Co-owned by famed pizzaman Nick Angelis (Nick's) and Harry and Peter Poulakakos (Bayard's, Financier, Ulysses), Adrienne's offers Angelis's renowned round piesbut what keeps customers eagerly waiting for tables is the "Old Fashioned." It's a pizza that any Italian nonna would be proud to call her own, and those at Adrienne's exhibit the same bright, fresh tomato sauce; artfully charred crust; top-notch cheese; and stellar toppings that have made Angelis's two New York City Nick's locations favorites among pizza lovers.
We were keen to visit this newly opened joint, seeing as how Nick's in Forest Hills is one of our favorite pizzerias. Friend of Slice Sandro B. had left many favorable comments about the place, and after much schedule juggling, Slice city editor Seltzerboy and I met him there for lunch yesterday.
Sandro recommended we get three half pies, which he is wont to order, but we were sitting outside on Stone Street, reputedly Manhattan's oldest street and one that is closed to vehicular traffic in favor of an outdoor dining room for the various restaurants that call it home. No half pies outside, we were told. They're only available if you sit at the bar inside. Roll with the punches, we say, so we ordered two whole "Old Fashioned" pies, one half plainhalf garlic, the other half anchovyhalf sausage-and-onion. Each of us had our favorite toppings accounted for.
The problem with this pie was the crust. It was underdone (right) and exhibited a paleness not found in the earlier pie. For now, we'll chalk it up to the fact that Adrienne's (named for Harry Poulakakos's wife) is still working out some kinks. (Evidenced, says Sandro, by the fact that the menu and ordering protocol has changed several times since he's been going. Gone, he says, are the prefab pies that had graced the menu in favor of a list of toppings you can combine to customize your pizza.)
Will the not-as-good second pie stop us from going? Naw. We like what we've had so far, and seeing how it takes a while for a new restaurant to get its sea legs, we expect great things from Adrienne's.
Location: 54 Stone Street, New York City, NY 10004 (Financial District)
Getting There: Closest subways are the 6 at Bowling Green and the R/W at Whitehall.
Payment: Cash and credit
Cost: Square pies, $15 plain, $3 each additional topping; slices, $1.50, $2 for any single topping
The Skinny: Good "grandma" style pies; half pies (5 slices) available if you sit at the bar, $7.50, $1.50 each additional topping
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