Slideshow: Chelsea: Ovest Pizzoteca (aka Luzzo's West)

Margherita
Margherita
I haven't had the Margherita pie from Ovest progenitor Luzzo's in months, but from what I remember, it's pretty similar. The crust here is very crisp, just chewy enough, and had an airy hole structure and a crumb with just a hint of moistness.
Ovest Exterior
Ovest Exterior
It's in the gallery/nightclub area of Chelsea — just west of Tenth Avenue on 27th Street. (Scores is just down the street.) As such, the look is sort of industrial-gritty-hip.
Ovest Interior
Ovest Interior
The interior is beautiful. A bar greets you to the left of the door as you walk in, and the space opens into an airy dining room toward the back. The wood-fired oven is the focus of the room. There are bar seats in front of the oven, if you're a foamer who gets off on watching people make pizza. (Not that we know any of those around these parts, right?)
Pizza a Cono, Plated
Pizza a Cono, Plated
Given my perceptions of Luzzo's going in, the one thing I really wanted to try today was the Pizza a Cono, since I am nuts about pizza cones. The Pizza a Cono is a smushed cone-shape crust stuffed with arugula, Parmigianno-Reggiano, mozzarella, and prosciutto. No sauce. Which is fortunate, because that could probably get messy. But I had one question about this thing ...
Yes, You Can Pick It Up!
Yes, You Can Pick It Up!
I called over the waitress: "How do people eat this thing? With knife and fork or is this supposed to be a handfood?" By hand, she said. "Like a gyro." So I packed the overflowing greens and tomatoes into the pocket and picked it up. Unlike some messier gyros out there, this took all the stuffing back in and conveyed it to my mouth quite easily. And, because there's not sauce, it stays crisp and leakless throughout the eatin'.
Pizza al Portafoglio
Pizza al Portafoglio
Unlike the Pizza a Cono, the Pizza al Portafoglio that we tried was by no means a handfood. Even before I attempted to pick it up, it was was leaking sauce and molten gooey cheese.
The Oven
The Oven
It's a wood-burner. What more can I say. It's the focal point of the dining area, and it's quite a beautiful little scene, with wood stacked to the sides of it and a nice chalkboard wall above.