I checked out Risotteria on Bleecker this weekend to sample the risotto, but because I'm always looking for wheat-free options, I decided to give the gluten-free pizza a try instead. They use a rice crust, which is crunchy and thin, but also dry and tough in spots. The mozzarella cheese is not grated, but thinly sliced, which makes for uneven distribution when it melts. I ordered my pizza with grilled portobello mushrooms and truffle oil, and the flavor was delicious. On a scale of 1-10, I'd rate it a 7. There's a lot of variety in the menu, as well as a good concentration of wheat-free, vegan and vegetarian options, in addition to meat-based risottos, salads, sandwiches and pizza. A small salad I ordered with arugula, roasted beets and corn was fresh and wholesome tasting. And the gluten-free rosemary/olive oil breadsticks were a surprise -- salty and chewy. Really quite good.
Now for my complaint -- the space is cramped and overcrowded and the service is designed to hurry you in and out as quickly as possible. This is not a spot to sit, talk quietly and have a dining experience. This is a place to shovel the food into your mouth and hold onto your plate so that it isn't taken from you while you're still eating.
The service actually was good: friendly and helpful. But it was clear that they wanted me in and out in a hurry. I felt frazzled when I left, rather than relaxed. I will return to try the risotto next time, but not on a Saturday night.
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