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Daily Slice: Pizza Gruppo, NYC
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Beneath Stuyvesant Town on Avenue B lies Gruppo, known throughout Alphabet City for its solid thin-crust pizza. To be fair, Gruppo is not truly a slice joint, as it only serves individual slices at lunch and at Happy Hour. After 7pm the restaurant turns into a dimly-lit, slightly swanky affair with bottles of wine and it's individual and large pies only. When I went to Gruppo it was in fact Happy Hour (3pm - 7pm), so not only could I get an individual slice for $2.00, but since I was feeling really ambitious, I could get two slices and a Budweiser for $6.00. This was my lucky day.
The slice did not disappoint. The crust was thin and crisp indeed, although slightly chewier towards the middle, providing a nice contrast. They didn't skimp on the bubbly, stringy mozzarella, which got nicely browned around the edges of the slice, creating those key charred bits. There was a scant amount of tomato sauce underneath the cheese, although the dough-to-sauce-to-cheese ratio was right on due to their thin crust. I will definitely be back to try a whole pie, possibly the Shroomtown with mozzarella, portobello, shiitake, button mushrooms, and topped with truffle oil for good measure. Pizza Gruppo has effortlessly slipped onto my "Key Pizza Spots in the East Village" list and I'm already plotting my return.
About the author: Originally from Los Angeles, Erin Mosbaugh writes Je Blague, where she captures her food adventures in NYC and beyond. Erin also writes dining and nightlife features for Robb Report's New York City.