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Jan 11, 2010 04:33 PM

Motorino = pizza naan, in the best way

I just got back from probably the best pizza of my life at Motorino. In fact, I'm still smiling. We had the brussels sprout & pancetta and the soppresatta. Good lord, the way that the crust was all blistered and crispy plus the thin chewiness of the dough reminded me so much of naan balanced with the butteriness of the cheese. I think I have to give the soppresatta the edge despite it being slightly soggier just because of how the flavors melded together - the spicy salty meat plus the tang of the tomato sauce and the pillows of mozzarella cheese on top.

My friend agreed that it even rivals Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, which tops Best of lists nationally. My other friend said that this is the pizza that they serve in heaven. It was so good I can't wait to go again. Sadly we didn't get to try the dessert, but I'm sure I'll have other opportunities.

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  1. I really liked the brussel sprouts pizza too, only small complaint is that it is on the oily side. I had some to doggie back and when I heated it up in my pan, lots of oil came out. Was not as noticeable at the restaurant.

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    1. re: G3B

      MIne wasnt greasy, just very smokey. It was actually better the next day.
      My favorite was the white pie special with the proscuitto....incredible.

    2. HA! That's actually funny. I went to Brick Lane last night (first time), and when I took a bite of the very fresh naan, I thought "mmm.... this tastes like really good pizza crust..."

      1. not the best pizza of my life (that goes to a place in italy and pizzeria mozza in LA), but motorino is excellent, really like that place...agree with you on the crust that is the best part of the pizza, their crust is so good

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        1. re: Lau

          I <3 Mozza as well but I feel that Mozza's crust is just a little bit too bread-like (is there yeast in there?) whereas Motorino strikes just the right balance. I only wish they did a plain "bianca" one like Franny's: just crust, olive oil, and sea salt. Mmmmm.

          1. re: kathryn

            hmm thats a fair comment although their sage fennel sausage pizza is better than motorino (in my opinion) that said motorino is pretty awesome

            1. re: kathryn

              btw anyone ever try this pizza at motorino?

              not sure if the manhattan branch has it or not

                1. re: smokeandapancake

                  How does the crust compare to the Bklyn Motorino? Anyone tried both?

                  1. re: dhs

                    I hear the brooklyn motorino is better than the manhattan one....

                    1. re: smokeandapancake

                      Ok, thanks, I was hoping it might have been better in Manhattan. I have been several times to the bklyn location since I work in that neighborhood. I found the crust has improved since they first opened but the crust still falls short of my ideal in flavor (very good texture/chew). Looking forward to Paulie Gee's place opening in the general vicinity too.

              1. re: kathryn

                Well, as far as I'm concerned Mozza is 3000 miles away...

                The marinara pie is probably the closest thing you'll get-- no cheese, just some sauce and probably oil and herbs. In fact, kathryn, you may be able to ask them for a no-sauce marinara. The waitstaff there have always been incredibly friendly, given the popularity of the place.

                1. re: egit

                  well it is 3,000 miles away no question about that haha

                  just commenting on best pizza ever comment

                  1. re: Lau

                    yea why are we even discussing an LA eatery?! ;-)

                  2. re: egit

                    I actually don't think their tomato sauce on its own is that great. But we typically get at least one white pie, which makes me happy. :)

                    1. re: kathryn

                      and i thoroughly enjoyed the sauce....picky italian girl here. i have a hard time liking red sauce anywhere!

                      1. re: smokeandapancake

                        Hah. Did you try the soppresatta pie? I think the spicy soppresatta works really well with the pizza sauce, just don't like the sauce on its own.

                        My favorite white pie is currently the crimini mushroom and sausage. Not exactly heavenly like Mozza's sausage, but pretty darn close.

                        1. re: kathryn

                          hmm that sounds good, i might try it, im having lunch there on sunday

                          1. re: kathryn

                            thats the only pie we had that had sauce on it actually.
                            I wasnt a big fan of the sausage/mushroom.
                            My fav, BY FAR, was the special white pie with fresh priscuitto on top. Co. makes one that looks to die for. Thats next on my list.

                            1. re: smokeandapancake

                              The cremini and spicy sausage is one of the best white pizzas I've ever had.