80 2nd Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.726385 -73.988873
Mon-Fri 5PM-12PM; Sat-Sun 12PM-12PM
Neighborhoods: Bowery, Downtown, East Village
Pleasantly Surprised – My friend suggested we meet at this cute Sicilian restaurant in the East Village on a Thurs night. Having never heard of it before and reading mixed reviews online, I went with a skeptical disposition. We got seated promptly at 9pm without reservations and were cordially greeted by waiters with Italian accents - usually good indicator of authenticity. The wood-fire pizza oven at the back created a charming atmosphere within the intimate space.
We started off with the Polpo Griglia appetizer. In my experience, nothing can be worse than an overcooked, rubbery grilled octopus, but Cacio did it decently, accompanied with a bed of fresh herbed fennel and orange salad. The pastas were the true winners; we ordered the Anelletti Palermitana which was quite a feast to the eye. The oven-baked "ring" pasta with beef ragu, eggplant, basil, and pecorino comes in a huge dome of thin bread that you deflate into the pasta!! Although I couldn't quite taste the beef, it was such an excellent comfort dish!! The homemade Pappardelle Al Ragu Di Anatra has a brilliant sauce pairing where the richness of the roasted duck was balanced with the gentle tartness of blueberries. We literally licked our plates clean!
I will surely be back to try one of their promising-looking pies!
forgetta about it – Best pizza around.. LES landmark pizza.. Highly recommended... Great find citysearch...perfetion amazing
Amazing Pizza – Staff and manager are very friendly. Always going above and beyond. Pizza is the best in the city. Never a disappointing meal.
my fave italian place in the 'hood – Run by italians as in italian people from italy (not italian american). they know what they are doing in the kitchen. great food! the pizza is exceptional as is the fettuccine w/ 'schrooms. also have the nutella and banana pizza for dessert.
fabio, the host (maybe owner?), is always friendly and charming as is the rest of the staff. if u want to practice your italiano they don't mind. great wine selection too.
real Italian, real find – We got to Cacio e Vino without reservations and were seated quickly despite the large crowd. The food was made as Italian food ought to be prepared (i.e., pasta very al dente), and the wine selection was wide and reasonably priced. Try their Nero d'Avola.
After having a wonderful cheeseless seafood pizza at a Bklyn place that removed it from its menu, I've been searching for something comparable. Can't comment on the menu as a whole, but the Pescatore Pizza (ordered with regular, not spicy tomato sauce), was light ,flavorful, and on a perfect thin crust. Maybe a bit pricey, not super filling, but excellent nonetheless.
Best Pizza in NYC – This is an incredible restaurant, the owners who are from Sicily kept the menu very specifically Sicilian (this is very rare). The menu is very diverse and there are 30 kinds of pizzas on the menu. The restaurant is very cozy with a wood burning oven in the back, and the wine list is terrific. This is by far the best Italian food I have had in this city, I have recommended it to everyone I know and everyone loved it as much as I did. Even the desserts are great they make thin crust dough with nutella in the wood oven. The staff is attentive and the atmosphere is very comfortable. I love this place I think everyone should try it!!
Ask for chocolate pizza (not in the menu)! – Cozy & good service. Both wine and food are priced reasonably. We had 2 appetizers, pizza, pasta and wine and desert but we only paid $38 each. Then the owner bought a chocolate pizza from the brick oven!! Chocolate & pizza - it was super yummy!!! When we returned on Friday, the place was too packed. You should go during the week and ask for the chocolate pizza! (not in the menu)
Best italian food – The atmosphere is very friendly and relaxed. Fantastic food (try polipo alle erbe), great wine selection. Fresh and delicious dishes, and spectacular desserts! Look at the attention to detail. The staff is eager to please you every need. I would also recommend visiting Cacio e Vino for a casual lunch; their "frittate" make a perfect afternoon snack.
Definitely recommended to try.
Thin-crust Sicilian pizzas from a colorful wood-burning oven in the East Village. – The Scene
Dark wood, flickering candlelight and black-and-white photos of Sicily may be bella cliches for Italian restaurants in the East Village, but the brightly colored pizza oven makes quite an impression. Unfortunately, so does the haphazard service. Dates play footsie at the back tables, while groups share pies in the window seating up front.
The Sicilian fare starts off strong with a basket of flatbread to dip in an addictive mix of tomatoes and olives with just the right hint of sardines. Tender, perfectly charred grilled octopus and a refreshing salad of crispy fennel and orange ramp up expectations, but overcooked, underseasoned homemade pasta with artichokes and a too-heavy plate of short ribs, sausage and polenta disappoint. Pizza from the wood-burning oven is a knockout, however. The thin crust is crisp enough to withstand any combination of toppings--spicy sausage, gooey mozzarella and fresh basil make the Capricciosa a particularly irresistible pie.
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