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Much ado about Nothing: Una Pizza Napolitana

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toby1355 Feb 2, 2007 06:09 PM

My wife and I shared a Margherita there on Thursday at five o'clock. First, I was surprised at the $21 price. Then I was amazed when we were told that one pie really would only be enough for one person. Disregarding that info we only ordered one pie. Next, I was surprised they could only cook no more than two pies at one time. With only three tables filled it took almost twenty minutes to get our pie. I can only imagine the wait when the place fills up. As for the pie itself, I liked the crust, the cheese and the fresh basil. What there was of tomato "sauce" was bland. I think my biggest surprise was the absolutely terrible wine we were served. We each ordered a different $9 glass of thin, bad wine. I was really disappointed in the overall experience.

All in all, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Comments?

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    maeisner Feb 2, 2007 06:27 PM

    You are lucky you did not ask for a glass of water. When we did we were told the chef does not serve tap water but we can go buy bottled water down the street and bring it back. That was the last time we were there regardless of the pizza (which I agree was not life-changing).

    1. jenniebnyc Feb 3, 2007 04:10 PM

      Try Cafe Centosette around the corner on 2nd. We found this place one Sunday when UNA was closed and found the pizza to be delicious.

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        Bookistan Feb 3, 2007 05:09 PM

        I generally agree. I do think they have stellar pizza - the owner pays a wonderful attention to ingredients and technique. However, the last time we went, we had 2 1/2 pizzas (our daughter shared another kid) and a couple of glasses a wine, maybe a glass of soda. The tab came to something like $70 + tip. It's just too much for pizza, as much as I love good pizza. I'll probably go back, but certainly not if I'm on a tight budget.

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          keith Feb 4, 2007 12:40 PM

          Couldn't agree more. This is quite possibly the best example of the "Emperor's New Clothes" phemnomenon. Just because it has a cult following, strict rules, and is expensive does NOT make it good. I think the pizza is serviceable, but has far too much olive oil on it (in an unsuccessful attempt at authenticity) and is in no way worth the wait or the money. Turn the corner on to First Ave and go up a block to Luzzo's which houses one of the 4 remaining coal ovens in Manhattan and turns out a much better pie.

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            Buttercream Feb 6, 2007 12:55 AM

            I absolutely LOVE the pizza at Una Pizza Napoletana. I used to go 2-3 times a week until they raised their prices. It is VERY expensive for pizza, and one pie barely fills me up when I am very hungry. I have always had good service there, and the pizza is superb.
            With that being said, I go a lot less often due to the insane prices.

            1. Delucacheesemonger Feb 6, 2007 09:04 AM

              While my escort thought the pies were fab, l was dreaming of one from Moderne Apizza in New Haven. Found the crust adequate and the bianco good, wine was very overpriced. Fortunately brought my own peppers ( turkish malash from Kalustyan's ) as none of any kind are available or even if you want pie cooked well-done

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                Beau711 Nov 18, 2007 09:43 AM

                I tried thisplace again and the pizza is BORING and overpriced. I ordered the Margherita at $21 and I can truly say it was not worth the price or eating. I like to add my own ingredients like red pepper or fresh mushrooms. Well, out of luck here. What I was served was a plate of pizza with crust reminiscent of puffy pita bread that was burnt on the bottom, watery tomatoes and too chewy fresh mozzerella. The pie needed salt on some parts and was too sea salty in other parts. They now serve tap water in carafes but I ordered bottled water which is priced the same as top overpriced restaurants.

                The wait staff is polite but the pizza is exhorbitant for what you get and price never bothered me before. As the saying goes, I'll pay more for more but won't pay more for less. Rating C for pizza.

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                  JFores Nov 18, 2007 11:46 AM

                  Amen. This place is outrageous and the attention its getting is equally laughable. The service is an absolute -disgrace-. I understand the cooking time required to make pizza, but even seating, basic service, etc is agonizingly slow.

                  Another reason to Q train it out to Avenue J...

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