Daily Slice: Plum Pizzeria and Bar, East Village
Daily Slice gives a quick snapshot each weekday of a different slice or pie that the folks at Serious Eats have enjoyed lately.
I'm not sure how to categorize the pizza I had recently at Plum Pizzeria, which opened in the old Cafe Brama space a few months ago. The pie was definitely not Neapolitan, and also not quite New York–style. The crust was rich, slightly dense and crisp, with a hint of buttery flavor. It was a bit thicker than you might expect when ordering what the menu calls "thin crust" pizza. It's a crust sturdy enough to hold generously portioned toppings without any tip sag.
We ordered a small pizza with fresh mozzarella and sausage, which was broken in tiny bits and scattered across the pie ($17.50). The sausage was well-seasoned and moist, with tons of visible fennel seeds. The highlight of the pie was the uncooked sauce, though, which was remarkably fresh and light; it had me wishing we'd ordered our pizza half plain.
Though this pizza as a whole is a bit heftier than I usually prefer, there was something deeply satisfying about it. In a sea of fancy slices and classic slices, Plum's pie feels homemade in an appealing way.