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Ignazio's Pizza

Has anyone tried it? Looks like a nice place, and they appear to know what they are doing. It is only a matter of time before the controversy starts.

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  1. Well one thing for sure - he will be cashing in on the tourist trade in DUMBO, right around the corner from Grimaldis.

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      1. re: pellegrino31

        I went last night with some friends.

        Shared three pies: the white pizza, so delicious, and my favorite.
        the bacon, avocado, and tomato, i think it was strange to have avocado.
        the shrimp specialty pizza, also yummy.

        we drank a red wine from brooklyn oenology club, soft and good with the pizza.

        grimaldi's can't compare. why wait on that long line?

        1. re: brooklynfoodgal

          That is odd to have avocado. Glad that you enjoyed everything though. I've had his pizza up in W.Hartford and just haven't had a chance yet to get over to DUMBO to see how it compares but it's on the list.

      2. My wife and I (we live very close) have actually discussed waiting until at least 2 other chowhounds tried it first and liked it. Sounds like some positive feedback here. Being such a DiFara snob as I am (those who know will laugh) I find it difficult to venture forth with any 'high end' pizza. It so often disappoints.

        And hey, if it stinks we still have Una and Lucali!

        1. I finally tried Ignazio's last week. The meatballs were fantastic. We tried the three apple miso salad, which was "eh". The apples were nice, but the dressing was pretty oily, and the greens were way overdressed. The pizza was just "ok"--tasty sauce, but not enough of it. All in all, it was just OK--I'll probably stick with Fascati's for pizza.

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          1. re: yummymonkey

            Had the Sicilian (updside-down) and the Shrimp and Bacon pizzas a couple of weeks ago. I expected little given the reviews here and elsewhere but was blown away. The Sicilian I thought was far superior to Pipitone's or House of Pizza (and other places that do a "grandmother style" Sicilian). The shrimp and bacon was also very tasty, with high quality smoked bacon, battered and fried shrimp, and fresh arugala on top.

            It's pricey (two pies and three sodas came to $70 with tax and tip) but I thought the quality was there to back it up. I'm excited about trying some of the other non-standard pies.

            1. re: lambretta76

              Is the shrimp and bacon pizza a white pie?

              1. re: jen kalb

                Yes. Had roasted red peppers and mozzarella from what I remember, not too sure if there was a ricotta base or not.

                1. re: lambretta76

                  I just wish they did a clam and bacon pie - I would be there in a heartbeat. Shrimp doesnt do it for me.

          2. Went this afternoon for lunch and had a plain pie. We were the only non-tourists in the restaurant, which is oddly decorated in a quasi-TGIFriday's meets Morocco look. The pizza looked very good, and the service quite friendly, but the pizza was disappointingly bland. Cheese was rubbery, and the sauce lacked flavor. Probably would have been tastier with some toppings, but without it was just blah. We won't be back.

            1. Yep, disappointing. The sauce needed cultivation and tasted like straight canned tomatoes. The pie was soggy in the middle and uninspiring all around. Cheese, little flavor and rubbery texture. All over pretty forgettable. Too bad. Even Grimaldi's is better.

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              1. re: NYJewboy

                "Even Grimaldi's is better". That's harsh. Is there any decent pizza in DUMBO nowadays?

                1. re: vvvindaloo

                  No vvindaloo, there isn't. And this place ain't helping. Although I have no problem waiting on line at DiFara's, I have been inclined recently to go down to L&B's for squares, mainly for nostalgia. I long for the old days when killer pizza was no big deal.

                  1. re: NYJewboy

                    I respectfully disagree. I like Ignazio's and am thrilled they are in DUMBO.

                    They make a fine square, imo. I also think they have a very good white pie. Their regular pie is also good. I concur that the sauce is a little acidic and could use some more time to settle. I didn't have any structural problems with the crust. They take great pride in what they are doing as is evidenced by the open kitchen where they make the pies with exacting care. It may not be to your taste, but you can't knock them for not putting anything into it. They are invested in their product.

