Wife & I gave new spot Krescendo on Atlantic Ave a chance last night after being open for about a month now. We weren't incredibly hungry so we just ordered 2 pies. The pizza menu was pretty reasonable and in-line with places like Sottocasa and Enoteca on Court, $13-18 or so for a personal 6-slicer. The waiters bring out a little cup of 4 olives to each table, which is nice, but it seemed a little strange to only bring 4 olives, and, for a chef who seems to be so well known for her baking abilities, no bread.
We ordered the margherita which I always like to try as a barometer, as well as the clam pie. We both agreed that the crust was all around very good. The sauce on the margherita sauce was sweeter beyond any I've ever had before, and the mozzarella, while tasty and high quality, was so sparse that some slices only had one or two quarter-sized pieces. Regarding the clam pie, perhaps it was unfair that my expectations coming in were in comparison to Frannys and Motoriono. In general it had most of the flavor I'm looking for, but was disappointed that there were small pieces of chopped clams as opposed to the previously mentioned places use of whole littlenecks. It was also covered in parsley, something easily remedied by picking it off.
The atmosphere was nice, I liked the classic rock playing at an appropriate volume, and the prices seemed reasonable on most of the menu. What we were both very disappointed with was the service. I was brought the wrong pie once, and my wife the wrong pie twice. It's not a major deal, except that there was a solid 5-6 minutes between when I got my correct pie, and when she got hers. The other pet peeve of mine was that they give you very small water cups, which seems to be a trend recently. There were 2 or 3 different times when we went at least 10 minutes with 2 empty cups, which just seemed a bit much considering it's not a very big restaurant. I'm not sure if/when I'll go back, especially since there's just so many great pizza options in the vicinity, but just wanted to report on the experience.
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