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APIZZ report

mrnyc | Aug 30, 2003 08:57 PM

after spending the afternoon working in hoboken and then later ducking out of some rain at the PARIS bar in the seaport neighborhood for a beer we decided to head up to the big les wood-fired oven restaurant APIZZ. in sum, its a very fine restaurant. at six, it was about 1/3 full.

first they bring you great crusty bread and bowls of fluffy ricotta cheese and a spicy tomato sauce. you spread and dip---very tasty. we ordered a puglian wine by the glass, copertina riserva '98 i think $8(going by memory here). it was very heavy and flavorful, if a little raw.

we split an apizz to start, the goofily named 'rocket apizz.' however, the taste was solid, smoky thin crust, buffalo moz, procsuitto and arugula. comes as a big rectangle-sized pie that is easy to share. after all the walking around, we inhaled it. yes there are a few other appetizers, including salads, but you prob want the pizza here.

for mains, i had the chingale lasagna. wonderful boar and pasta, but it was very very rich. not that i left any. my spouse had the vegetarian lasagna, which she thought was fantastic. it had asparagus, zucchini and some other vegetables.

no desserts for us tonight. great service. a bit of a lag between the app and mains, but it was ok with us. cost was $81 for two w/ tip.

this is one of the best restaurants i can think of for a fall meal because they know how to use that open wood burning oven. and its cool for just some smoky thin-crusted pizza too. i'll be back.

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