                    It is no Lucali, that's for sure. But does it have to be one of the greatest? Sometimes, it's nice to stop comparing and just appreciate it for what it is. I, too, am interested in "the best" but also fancy a good neighborhood spot -- it doesn't have to be destination pizza to still be good. Yes, the pies are expensive (15-17$, I think) so they do invite comparison to NYC's best-of-breed players -- I get it. I understand if it disappoints some who are seeking a true competitor for the holy grail of NYC pies. That said, it is not crappy pizza as some of the comments in this thread imply. You'd think this place is Front St. Pizza by the sounds of it and it is not!!

                    It is important to mention service and setting as well. The folks at Ignazio's are extraordinarily sweet and aim to please. We have been there several times with our three year old and they are very child-friendly and accommodating which is fitting for the neighborhood given the abundance of babies/toddlers. The setting is terrific. Although the decor is average, it is also not trying too hard which gives it an old-fashioned feeling and a relaxed vibe. More importantly, their view of the river and Manhattan Bridge is stunning. It is a pleasure to not have to get ripped off at The River Cafe and still get to eat and enjoy the view. Thus, the view is really the decor, imo.

                    Finally, we saw a jazz combo play on Friday night that was quite good. So, for me, pretty good pizza, a sick view, and a spectacular view makes for a nice night out.

                    In the end, it is a great place to have in the nabe and a fine alternative to the rough and tumble Grimaldi's where the lines are annoying, the service is gruff, they don't pick up the phone very often, and the pies don't travel well since they refuse to invest in pizza boxes and instead package their pies in those ridiculous paper bags.

                  2. re: vvvindaloo

                    why should there be good pizza in Dumbo? Its still primarily tourist territory.

                    1. re: jen kalb

                      Because I live here, that's why!

                    2. re: vvvindaloo

                      Hey--there's always Front Street Pizza.

                      Calm down everybody. Kidding. Kidding.
                      I'm in the neighborhood for 23 years. I really like Sal & Val.
                      I just shake my head at the lack of aspiration, ambition...years ago I came in one Monday morning after a weekend trip to Pepe's New Haven and started talking to Sal about how good the Pepe pies were. He had never heard of it. Then I realized it was about as tactful as telling your wife about the beautiful woman you had just seen on the street.....a) wifey ain't beautiful. b) there's not a lot of up side to telling her about your love of the beauty that she ain't. Move over little dog 'cause a big dog's movin' in.

                  3. I've not tried it yet (been meaning to), but in case anyone is interested, Alan Richman votes "no."
                    "The bad news: The pies finally showed up. The crusts were hard, flat, bland. Pie number one, titled The Pizza, consisted of insipid tomato sauce, decent mozzarella, and no noticable hint of the promised Pecorino Romano"

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                    1. re: ScienceMike

                      My favorite line from the Richman piece: " I wanted nothing to do with Ignazio’s". The hipster pretentiousness bothered me too.

                      And yes, the crust was rock hard.

                    2. Just tried it for the first time last night at about 9. There were at least 30 people lined up at Grimaldi's...Ignazio's was 2/3 full. I had a small pepperoni pie. It was certainly above average, but i don't think I would suggest that anyone should go out of their way to eat here. I had a few complaints: 1) the crust lacked a certain elasticity that I love, 2) no bubbles on the crust, and 3) the pepperoni was neither crisp nor concave (instead it was limp and oily).

                      Has anyone else heard the rumor about Domino's opening up in a vacant store on Old Fulton Street right next to Grimaldi's??? Just kidding.

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                      1. re: nyc123

                        I don't get the "hipster pretentiousness" line at all -- so a waitress had some tattoos on her arms and another wore cowboy boots?!!! Oh no -- better send them to Williamsburg immediately! The horror!!! And nerve. Those damn hipsters.

                        Give me a break. Head over to Clover Club -- that's a place with a "pretentious hipster" staff because they have a pretentious ATTITUDE, and they ALSO dress in habadashery. Tatoos and cowboy boots from servers at a neighborhood pizza restaurant who aim to please? Not the same. And I would say this even if I thought Little Caesar's made a better pie.

