Kesté Pizza & Vino

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101 Best Casual Restaurants in America
101 Best Pizzas in America
Best Pizzas in New York
271 Bleecker St (btw Morton & Jones St.)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243-1500
Mon–Thu: Noon–3:30 PM Fri–Sat: Noon–11:30 PM Sun: Noon–11:00 PM

"This is it. New York’s #1," notes Kesté’s website. And in fact, that’s what the restaurant’s name means in Neapolitan dialect: "This is it." Six years after opening in 2009, it’s hard to argue that Kesté doesn’t belong in the conversation. This is the place you take Italians — better yet, Neapolitans — or anyone who has experienced Italy’s pizza culture, when they ask for demonstrations of New York’s Neapolitan pizza IQ.

It’s the same old scene: They sidle in skeptically, protest, complain, critique the menu, décor, you, and then they taste Roberto Caporuscio’s pizza. They catch themselves, begrudgingly and not out of politeness, noting it is close to the real thing — fine, at least better than they could’ve imagined. It’s as good a compliment as Italians can give.

It elicits that reaction for a reason; Caporuscio was born and raised on a dairy farm in Pontinia, Italy, an hour from Naples. He’s the U.S. president of the Association of Neapolitan Pizzaiuoli (APN — Association of Neapolitan Pizza Makers), the Italian governing body that teaches the 150-year-old art of Neapolitan pizza-making, and certifies adherence to authentic procedures.

Kesté has that signature chewy crust, the soft, slightly soupy middle, the balance of quality ingredients. Close your eyes and you’re transported to the back alleys of Naples. While you may not want to share it with your traditional-minded Italian friends, the eponymous pie with tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto di Parma, arugula, and Gran Cru olive oil takes the restaurant’s name proudly, and doesn’t let it down.

Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Pizzas in America 2015, 8/6/2015



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Never in this town have oozy blobs of melted buffalo mozzarella and bright San Marzano tomatoes frolicked in such ecstatic harmony, says the Underground Gourmet. Our pick for the city's best pizza!
Friday, July 2, 2010 - 07:59
go here and eat a pizza
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 08:02
For anyone waiting on line at the famous Johns of Bleeker street, we urge you to go across to Keste. This may be the best pizza you ever have.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 15:11
One of our favorite pizzerias in NYC. The burrata special pizza (available starting Thursday and through the weekend) is not to be missed!
Slice Pizza Blog
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 07:32
Awesome gluten free Italian style pizza here. Generous portions and we particularly love the Pizza Del Re with mozzarella, mushroom, prosciutto, truffle spread, and virgin olive oil. Mmmm.
New York Habitat
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 07:06
try the pizza!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 20:47
Best pizza in NYC!!!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 17:37
Food blogger David Leite recommends Kest Pizza & Vino. They feature pizzas, like the Pizza del Re, with fresh mozzarella, mushroom, prosciutto di Parma, truffle spread, and extra-virgin olive oil.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 05:46
excellent pizza made by an actual italian (Naples).
Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 19:39
Order the Regina Margherita. The pizzas are as spectacular as the service.
Monday, July 26, 2010 - 06:02
Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 11:16
Great Neapolitan pizza in variations both classic and modern.
Serious Eats
Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 18:33
Spring for the bufala mozzerella on the margherita. The Quattro Formaggi is a seriously intense experience.
Friday, February 3, 2012 - 06:31
Try the The Keste
Monday, January 3, 2011 - 15:04
There are some good pizzas here, but the margherita is a must. The tomato sauce is the star. Also, the pizza of kings is delicious.
Friday, June 11, 2010 - 09:05
I thought it wasn't true but it really IS the best pizza I've had in NYC.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 20:04
had the burrata pizza special, yum!
Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 17:45
My personal favorite is the pizza del re: mushroom, ricotta, prosciutto, truffle oil
Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 18:46
The Pizza Del Re is probably the best pizza I've ever had.
Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 16:37
The best pizza in NY, and probably the entire U.S.
Louise T
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 19:03