'Tribeca' on Serious Eats

Serving Solid Pizza, Da Mikele Is Remarkably Consistent with Sister Restaurants

[Photographs: Adam Kuban] Luzzo's owner Michele Iuliano seems to be on a tear. Earlier this year he opened Ovest Pizzoteca in Chelsea, and not more than two weeks ago he launched Da Mikele on Church Street in Tribeca. (And that's all in addition to Little Luzzo's on the Upper East Side, which he opened in 2008.) Though it took me a while to come around to the original Iuliano joint, Luzzo's, it serves some very good pizza, and it's beloved by many a New Yorker (especially by expat Italians). Whenever a city favorite produces a spin-off, the question becomes,... More

Daily Slice: Saluggi's, Tribeca, NYC

A slice of red pie at Saluggi's in Tribeca. [Photographs: James Boo] Manhattan's Saluggi's, sitting unassumingly in the shadow of Chinatown, makes a good case for expanding the "artisanal" tag beyond neo-Neapolitan pies to include New York-style slices. When Jeff Orlick, author of the Real Pizza of New York iPhone App, tipped me off to this Tribeca newcomer, he piqued my curiosity: here was a whole-pie pizzeria standing up for the quality of a single slice. After confirming that Saluggi's offers its "red pie" by the slice, I hopped onto the N train for a taste.... More

Fried Calamari Slice at Portobello's in Tribeca

[Photograph: Midtown Lunch] The folks at Midtown Lunch find a calamari-topped slice at Portobello's Pizzeria & Sicilian Kitchen in Tribeca: How can you go wrong with that? Admittedly, for some folks you can go quite, quite wrong with this but Portobello's does an awesome job of cooking it well. Squid and octopus, in my opinion, are two of the most difficult piece of seafood to make edible and for me. I am really not a calamari guy. But this? This was good. Maybe it was the combination of the sauce and the crust and the cheese, or maybe it... More

Openings: Four-Foot-Long Pizza at Farinella

New York magazine reports on the opening of Farinella, in Tribeca. The pizzaiolo there is a Roman hip-hop artist who uses a "Tagliavini triple-decker electric oven" to turn out long Roman-style pizzas sold by the slice. Farinella 90 Worth Street, New York NY 10013 (near Broadway; map) 212-608-3222... More

Pizza at Ago 'Passes Muster,' Says 'New York Times'

The New York Times's food critic Frank Bruni reviews Ago in today's paper and makes a passing mention of the pizza in an otherwise dismal review of the joint. "Some of the other food passed muster. The best of the pizzas from Ago’s wood-fired brick oven had blistered, smoky crusts and thin sheets of decent Parmesan." In the Greenwich Hotel, 377 Greenwich Street, New York NY 10013 (at North Moore Street; map); 212-925-3797... More

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