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Posted by Anonymous on 11/12/2005
Hot pizza + cold brooklyn lager. Need i say more? The pizza was very good- for those of you who are particular about pizza, it's the type with sauce on top of the cheese. The crust is not too thin not too thick, with nice blackend spots from the charcoal oven. Also, it has a nice neighborhood restaurant kind of feel- not a tourist trap at all.
Posted by Big Pete Zaita on 11/10/2005
I know NYC pizzas like no one's bizness. And Arturo's ranks up with the best. It isn't Grimaldi's or Lombardi's overall, but close, and somedays it seems better than both. While those two have bread/crust that cannot be denied, Arturo's is damn good and is it's own thing; unique. Arturo's has a most fantastic sauce, and all toppings are excellent. Throw in for good measure the music, real NYC atmosphere (including hideous paintings), Village location (just north of SoHo) location, and the smells of the place, and it's just grand. I actually rank it slightly better than John's on Bleecker as John's often puts too little sauce on their pies and the crust can be subpar at times (inconsistent). Also, Arturo's is excellent delivery pizza, which some of the other brick/coal oven places are not. Oh, and Arturo's has a bathtub in the bathroom. Bring it on.
Posted by moosekarloff on 08/31/2005
Next to John's of Bleecker Street, this is the best downtown coal oven pizza I've ever had, and as I've lived in Manhattan for 18 years, I've sampled virtually all of them. The pizzas come out of the kitchen piping hot, and they are generally very well prepared. The crusts are a little brittle for my taste, but the toppings are fresh and first rate. The restaurant has a loud, busy, friendly atmosphere, but it's comfortable. The entries look well tempting, but I haven't eaten anything besides the pizza there in about 20 years, so I can't speak about good they are these days. The nearly constant live jazz played there for background is a major plus. Service is very good. The bar is cozy and well tended. There are two drawbacks. When you order a salad, they don't give you much for the price, and if you consider salad an essential compliment to coal oven pizza, this might be an issue for you (it is for me). Secondly, the prices are a bit high here. When my girlfriend and I ate there on August 28, a large pie with sausage, peppers, mushrooms and extra cheese, a salad (hardly big enough for two) and a carafe of the house red set us back $67, tax and tip included. In comparison, we ate at John's of Bleecker Street just three weeks ago and the same kind of pie, a salad (more than enough for two) and a bottle of red wine, plus tax and tip, cost $50, which is considerably less. The live jazz music isn't worth the $17 dollar difference, especially when the food is better at John's. Still, Arturo's is one of my favorite spots, and the essential fallback destination for me if the line at John's is too long (the two restaurants are within easy walking distance of each other).
Posted by Anonymous on 06/28/2005
I absoutely love this place. The pizza is so great. My personal favorite is the eggplant pizza. The staff and the pizza keep reeling me back in. In the summer in love to eat outside. The live jazz on the inside is beautiful too. It has a nice 1940's feel inside. Not to mention you could buy the painting on the wall. I also like to leave messages on the chalk board in the restroom. Arturo's spells NYC!
Posted by localfella on 05/06/2005
I really love the "fiesta" pizza here. I get it delivered pretty frequently, and it is always really good. I do not suggest that Arturo's is the "best" pizza in New York. I think that debate will continue between pizza aficionados (in my view, Grimaldi's). But Arturo's is not exclusively a pizzeria. They have other good stuff also. But the pizza is the best thing on the menu. And the atmosphere couldn't be better. I highly recommend this place.
Posted by Downtown Diner on 04/25/2005
Everything from the atmosphere (rushing waiters, hot pizzas and a weird little piano player) to the piping hot pizza just screams NYC! I've been 15 times, and I'll go another 15. You just don't get better pizza than Arturo's, and they deliver, too!
Posted by A true New Yorker on 03/20/2005
There just is no better pizza in all of New York City! Great live tunes make this place magical.