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steve h. Sep 7, 2010 05:08 PM

Deb and I went there after the Yankees, behind AJ Burnett, insisted on losing on Labor Day.

Outwardly, the shop hasn't changed much since last I visited (under the Anthony Mangieri regime). Motorino has brought some solid improvements to the table: decent beer and wine selections; very nice antipasti (I like the octopus and potato salad); desserts; prompt service.

What Motorino lacks is the same level of expertise that Anthony brought to the office every day. Crusts are good, but not as good. Sauce is a tiny bit too sweet, a smidgen too bright (acid). The cheese on my pizza margherita was pretty pedestrian.

Not a bad experience, just not as good as I remembered. No espresso? Not right.

349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

  1. pizzajunkie Sep 7, 2010 07:07 PM

    oh also Famous Joe's!

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    1. re: pizzajunkie
      steve h. Sep 8, 2010 11:04 AM

      Keste is next on my list. Keep us posted.

      1. re: steve h.
        pizzajunkie Sep 12, 2010 03:47 PM

        will do!

    2. pizzajunkie Sep 7, 2010 07:05 PM

      thanks for the review! i am anxiously planning my next trip to NYC and trying to figure out which pizza to try this time. I've done Bleecker Street, John's (Theater district location), and DiFaras. This place seems to be at the top of a lot of people's lists - along with Keste and Co. So hard to decide!

      1. k
        kathryn Sep 7, 2010 05:57 PM

        Oddly enough, I think the margherita is one of their weaker offerings; like you, I found the sauce to be too sweet and bright. But I do love the level of char on the crust and I think what they're doing is puffier and lighter than what Una Pizza Napoletana used to do (which is a plus IMO). My favorites are the proscuitto pie, spicy soppressata, brussels sprouts, or hot chili pepper (another special),

        Don't forget that in addition to prompt service there's also the fact that the pricing is much gentler than UPN's ever was. And they're open 7 days a week. For lunch and dinner! And late! And they deliver. And Motorino takes credit cards.

        349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: kathryn
          steve h. Sep 7, 2010 06:14 PM

          Bottom crust seemed a tad thicker than it should be, char was ok. It's a Rubik's cube thing, I guess. Our waiter encouraged a $65 bottle of wine. It's a good thing they accept credit cards now. The espresso thing is a bit of a downer. Still, that octopus/potato antipasto was mighty tasty.

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