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Posted by pizzalover on 11/06/2009
this is my favorite pizza in the city... and i've tried all the big establishments - grimaldis, lombardies, etc. the atmosphere is great and their pies are charcoaled to perfection. the pizza sauce is amazing -- mm definitely worth a try if you havent been!
Posted by anonymous on 07/07/2009
$29.00 for a large pizza with onions, peppers, mushrooms and pepperoni. that seems high to me, and i am a manhattan resident. also, we requested it be cooked well, but the entire middle of the pizza (about 1/3 of each slice) was so soggy that the crust was like mushy, soaked bread. kind of gross. the flavor of the pizza is good, but the quality of the cheese could be a lot better. the crust is hit or miss- sometimes crispy and flavorful, other times thick and hard with little to no flavor. wines offered are decently priced. the entrees look pretty bad to me (typical cheap over-sauced over-garlicked fare), but i have never tasted them in my 10 or so visits so i can't judge them on taste. the live music is a definite treat and the atmosphere is lively and pleasant in general- i'll give them that. but there is way better pizza to be had in nyc.
Posted by Massimo in Brooklyn on 10/11/2008
The pizza is ok, but the crust is too thick for my taste. You can get a good salad to go with your meal, and a small carafe of their house wine. It's a good value before you head to the movie theaters nearby, but nothing to brag about. They also have nice live jazz.
Posted by Rae on 08/13/2008
I had dinner at Arturo's last night with my husband & a friend. We started out sitting outside but the rain drove us inside. The food was great, the waitress helpful and friendly and all in all it was a very good experience. I was torn between ordering the pizza which looked so yummy and a chicken dish. I went with the chicken dish which was lemony, hot and fresh. My side order of brocolli rabe with garlic was huge and also delish. My husband had the eggplant parm and our friend has the special which was grilled shrimp with risotto and asparagus. There were plenty of shrimp on the dish and he cleaned his plate. The decor was definitely old school but in my opinion, it only lent itself to the charm. Service was good, the food was good, the wine was good - what more do you want from a restaurant? Next time, I'm definitely going to have the pizza.
Posted by Simone on 04/18/2008
Again and again I read about Arturo's "poor decor". Guys, this restaurant has been there for 50 years now. The never changing decor is part of Arturo's image which most customers love and apprecciate.
Posted by hd on 01/04/2008
I'm not one of those people that goes out searching for the best pizza in NY, but this has to be in my top 3. We had the bacon garlic pizza and it was awesome. Didn't have anything other than the pizza so I can't comment on those dishes, but the place certainly smelled good. The decor doesn't offer much, but there is definately something to be said for the free jazz every night. Not many other pizza places in NY offer that.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/02/2008
This place is very popular and I have no idea why. First of all, the place looks like it hasn't been redecorated -- or cleaned -- since 1973. Second, our waiter was very inattentive. He brought us a flat Coke in a can, which isn't necessarily his fault or even the restaurant's fault, but it literally took 15 minutes for us to get anyone's attention to bring another one. Third, the place is overcrowded, which isn't a big deal at most places, but it mattered here because waiters and busboys repeatedly knocked into both of us as we sat waiting for our food. At one point a busboy knocked me hard with tray full of glasses and didn't even apologize. It hurt! Maybe we would have forgiven all of this if the pizza was good, but it's nothing special. There are better pizza places in the neighborhood, coal-fired oven or not. On the other hand, there was good, live jazz music playing in the front dining room near the bar. It seemed like there were roomier booths in there, too. If you want to try this place, hold out for a good table!