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Pizza near Radio City Music Hall

foleyd7 Nov 7, 2012 07:23 AM

Looking for pizza (lunch) within easy walking distance of Radio City.
I've searched the Manhattan board a bit and Motorino was mentioned. Is this the best? Is it really walking distance? Any other suggestions?

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  1. iluvcookies RE: foleyd7 Nov 7, 2012 07:27 AM

    Motorino is nowhere near Radio City.... probably a 50 block walk.

    Midtown Lunch is a good place to start:

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      Alan Henderson RE: foleyd7 Nov 7, 2012 07:37 AM

      Don Antonio on 50th between 8th and 9th is approximately 33 blocks closer than Motorino and is quite good. Pizza Arte is on 55th between 5th and 6th and is also good, but I don't care as much for the space.

      1. Motosport RE: foleyd7 Nov 7, 2012 08:28 AM

        John's of Bleecker St has a place in the Times Square area W 44 St. Bleecker St location is excellent. Don't know about the W 44 St place.

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          kathryn RE: Motosport Nov 7, 2012 08:58 AM

          The West 44th John's is not good.

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            Motosport RE: kathryn Nov 7, 2012 09:50 AM

            I am sure you are right. I thought maybe some of the quality of the W Village location was passed on. Times Square is a vast wasteland of mediocre food for the masses of tourists who don't seem to get out and experience the real flavor of NYC even though it is so easy to get around.

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          alepenazzi RE: foleyd7 Nov 7, 2012 09:08 AM

          Personally, PizzArte is definitely the best in the area.. 55th and 6th av

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            Sneakeater RE: alepenazzi Nov 7, 2012 09:47 AM

            Strongly agree.

          2. foleyd7 RE: foleyd7 Nov 13, 2012 07:51 AM

            Thanks all! Going with PizzArte. Nice thing is, they take reservations for lunch so I know I've got my seat and will out in time to walk to my 1 pm show.
            I'll report back in December after we go.

            1. LeahBaila RE: foleyd7 Nov 14, 2012 11:12 AM


              1. NYJewboy RE: foleyd7 Nov 14, 2012 05:53 PM

                Let me break the bad news. Motorino is far and away the best. Just go there. Take a damm cab. Be late. Whatever. It is worth it. REALLY worth it. Try the sopprasatta picante pie.

                1. foleyd7 RE: foleyd7 Dec 11, 2012 11:55 AM

                  Just wanted to report back. Had lunch there on Friday 12/7.
                  Ordered the "FRITTURA ALL’ITALIANA" appetizer and 4 pizzas for 2 adults and 2 children (one of which eats like an adult). I was thinking the pizzas would be more "individual" size, but they were enough for sharing and we ended up with too much food!

                  Appetizer was OK, but some elements were a bit heavy and wouldn't necessarily get again. The Montanara was the star of that appetizer plate and worth ordering all by itself.

                  Pizza menu link for reference:

                  For pizzas we got the Margherita, Verace, Boscaiola, and QUATTRO GUSTI (which was a quadrant each of the Verace, Parmigiana, Tartufata, & Carrettiera).

                  All pizzas were good, but found the Margherita and Verace were best for their simplicity. We loved the brightness of the red sauce and those pizza's let it shine through.
                  Dough was good and light with a decent chew. We thought there wasn't much difference between the mozzerella on the Margherita (regular) and Verace (Buffalo), especially for the extra $3.

                  The Boscaiola was probably the next favorite, though the saucee got a bit lost under the sausage.
                  The Parmigiana (with eggplant) was also good.

                  The Tartufata and Carrettia components on my Quattro pie were OK... but I wouldn't get again.

                  All in all, we enjoyed and we would return, but skip the appetizer and just enjoy the very good Margherita pies with a glass of vino!

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