Pizza Preview: Don Antonio in Midtown Manhattan

Don Antonio, the latest Neapolitan pizzeria to come to NYC,* is set to open Tuesday, February 7, in Midtown Manhattan. It's a partnership between Kesté's Roberto Caporuscio and his mentor, Antonio Starita of Naples' Pizzeria Starita. Caporuscio learned the ropes under Starita, who is vice president of the Naples-based Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani, an organization that trains pizza-makers. (Caporuscio is head of the APN's U.S. branch.)

It's no surprise that the menus at Kesté and Don Antonio are similar, but there are some exciting new pies at the Midtown joint — including the Montanara Starita, a version of the deep-fried pizza that's been cropping up among the newer Neapolitan places. Slice got a sneak peek at some of the items exclusive to Don Antonio. Peep the slideshow above to get the skinny.

Caporuscio will split his time between Kesté, and Starita, who is in town through March for the opening of Don Antonio, will eventually cycle through town to work at the pizzeria according to a schedule as yet to be determined.

The slideshow above is just to whet your appetite for some killer video that Slice/SE videographer Jessica Leibowitz shot. (She also did this great Pieman's Craft video with Caporuscio in late 2010.)

Don Antonio opens Tuesday at 11am.

Don Antonio

309 West 50th Street, New York NY 10019 (near Eighth Ave.; map) 646-719-1043;

See also...
The Pieman's Craft: Making Neapolitan Pizza Dough with Kesté's Roberto Caporuscio »
Naples: A Trio of Pizzas at Pizzeria Starita »
How Pizza Delivery Was Done in Naples »
Scenes from a Pizzeria: Antonio Starita's One-Night-Only 'Secret Show' at Kesté »

* But not the last. Stay tuned for Seattle import Via Tribunali.