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5 out of 5 stars
(11user reviews)
RUBIROSA classic pizza
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Time Out says

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.



Address: 235 Mulberry St
New York
Cross street: between Prince and Spring Sts
Transport: Subway: 6 to Spring St
Price: Average pizza: $20
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sun 11:30am–11pm; Thu-Sat 11:30am-midnight
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Can I get an amen for the tie-dye pizza. Who knew vodka sauce, pesto sauce AND mozzarella cheese would be so delicious. I always pass by this place when I'm pretending I can afford to shop in soho and this weekend I finally went in. The wait was 40 minutes for a table so my roommate and I just sat at the bar. The drinks were also very good. Surprisingly our bill only came out to be $22 each for a small half and half pizza with 2 drinks. I will definitely be coming back here again, I love the vibe and the bartenders were super friendly. 

Only suggestion is make a reservation if you plan on coming with a big group and/or on the weekend. 


Rubirosa is easily one of my favorite restaurants in NYC! As everyone suggests, the tie-dye is a must. The cheese plate is the perfect appetizer and well worth the carb and cheese overload. It comes with fresh bread and pickled veggies that really add a nice kick to every bite. The wait is always insane - I've waited 2 hours before. Pro tip is to turn notifications on in the Resy app and you can snatch a table if one opens up ahead of time. 


DELIVERY REVIEW - Haven't dined in situ but for this was amazing fancy pizza delivered to my door. The curled pepperonis were amazing (although felt a bit stingy, gimme more of those not just 2 on each slice!), but the real winner (and surprise) was the gluten free veggie pie - the crust was incredible and I'd definitely eat that again. Dying to go to the restaurant for the full experience.


Hip pizza spot, related to Joe and Pat's out on Staten Island- The tie-dye pizza with vodka, pesto, tomato, and fresh mozz is perfect for anyone (like me) who can't decide what they want. It's pretty cramped in the restaurant, but sitting at the bar is nice. 


Rubirosa is the Italian version of The Penrose in Little Italy. You could find much more authentic/traditional Italian restaurants in the area, but this place is a more hip restaurant with cool cocktails and interesting twists on Italian food. Try the tie-dye pizza (pizza with tomato, vodka, & pesto on it). I went during San Gennaro so I was already stuffed from all the Italian food at the festival, so look forward to coming back and trying more food!


Highly recommend ordering the tie-dye pizza.  Simply amazing.  Also have great eggplant parmesan and calamari.  Takes a while to get seated here but we were able to make reservations by calling a few weeks in advance if you really want to try it.  Very reasonably priced and in a great neighborhood!


Anyone can do a review of the pizza - which is fabulous here. But I came in for lunch and ordered a Rubirosa sandwich panini instead. It was delightful - the chicken super moist and succulent and the combo with the peppers and pesto was perfect. Of course it was busy, so we ordered at the counter and the service was great! This place just feels like Italy and the smells coming out of the ovens and kitchen felt a little bit like heaven on Earth. 

Great Pie, old school pizza style in little Italy. Amazing ambient for friends to enjoy a slide over a good conversation. Drinks, outstanding service & the start of the night, the Pizza. Truly authentic NY.


If you don't come with a big group and do the family style dining option, you're not doing it right. Seriously, you'd be doing yourself an injustice to not try all the antipasto and entrees offered at this cozy, rustic, casual but not too casual pizza joint. I highly recommend trying the rice balls and meatballs as well as the lasagne and caprese pizza. 

Great Italian restaurant with an old-school vibe. Much more than just a pizza place and the specialty pizzas are perfection. Very quick service and great for small groups - cozy atmosphere. All of the recommendations from our server were great and I will definitely return here. Green salad is perfect and simple and I really want to eat the pizza in my photo again right now...

Why I love Rubirosa:

-Fast service

-Friendly employees

-Friendly customers

-Delicious food



-Food is properly made

-Employees aren't rushing you out of your seats and neither are customers (but people don't linger around their tables after they paid their bill)

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