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Rubirosa - excellent first meal

DavyTheFatBoy | Jan 2, 201112:56 PM     4

Couldn't decide whether to try their pizza or ricotta ravioli. Waitress said it's before 5PM, so they serve pizza by the slice, why not have both? Glad I did.

The pizza came first. Basic margherita (they call it "classic), although I added roasted peppers. In retrospect I should have tried my first slice plain, I was so happy with the roasted peppers I may have missed other defects. I like pizza of all kinds, but I like dough - I favor neapolitan as served at Keste, and Company's bread centric offerings. This was a thin and somewhat crunchy crust, not my typical choice, but very enjoyable. Cheese and sauce were both in moderation (my preference) and were good. A little carmelized cheese taste (so good). A little char. I would have no trouble ordering one of their pies next time.

Except, the Ricotta Ravioli was outstanding. I was expecting big doughy blobs, and didn't have high hopes for the "zuchini and summer squash" in the sauce (with butter and parmigiana). Instead, I got beautiful delicate ravioli with a nice little pillow of ricotta. And the sauce was simple, understated, and what I would expect in Italy. Delicious.

For a pizza place the pasta was amazingly refined. I'll be back. It's across the street from Balaboosta, another place I want to return to more often.

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Balaboosta
214 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

Rubirosa
235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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