Went to Apizz on the LES last night and was very happy with the choice.
The service that we received from our waiter was nothing short of outstanding. He was helpful and enthusiastic about the food without being overbearing or giving off the unpleasant vibe of salesmanship.
They have a full bar, so we started with a white peach bellini and a blood orange mojito. Both drinks were top notch and did not feel like afterthoughts in an establishment where the focus is the food.
They serve their bread (which is perfectly fine but nothing to write home about) with marinara and ricotta, so it's a bit heartier than your average Italian breadbasket.
Our waiter pointed out that they import their buffalo mozzarella from Italy and recommended that we try it, so we ordered a mozzarella, bresola, and roasted pepper appetizer. The cheese was fantastic -- intensely creamy with a wonderful rind. The Bresola was jerky-like, and the texture played well against the cheese.
Our main courses: a hen-of-the-woods mushroom risotto (dear god, I love those mushrooms) and the apparently famous meatballs were both tasty and filling. Neither were particularly innovative, but that was actually their strength, not a weakness.
The meal was so good that we decided to try dessert, even though we were stuffed. The apple crisp with vanilla gelato was fine, but skipable.
The final price tag with a bottle of wine and tip was $150, which is a bit steep, but the meal was enjoyable and I will be back. Apizz serves straightforward food that is carefully prepared-- no small feat in my book. The room somehow manages to be lovely even without windows, and our service was laudable. Two olive oil covered thumbs up.
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