go and try it for yourself!