Move over Eataly and Grimaldi's, there's a new pizza in the Flatiron District. This afternoon, Zero Otto Nove opened their first Manhattan location and the pizza did not disappoint. Roberto Paciullo opened original spot just off Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, more than ten years ago. Keeping true to the original, the menu at the new Zero Otto Nove offers the same selection of classic Neapolitan-style pies with a few non-traditional toppings thrown in.
The soft and chewy dough has an elastic feel due to the use of 00 flour. After cooking in a 900-degree brick oven for 45 seconds, the dough remains crisp (but not cracker-like). The Margherita pizza is topped with a tomato sauce made with San Marzano tomatoes, house-made mozzarella, and fresh basil leaves. The sweetness of the sauce blends beautifully with the fresh, creamy cheese.
The La Riccardo pie begins with a layer of butternut squash purée in place of tomato sauce and is topped with smoked mozzarella and pancetta. The earthy sweetness of the butternut squash complements the depth of flavor of the mozzarella in this pizza.
For those living in Manhattan, now know you can get a taste of Arthur Avenue without having to travel too far. In fact, the Flatiron District has gone from being a pizza wasteland to being a one-stop neighborhood for anyone out of town trying to maximize their New York pizza experience.
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