Friday, September 05, 2008


Another perfect pizza posting from Matt...

It was a Friday. A fine day for pizza. Anrurada was in town and we were meeting up with her friend's Madhu, Sas and Elizabeth. I suggested we meet at a New York City institution down on Houston st. (That's HOW-STUN street for all you non locals out there.) Arturo's has been putting out true coal fired oven pies for 50+ years to a mainly local crowd, thankfully. It offers many other classic Italian dishes and since it is not a pizza only place it does not produce the lines that, what I like to call 'New York Institution' pizza joints typically do. As we entered, we passed a front room with bar and seating and into a similar size room in the back, of which I believe there were two, and many available tables.

(Erin says: the walls were decorated with all sorts of pictures and a jazz band was playing in the background...great ambiance.)

We opted for two pies, a fresh mozzarella and basil along with a peppers and onions. The bread that preceded the pizza was warm with a nice crust, the top bread I have had at any pizza place in the city. The pizza was fantastic. For me it was second only to Difara. I had two slices of the fresh mozz and could have gone for more. The crust is the best pizza crust going, just crispy enough and just enough char. Not inexpensive though, a plain pie is $21 and toppings are $4 each.

(Erin says: $4 toppings are ridiculous. Matt is a pizza purist but I had some of the pepper and onion pizza too. That is such a wonderfully classic pizza combo!!)

Welcome to New York. It is also a great atmosphere inside, very casual and relaxed feel.


Blogger Anuradha said...

Thanks for the review, Matt. Honestly, I haven't been able to bring myself to eat pizza elsewhere since that evening at Arturo's -- it was THAT good!


2:47 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Can't wait for you to come back and continue the pizza tour with us. DiFara or Franny's needs to be your next stop:-) (Franny's review coming soon)

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know what you mean. Its tough to not become a 'pizza snob' after eating such great pizza we have had in NY.

Yeah I say we do Difara when you return. Sometimes there's a man, I wont call Dom a hero, b/c what is a hero...but sometimes there's a man...sometimes there's a man....

11:18 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

To Erin and the Pizza Expert: You have to come visit Minn/St. Paul! You have to try Punch Pizza, which we believe is the best pizza in all of the Twin Cities!

11:15 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

A spring visit to Baby Sanderson and Punch Pizza...hmmm that has potential:-)

8:10 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I love it! That would be great!!

9:28 AM  

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