Montanara on Ludlow
Well, it's here, in what was the Poutine space, and it's as yummy as it is in Forcella: same owners, with the tall, bald bearded one keeping an eye on things in the front. They had a soft opening last Sunday, and they were GIVING AWAY FREE PIZZAS! I scored a couple before work; happy-making! I think their red sauce is damn near perfect.
Their official opening was this past Wednesday, and I tried the porchetta sandwich: porchetta, fresh mozz and smoked mozz on their fried bread. It was a real gutbomb, and a good deal for $10, but...surprisingly bland. Could've benefited from a couple of spoonsfull of that red sauce.
Mere steps away from work, and the montanara pizza is $7 (or maybe $8?). I'll be a regular.
Don't confuse this place with another new pizzeria on Ludlow Street-via Tribunali, named after the street in Naples that has multiple pizzerias. It's cute looking ,but I didn't think much of the pizza,which had a wet texture in the crust. I went at lunchtime, looking for Montanara,but it was closed. so I went to via Tribunali. my suggestion-wait until dinner and go to Montanara. I tried this fried pizza in Naples(Staritas,etc) and thought it was amazing.
Nothing bad to say about this place at all, except that you can't get ice in your tap water (or I couldn't, anyway). Early-ish on this Saturday evening, it was about a quarter full and staffed by exactly two guys. I had an $8 mushroom pie, which was the perfect size & the perfect price. The sauce was light and fresh, the crust puffy, evenly cooked, slightly sweet (in a good way), and nearly greaseless. And the mushrooms were pre-roasted or pre-sauteed or pre-something, which is how I like my mushrooms. There's also a good deal available for appetites greater than mine: appetizer, pizza & dessert for $11.
Oh, and I fixed the running toilet in the bathroom. You're welcome, Montanara!