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Nov 7, 2006 11:57 AM

Cronkite Pizzeria?

Read about this place opening this past weekend and I wanted to check it out for lunch today. Does anyone have any early reviews or opinions on this spot? Is it even open yet? I'm a huge fan of Fornino here in my neighborhood...

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  1. i live in the hood so have been psuedo-stalking the place since i heard about it opening and that it's the guys from fornino (which i haven't been to yet but have heard great things). cronkite had a soft opening (friends & family) this wkd and opened to the public last night. i stopped in around 6 just to chk out the space and look at the menu- looks interesting and delicious! however, i don't believe they're open for lunch (at least not yet). i think they open daily at 5pm...

    1. That's good to know as I read about it too, but had not yet been. Does anyone have any more menu details?


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      1. re: TexasToast

        Yes I am very curious how this menu stacks up with Fornino's. If it's almost a carbon copy then there is no need to for me to go into the city to check it out. Fornino's is literally 2 blocks from my apartment!

      2. Where is it? Has anyone actually been inside to try their Pizza?

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        1. re: Mickey Blue

          Not that this answers your question but the owner, Michael Ayoub, was the original owner of Cucina in Park Slope (5th Ave, where Tempo is now), an excellent Italian restaurant for several years (which then went downhill and closed) and now owns Fornino's (as mentioned), a solid pizza restaurant in W'burg, growing fresh ingredients in back. Given this history, although it seems that none of us have yet been to the Lower E'side to try Cronkite, we're all hopeful.

        2. I'll break the ice (or slice). Nice looking place subterranean up the block from Schillers. I grabbed a small caprese pie to go-fresh mozzarella, tomatoe sauce and hot soppressata. Very thin nice crust. Cheese was good. soppressata was spicer than I expected it which gave it a pepperoni/hot pepper quality that slightly overpowered the pie but it was good. lots of different combinations. next time will try the fennel sausage with broccoli rabe.

          1. I actually ate there last night (Tues). I also live in the LES and have been to Fornino many times, so I've been excited about the new addition to the neighborhood. They told me it was their second day of being open. My friend and I split an appetizer of polenta with wild grilled mushrooms, which had a drizzle of aged sweet balsamic vinegar. It was delicious. I has a small pie with gorgonzola cheese and caramelized onions, while my friend splurged for the pie with shaved black truffles ($30). My pizza was very good and the truffle pizza was out of this world (I love truffles). Both had a fairly thin crust with a nice crunch without being too "crackery". They have a huge wine list (we opted for a nice Chianti at $26 a bottle). We were too full for any dessert. Service was very good. I asked about delivery; they told me a few weeks before they start it up.