Owner Giuseppe Pappalardo of Staten Island pizzeria Joe & Pat's enlisted his son Angelo (Esca) as chef and pizzaiolo at this Italian restaurant, offering simple, thin-crust pizzas and classic red-sauce fare. Rubirosa's crisp yet pliable pies have a delicate char and a small ring of crackerlike crust around the edges. We've yet to go wrong with the no-frills vodka rendition, which boasts a layer of creamy, booze-spiked tomato sauce and a gooey patchwork of fresh mozzarella.
235 Mulberry St
|Cross street:||between Prince and Spring Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun noon–1am; Fri, Sat noon–3am|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to Spring St|
|Price:||Average pizza: $15. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|
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