Pizza >La Pizza Fresca Ristorante
31 E 20th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.73885 -73.989
Mon-Fri noon-3:30 pm, 5:30-11 pm, Sat 5:30-11 pm, Sun 5-11 pm
Neighborhoods: Flatiron District, Midtown
Fresh and tasty – La Pizza Fresca is one of my favorite restaurant in NYC. It's not like you try once never go. I order Pizza or their dishes depends on my mood and budget. I love their Mrgherita Pizza. The salad is always fresh and tomatoes are sweet. I tried their new course menu last time. Ravioli was great and Baby lam was amazing.It was perfectly medium well. it's so tender and juicy. I am very sensitive with lam's
odder. I don't even smell anything. It was so fresh. I recommend to try. There are so many restaurants change to wrong direction. But, they are always satisfied me from starter to dessert.
The wine selections are excellent. The staff kindly recommend right wine for the food.
You, too, could fall in love with this restaurant – La Pizza Fresca has got a neighborhood feel though it?s deserving of being a destination restaurant. I?ve got to say it reminds me of a soignee woman. Going there is like visiting an old lover. So comfortable. Everything is just as it should be. No spots on the stemware, no stains on the tablecloths; no lost reservations, no actorwaiters, no bad wines; no silly entrees, no sillier prices. I admit -- I am having a love affair with this place and with several LPF dishes. The spinach, pine nut and raisin appetizer is my foreplay. The Quatro P Pasta, is well, what can I say ? there is safety in numbers with those four cheeses ? and is it ever worth the calories. My favorite finish is the lemon sorbet because it?s better than any I?ve ever had (and most are quite good) and it?s served in a frozen lemon and somehow this authenticity is very becoming. I?d be remiss not to mention the pizza. If ?ubiquitous? had to start somewhere this is the womb -- the mother of all pizzas. No pineapple and cheese insult here, this is the real deal. Maybe this is a destination restaurant after all ? you get the goods here, plain and straightforward, without the S_x and The City teasing.
Amazing food, wine and service – I recently went to La Pizza Fresca after a coworker's recommendation. The pizza is a must-have. But what was more amazing was the restaurant's wine list, which is maybe 1000 long. Our waitress walked us through several options to pick the one to match our meal. What made the evening even more pleasant was sitting near the front of the restaurant with the fully-open facade and we enjoyed the summer breeze but still had the privacy of the restaurant. Thanks for a great experience, I will definitely be back.
Never Again!!! – My boyfriend and I went this past Saturday before a movie. When we got there, there were only 2 other tables so it was not busy. The waitress took our order. We got our appetizers shortly after. It was excellent. The food runner then brought my pasta dish (rigatoni with eggplant and mozzarella) which was excellent. My boyfriend ordered the rustic pizza. His came out 20 minutes after mine was served to me!!!!!! I was done with my food when he got his! The waitress NEVER came to ask how everything was after she took our order. The busboy was more attentive! Yes, the food was good but the service was absolutely horrible! It was not even busy and i saw the waitress on her cell phone by the bar a few times! Needless to say, she did not get a tip from us and we did tip the busboy!
Best ravioli ever – This place is wonderful. Excellent servers who are really Italian... and the homemade pasta is worth every penny!!! I haven't had ravioli that good since I was in Italy.
Go on a weeknight – The pizza is excellent,the pastas were very good.It seems the simpler pasta wasn't as good as the more complex ones.I had the penne with cream and tomato sauce which was excellent,and I tried the rigatoni with beef and veal meatballs-wasn't that good.The wine list had some decent priced bottles,but overall the place is pretty expensive.Service on saturday night at 9pm was,as expected-harried and sporadic with us having to flag down a waiter several times.
Great brick oven pies – What a surprise to find this place, after being referred by a friend for the Neapolitan style pizza. I did not hear of Pizza Fresca before and never saw it in the ratings where they list the city's best pizza, etc. It is a hidden jewel. I have been to all of the usual suspects (Grimaldi's, Lombardi's, John's) and none compare, not even the alleged Naples style places (Una, Lutzio). I have been there twice already and love the pizza margherita (it has buffalo mozzarella which you can really taste compared to regular mozzarella) and the perfect crispy/chewy crust. I think the crust is so good because of their wood burning oven instead of the usual fake brick oven that uses gas. They said they have been in business for 11 years. I can't believe the food/pizza critics don't talk about La Pizza Fresca.
So-so food, bad service – Six of us came in for dinner tonight early, to make it to a 7:15 movie; we'd made a reservation and told the restaurant when we needed to leave. Appetizers arrived promptly, but then, after about ten minutes, the two non-pizza entrees arrived. The pizzas were delivered at least 10 minutes later, possibly more--all I know is that my son had finished his entire pasta before the pizzas came. I ordered the day's special pizza, so you'd think it would be as described on the menu--with pancetta, cheese and grilled vegetables. After all that wait, I had to send the pizza back to have the grilled veggies added. My pizza was good, although none too hot; on the others I tried, the tomato sauce was watery and undercooked, and the crust was soggy and tasteless. No one apologized once for the wait--in fact, when we asked, the waiter said, "Sometimes the pizzas take a little longer." I'd never go back to this place.
Simply Delicious!!! – I have been going to La Pizza Fresca since I went there years ago. I simply love this place. The quality of food, wine and service is beyond what you can expect and has been consistent all these years as long as I remember. This is definitely a place where you can have a casual or elegant meal with your family or date. All my friends (some are italians) I brought to La Pizza Fresca were absolutely impressed with the food and were surprised at how wonderful the place was. Last Tueday, I had a dinner with my seven friends. All of us left the restaurant with happy smiles; delicious pizze with fresh ingredients, attentive services with good wine in a proper glass we all enjoyed. If you want to try authentic italian thin crust pizza, you must go to La Pizza Fresca.
It's like home and better then home ! – This is my favorite Italian restaurant/pizzeria in NYC and I love the new pizza!! The dough has that savory taste that melts in your mouth !! I suggest to try Monte Bianco, to be pared with one of the nice Barbera they have !! Yes, trust any of their friendly waiters, they know how to help , it can be difficult with such a wide and "decadent" choice of superb wines. Of course do not forget to try the three "portate" menu, you can create your own " testing menu" at a reasonable price, a delight !! It's like being back home in Italy :more courses, smaller portions ! The food is fresh,flavorful, rich and also light , w unusual yet classic Italian combination.You got to love this place if you are italian !! :) Claudia
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