                        1. re: lazylghtng

                          It was not a matter of a waitress with so many tattoos that it looked like garbage was thrown at her, or the white dreadlocked zombie serving drinks. That would all be fine. It was a prevailing attitude of superiority over the dumb hick tourists. Yes, it seemed clear that the staff was there as part of a tourist industry, and thought it was 'ironic'. This is not the South Street seaport, and hopefully will not turn into that once the park comes in. My objection was that the issues of the staff made it uncomfortable to eat there, and I don't like being treated like a rube. Even if I was a tourist, and was a genuine hick from wherever, would I deserve a smug view down from on high? Especially when the lofty position in question is a trendy vapid fashion statement posing as a 'lifestyle'. I have no objection to there games being played in Williamsburgh, or wherever the 'cool' spot is nowadays. However when there is a crowd of honest passersby who just want a slice of damn pizza....they should not be treated as anything less than valued customers, and I got the distinct impression that at Ignazios there was an attitude of condescension for sure.

                          1. re: NYJewboy

                            No hipster pretense at Difara's, thats for sure :)
                            I understand what you mean about the rash of 'too cool for school' servers and pizzamakers on the NY scene in recent years. I am also willing to bet that we disagree on this, but Anthony Mangieri over at Una Pizza is #1 on my list of pretenders with a bad attitude. Talk about condescending!

                            1. re: vvvindaloo

                              He might be in terms of personage, I agree, but I think his pizza is beyond reproach. It is really outstanding and I love it dearly, even though it is too expensive.

                              1. re: NYJewboy

                                Jewboy, we have much in common. I, unfortunately, boycott Una because it is just too insane for prices. After the triple digit tab for 2 with no wine, that was it.
                                His pizza is one of only 2 I eat in NYC(with only one or two that I have not tried that I am possibly willing to give a turn).
                                Anyone who says his pizza is not at least very good is bitter or has no clue. Unless you receive a burnt one and then you are a sucker for accepting it for those prices.
                                Actually, I don't much care for rubes or hicks or people with no knowledge or who do not care to improve their knowledge. They go somewhere for the name, you could serve them anything. I only eat at certain spots, they should go to Pizza Hut or Cheesecake factory, they do not care since they go back there when they return whence they are from.
                                That said, I do not care for inked up hipster aholes either. As if they know anything about great food.
                                Now that I have vented far too much for absolutely no reason, might you respond to a question I have, particularly for you?
                                You are a fan of Chola and Dhaba and Southern Spice. I used to like Chola. Never superior but at least good. I do not care much for it anymore and have not been to Dhaba but do you find S Spice much better than those choices or maybe even much better than Chola a few years back?
                                The raves for S Spice are plentiful but the very recent ones are not quite so and I might make a trek out there this weekend if I hear it is really worth it. Thanks much.

                                1. re: dietndesire

                                  dietndesire: I agree 100%. Chola has taken a turn downhill. It was once staggeringly good, but remember, they own so many spots all over the place that it is ALMOST a 'chain' joint. I attribute the downturn to a possible chef rotation in their many places. Either way, the midtown joint is a shadow of its former glory.

                                  I have been to Southern Spice a few times and loved it. Possibly my rec might be subjective because I am nuts for the way they make certain dishes (which are huge favorites for me and my wife). Their chana masala, breads, and biryani are all EXACTLY the way I like them. I cannot abide by bland biryani at the Paki places. These guys do it right. I cannot vouch for the buffet because I do not eat at buffets as a rule. I have never had one that was better than ala carte.

                                  Hope that helps and answers your question.

                                  1. re: NYJewboy

                                    I have to say... I waited for my pie for a very, very long time... (I hoped the food would be worth the wait), but the pizza was disappointing. Not bad but definitely not great (and this is Brooklyn! We do pizza better!). Next time I'll battle the tourists and stand in the line at Grimaldi's.

                                    1. re: bread for breakfast

                                      Maybe you could battle the line at Lucali's, even better!

                                      1. re: bread for breakfast

                                        NYJ and I don't agree on much other then DiFara and Peter Luger's but he is correct about what line you should wait on. I would not wait on line at Grimaldi's and only go there at off hours with the hope they will care enough to cook the pie correctly. Lucali's was great and you can call them, they will put your name on a list and tell you when to arrive.

