@ 7th Ave/Carmine in the West Village
My girlfriend and I meandered for a long time from West Chelsea to NYU and back to here looking for a place with nice ambience, good but simple food, and reasonable prices, and we were very glad to have stopped at Spunto last night. We had some very good pizza and excellent service.
We got the rotella and a large ricotta and basil pie. The rotella was young prosciutto wrapped around smoked mozzarella and arugula, sliced into six sushi-sized pieces and set on a pesto sauce -- very fresh and tasty. The pizza was delicious. Extra thin crust, crispy, evenly cooked, ample topping, also very fresh. I think the thinness of the crust is probably what sets this place apart. Really thin, which I like.
The beer selection could be a little better (esp. more local), but it was perfectly acceptable. They have Blue Moon, Stella, and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on tap, and about a half dozen bottles (incl. the obligatory Italian brand). Pitchers were $22, and if you get there for happy hour (5-7) you get a free plain pizza with the pitcher. Pretty good deal. The wines were pretty standard for a sit-down pizza place: $7-8 a glass and $26-30 a bottle (pinot grigio for $20).
I thought the service was perfect. Everybody was really nice without being obtrusive. We were encouraged to take our time, and it didn't feel like they were just saying that -- we did stay a really long time (practically shut the place down), and there was never any pressure to wrap it up.