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Neopolitan pizza on the upper west side.

annmorris Oct 26, 2013 07:51 PM

Can anyone suggest any really good pizza on the uws as good as Keste?


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  1. ipsedixit RE: annmorris Oct 26, 2013 07:59 PM

    Your best bet might be a Kesté’s off-shoot in Don Antonio.

    Not UWS, but close enough in Midtown (50th/8) depending on how "upper" on the west side you are.

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      annmorris RE: ipsedixit Oct 26, 2013 08:11 PM

      Thanks so much ipsedixit but I really do need to be uptown for this one for a friend. I live in the village and love Keste and all the other wonderful places to get great pizza downhere. So I've checked out Celeste and it gets pretty good reviews. What do you think?

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        ipsedixit RE: annmorris Oct 26, 2013 08:26 PM

        Never been to Celeste.

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          annmorris RE: ipsedixit Oct 26, 2013 08:35 PM

          Thanks again. I think I will have to manage my expectations on the uws. It's unfortunate but the food up there is just not up to par.

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        pammi RE: ipsedixit Oct 27, 2013 06:46 AM

        I don't believe Don Antonio is an offshoot of Keste, but the New York branch of a very well known pizzeria in Naples called Starita.I've been to both, and they are exactly the same-delish! But not exactly your desired location

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          kathryn RE: pammi Oct 27, 2013 07:06 AM

          Don Antonio refers to Keste as its sister restaurant on Facebook:

          And Keste also refers to Don Antonio as its sister restaurant on Facebook:

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            ipsedixit RE: kathryn Oct 27, 2013 10:48 AM

            From what I understand, Kesté's Caporuscio and his mentor Antonio Starita is the team behind Don Antonio. Starita being, from what I understand, sort of like the Godfather of pizza in Naples.

            In any event, I really enjoy Don Antonio, but unfortunately for the OP it's out of her range.

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              annmorris RE: ipsedixit Oct 27, 2013 10:59 AM

              Thanks for the info. And you're right why go to hell's kitchen when I have keste in the hood.

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            annmorris RE: pammi Oct 27, 2013 07:23 AM

            Yes I believe you are right and I've been to both as well. I tend to like Keste better than Don Antonio but then it's a lot more convenient for me. Have you ever had pizza at Sorbillo in Naples. Chef at Keste calls him "the master". Thanks for all your info.

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          kathryn RE: annmorris Oct 26, 2013 08:21 PM

          Buca? Maybe not amazing, but I'd manage my expectations for UWS Naples style pie.

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            alepenazzi RE: annmorris Oct 26, 2013 08:52 PM

            I think Fratelli La Bufala on 76 and broadway is your best option..

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              barberinibee RE: alepenazzi Oct 27, 2013 03:27 PM

              Is this a branch of the Salerno group? If so, do they serve any pizza in the style of Salerno? I happen to like it better than Neapolitan.

            2. LNG212 RE: annmorris Oct 27, 2013 04:48 AM

              Número 28? We think it's very good.

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                annmorris RE: LNG212 Oct 27, 2013 06:55 AM

                Thanks so much for your suggestion. We have one downtown also. Pretty good. Truthfully I'm leaning toward Celeste since it gets the best reviews in nymag. and nyt. Any comments anyone.

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                  LNG212 RE: annmorris Oct 27, 2013 07:18 AM

                  I don't think I've ever had pizza at Celeste. I think they are more about pasta (my opinion anyway) though I'm often with people who order fish there and they really like that. Celeste is often very crowded (don't think they take reservations). And especially early, they are very family focused. It's also a really tight space.

                  If you're looking for somewhere not specifically pizza, what about Cotta? Or Machiavelli?

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                    annmorris RE: LNG212 Oct 27, 2013 08:05 AM

                    We actually have our hearts set on pizza. We both love Margarita's and my friend is leaving for 3 weeks in India where pizza is not exactly a treat! Thanks for these suggestions though. We'll try them at another time. I'll try and write a review of Celeste if that's were we wind up. Love the conversation.

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                      annmorris RE: LNG212 Oct 27, 2013 09:23 AM

                      So it seems that Celeste is only open for lunch on the weekends so your suggestions are really welcome. I think we're going ot go to Machiavelli. thanks again.

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                        LNG212 RE: annmorris Oct 27, 2013 12:25 PM

                        They have live music there which is just lovely (but that might only be the evenings). If you like wine, they have a really good nebbiolo (sp?) by the glass. Hope you have an enjoyable time.

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                          annmorris RE: LNG212 Oct 27, 2013 12:39 PM

                          Thanks so much. We'll be there for lunch.

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                        annmorris RE: LNG212 Oct 31, 2013 05:58 PM

                        So we had our margarita's at Machiavelli. Acceptable but certainly not Keste. Next time I'm going to try Buca further uptown. Thank you everyone for your feedback,

                  2. rteplow RE: annmorris Oct 28, 2013 07:39 AM

                    I've heard good things about Buca on 103rd between Broadway and Amsterdam. Anyone know if it's comparable to Keste?

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                      annmorris RE: rteplow Oct 28, 2013 09:15 AM

                      Will keep that in mind should I need something uptown again.

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                        kathryn RE: rteplow Oct 28, 2013 09:23 AM

                        See the two links I've posted above for some commentary and photos. Looks pretty solid.

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                          jaba RE: rteplow Oct 31, 2013 08:16 AM

                          It's decent. From what I remember, the crust is great, but the sauce is bland.

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                            rteplow RE: rteplow Oct 31, 2013 08:44 AM

                            BTW, sorry I didn't notice the indefatigable Kathryn's mention of Buca.

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                            mchametzky RE: annmorris Nov 1, 2013 06:50 AM

                            Here's a place on Amsterdam, between 110th and 111th that was always a favorite for Columbia students. They have a full Italian menu, but I don't know anyone who ever got anything other than pizza. It had, we used to say "serious pizza".

                            Never been to Keste, so I can't compare. Crust is not as thin as I recall the crust at Totonno's in Coney Island. Maybe a little doughier (sort of like Papa's Trenton Tomato Pie versus Delorenzo's). However, it is, most definitely on the UWS.


                            If you do go, I'd be interested in hearing your impressions.


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