                                        1. re: stuartlafonda

                                          And they do it for pick up (my favorite). Many a fine pie have been gobbled up in my car.

                                    2. re: dietndesire

                                      DIETNDESIRE: What a surprise, another nasty rant from you. There are more then two places to eat great pizza in NYC and those of us that believe that are not deserving of your scorn and derision. DiFara, Totonno's,Patsy's East Harlem, Lucali, Nick's,Lou and Earnie and L&B are all worthy places to eat pizza. BTW, don't go to far out of your way for Southern Spice, way overated, but then I still enjoy the Chola midtown lunch buffet so good luck on your visit to S.S..

                                2. re: NYJewboy

                                  This is totally preposterous. I love how you are griping about an air of superiority in the same sentence that you refer to tourists as "dumb hicks." You state that it has nothing to do with appearance, but then sling mud over tatoos (comparing them to garbage) and dreadlocks (on a white guy?!! OH NO!!) and "trendy vapid fashion statements," etc. You seem to have some pent up hostility towards hose who dare to look different and it is clearly manifesting itself here and that is unfortunate, especially to those who have not visited Ignazio's and are buying into this intolerant and distorted point of view. It comes off as very angry, and, frankly, old and cranky. I'd hate to see how you feel about Vinegar Hill House or The General Greene which makes Ignazio's look like Aunt Bee's house in Mayberry. I think a genuine issue with service, no matter how different our experiences might have been, is fair game...but to claim injury to insult because the offending party looked a certain way is pretty weak. I don't care if it's a fauxhawk & handlebar moustache server at The General Greene or a prim, proper, stuffy Euro matire'd on the Upper East Side, a tool is a tool. Taking potshots at appearance is so easy and it only serves to dilute your feelings.

                                  It's funny because I have no affiliation with the place. I don't think it is transcendent by a far stretch, but I like it just fine for what it is. I have been there with my family 4 or 5 times and have interfaced with the staff in question and consistently walked away feeling that we were treated kindly and well.

                                  So I say to anyone who has yet to hit Ignazio's, don't let this dissuade you from patronizing the place. You can be your own judge and let us know if you felt the service was sweet or condescending. Hopefully, you will go with an open mind and a measure of tolerance for somebody who might look different than you.

                                  1. re: lazylghtng

                                    I shot the dumb hick line in to mock those (at Ignazios) who apparently seem to feel this way. Sarcasm. I like the dumb hicks :)

                            2. We went to Ignazio's last night for the first time after a friend had recommended it. The location is spectacular, the pizza is fantastic but the real treat is the live jazz that made us feel we were in some classic NY movie! We will definitely be back...

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                              1. re: brookpark

                                Sorry, but as tasty as it is, I will continue to refuse to find $20 for a plain cheese pizza and $10 for a small and completely ordinary romaine salad acceptable. $70 for two pizzas, a salad and a couple of lemonades? $70? And delivered with what is all-too-commonplace mediocre NYC service? It pisses me off that we've collectively come to accept that as tolerable.

                                1. re: ftrain

                                  "It pisses me off that we've collectively come to accept that as tolerable"

                                  I would NEVER accept those outrageous prices! This NYC. There are a gazillion pizzarias Do some research and find a better deal. A fellow 'Hound, stuartlafonda, just posted that really good pizza can be enjoyed at Patsy's for the great price of $11 a pie..
                                  Last week (with a coupon) we had a lg pie, lg order of baked ziti, lg salad and 2 ltr bottle of soda, delivered for less than $25.They even threw in a doz garlic knots. While it wasn't DiFara's, it was very good.

                                  1. re: Tay

                                    Tay, I saw Stuart's post and intend to give that Patsy's location a shot. Glad to see I'm not alone in finding these prices for pizza absurd.

                                    1. re: ftrain

                                      You're not alone. As much as I love a good slice and as fortunate as I am to afford the cost, I just refuse to spend that much money on pizza.

                              2. Website seems down, is this place closed?

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                                1. re: ratbuddy

                                  I think there was hurricane damage. They were redoing the floors last week. Looks like they are still in business.

                                  1. re: ratbuddy

                                    It was open two Sundays ago for lunch.