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Feb 2, 2007 06:09 PM

Much ado about Nothing: Una Pizza Napolitana

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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  1. 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. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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.