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Buca Pizza on UWS?

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Anyone tried the newly-opened Buca pizza yet?
I've seen a few somewhat positive reviews online, but haven't been there myself...
Particularly wondering if their calzones are any good!

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Buca
201 W 103rd St, New York, NY 10025

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    1. Went last night for an early bite. We started with meatballs and a quatro formaggio and a margherita pizza . Meatballs were tender and tasty, nice bright fresh tasting sauce. Only complaint with them would be that there were only 3 of them, and they were smaller sized meatballs (1 inch or smaller diameter).
      Pizza's were fantastic, the quatro formaggio was a white pizza with spicy sopresetta. Fantastic crust, not too oily with the cheeses and the sopresetta, and good char.
      The margherita was even better. I think the oven was a little low when our first pizza went in, but by the time the second was fired, it was definitely up to temp. The crust had a few char marks on the top, and the bottom was nice and crisp with a few char marks as well. No flop on the tip of the pizza and it held up well as it cooled as well. Sauce was good, nice and bright, not too sweet, and the mozzarella was pretty good quality as well. Both pizzas had a perfect amount of salt, and the chewiness of the crust was spot on.
      The calzones (two we saw go out) looked fantastic. One was a dessert (nutella) and the other the only one on the menu. Both looked great, and I can't wait to give them a shot.
      The place is tiny though, and seemed to fill up real fast after we sat down at 6:30 or so.
      I enjoyed it as much as Motorino or Keste, when everything lines up, it's a really good pizza.
      Think I'll try and make it a pretty regular place on my pizza rotation. 103rd is becoming a greate pizza block between there and Sal and Carmine's. Two very different pizzas, but both very good in their own style.

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      Motorino
      349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: UWSEater

        Bettolona is much better up at 124th and Amsterdam, also owned by Cappitta. Honestly, I didn't like Buca very much in comparison.

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        Bettolona
        3143 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

        Buca
        201 W 103rd St, New York, NY 10025

      2. Thanks so much. will check this out and see if my friend can go that far uptown. If it's really as good as Motorino and Keste, that's saying something.