Restaurants & Bars

Antica Pizzeria

NAspy | Mar 13, 2006 06:26 PM

The numerous posts on this board plus the added intrigue of the restaurant's certification as an authentic purveyor of Neopolitan style pizza led us to take ourselves and three kids to Antica for a pizza dinner Saturday evening.

The photos posted made the place seem a lot larger than it is, so in retrospect it was very lucky I made reservations for 6:15 PM, as our reserved table was the only one vacant when we got there (about 5 minutes late). There are maybe 10 tables in the whole place, and very tight together.

The service is a bit desultory, but very friendly. We waited at the hostess stand for several minutes before someone showed up, but it turned out she was arranging a table to be wheelchair accessible, so it was no big deal. What was interesting was that an older man behind the take out counter who looked like an owner type, did nothing to let us know that we would be taken care of in a matter of moments, so we really didn't know how long we were going to stand there waiting for someone. By the way, the counter has a bunch of little signs advertising what look to be very good sandwiches and I wondered how they might stack up against Bay Cities famous subs.

Once seated, the service remains a bit ad hoc. When you ask for something you get it, but you have to ask for just about everything(more place settings, water, extra plates) but they did bring the bread on their own initiative. Once ordered, drinks came very quickly, but the large salad we ordered for the table was a good 15 minute wait and the pizzas and pasta a bit longer than that.

The food is very good -- we enjoyed the Mediterranean salad which could have come with a bit more goat cheese, but the black olives and balsamic vinaigrette were very nice. WE don't expect mind-blowing experiences from salads at pizzerias and this one certainly was more than adequate.

Two of the kids shared the kids' pepperoni pizza -- these girls are so used to Dominos or whatever it is their school caters that they prounounced it "odd," and "different tasting." The reality was, the tomato sauce and the cheese were so much fresher, and the crust so much lighter and thinner that this pizza resembled its burly American relative hardly at all.

The rest of us split a Pizza Margarita and rigatoni with Italian sausage and broccoli rabe. Both excellent, though the pasta tasted better the next day, IMO.

Excellent desserts: panna cota, tartufo and a variety of gelatos were all very pleasant ways to end the meal. They also have a decent (5 or 6) selection of wines by the glass.

I think Perceptor commented that the crust was still not thin enough for his taste, but both of our pizzas had crusts so flimsy they barely held their minimalist toppings. NY pizza has a firmer crust, but it can hardly be thinner than these.

We liked this pizza and pasta very much and will return.

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