Saturday, March 19, 2011

Rubirosa

Rubirosa
For years now, no one other than tourists with out-of-date guidebooks would dream of going to an Italian restaurant on Mulberry Street. Then Torrisi opened, and everyone everywhere stood in line to get in. And now there's Rubirosa, an achingly trendy spot helmed by a scion of the legendary Staten Island pizza joint Joe & Pat's.

Rubirosa
The service is spotty, the tables awkwardly placed and spaced. But the pizza is so thin it has to be eaten to be believed. We ordered the classic with tomato sauce and mozzarella, sold by a reference to a fifty-year-old recipe on the menu, and the sausage, broccoli rabe, and pecorino. Somehow, despite the crust's leanness, each pie held its toppings. While we wouldn't go so far as to call it the "best pizza in New York," as New York magazine just did, we discovered that the occasional crunchy pizza can be satisfying.  

Rubirosa

4 comments:

Kate (Embarrassment of Riches) said...

We went there for the first time last night and split a Fresca! Roberta's, Keste, and Motorino are still tops in my book for pizza. I do want to go back, skip the crispy pie, and try their housemade pastas.

Jess and Garrett said...

Small world -- must have just missed you. And no, it's not one of our favorites either, but an interesting alternative.

thoughtfulplate said...

I went there a few weeks ago for the homemade pasta. Not Americanized portion for sure, but very fresh. Not too fond of the layout of the space, but it's a nice addition to the neighbor. Now I want to try Balaboosta across the street.

Jess and Garrett said...

We went to Balaboosta a while back --- the cauliflower and fried olives were both incredible.

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