We went to Pizzeria Molto for lunch today. It was pretty bustling at 1:00, all the booths were taken, we sat at the bar. The host(/owner?) was very friendly, made small talk. It reminds me very much of Tarry Lodge, both in its menu and the large marble bar, tile floor. Very old New York looking with the red leather booths, mirrors, etc.
Seemed like there was a very high staff to patron ratio, 3 bartenders, tons of waiters, at least 6 cooks that I could see. It ran efficiently, they've only been open 8 days, but it appeared to be doing well.
We ordered the fried artichokes and the calamari white bean salad tapas to share, and then the thin crust pizza margherita to share. After a few minutes they came back and said they were out of the artichokes, so we switched to the burrata w/ roasted peppers and prosciutto. Then they came back and said they were out of the burrata...doh! So we ordered the eggplant with mozzarella.
After about 10 minutes or so they brought the two plates. The calamari was sauteed with white beans, tomatoes, in a nice little brothy sauce. It needed more salt, but they had already left s&p shakers so with that addition it was very tasty. My only complaint was that the calamari was cut in long thing strips and it was very difficult to get on the fork! You almost had to use a little bread to get it on there because you couldn't stab it with the tines...definitely a balancing act! The eggplant was okay...very small, with a little mozzarella on top and some tomato sauce. I wouldn't get that again, but then again it was my 3rd choice!
We then split a thin crust margherita. It was very nice, crispy crust, a combination of tomato sauce and fresh sliced tomatoes, red, yellow, small, large, blobs of fresh melted mozz and fresh basil. It was very good (although not as good as Tarry Lodge's guanciale fried egg truffle pizza, but few things are).
We saw a ton of pizzas going by, they seemed to all be thin crust, but I'm not sure if the NY style looks any different, so it might have been both. Everyone seemed happy, food looked tasty.
They do not take reservations, and are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. I don't know why people think this isn't a place for kids...(pizza? pasta?)...I wouldn't go with a 3 year old at 8:00, but I think on the early side it would be absolutely fine. We generally don't go to dinner to places that don't take reservations since we aren't big on waiting 45 minutes for a table, but we will definitely put this in our regular lunch rotation. I think they'll do really well, go try and report back!
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