Upon entering the hotel, the restaurant is on the left, and the lobby/check-in counter is straight ahead.
Pizza making with two wood-fired pizza ovens
Interesting light fixtures in the spacious dining room
I didn't take a picture of it, but the bloody mary ($10) is pretty darn good-- spicy with a perfect texture to it.
Bruschetta Stracciata: torn pizza bread, ricotta, pistachio, honey, $9
Anytime I see ricotta on a menu, it's a must order. This one's decent, but Locanda Verde and Five Leaves have better versions.
Funghi Pizza: fontina, hen of the woods, red onion, thyme, $18
Although I always love a mushroom pizza, this one felt like it was missing something.
Cappriciosa Pizza: mozzarella, artichokes, prosciutto, olives, egg, $17
It's nearly impossible to go wrong with prosciutto on a pizza. Add an egg on top of that? Done.
Patate Alla Carbonara: potatoes, guanciale (Italian cured meat), black pepper, pecorino, egg, $17
After taking one bite, my friend described it as the pizza version of cacio e pepe pasta. That got me excited. This is good. Especially loved the potato and pork bits.
Nothing noteworthy here.
Ice Cream Panino: salted chocolate biscotto, pistachios, mascarpone gelato, $7
This dessert was a little too interesting; innovative and unique, but gone wrong. It made me crave a chocolate chip cookie sandwich with vanilla bean ice cream, or something else really classic. The mascarpone/cheesy flavor didn't work with the salty and extremely crunchy cookie/biscotto. Ice cream sandwiches require chewy or softer cookies! Whether people are planning to eat with a fork or pick up to bite into, a crunchy cookie never makes things easy. We ended up with pistachio bits and cookie crumbs all over the table.
Overall, everything was decent, but nothing blew me away. I probably wouldn't visit again.
29 East 29th Street
New York, NY 10016