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La Nonna Pizzeria Trattoria Paninoteca
Posted by ALS on 08/06/2012
I've lived in Williamsburg for 5 years and La Nonna is by far the best place on the block. Don't get me wrong, I can definitely appreciate a thick, greasy slice from Anna Maria at 3 o'clock in the morning on a Saturday, but if you're looking for tasty, quality pizza, La Nonna is your place. I'm embarrassed to say that we typically order the Pizza Al Pollo once a week; the combination of their awesome marinara sauce, chicken cutlet, cheese and fresh basil is ahhhmazing. We once ordered the Pizza Ramona by accident, but it's equally as good and the arugula makes it so fresh tasting. We've ventured out to pasta and other pizzas, which have all proven to be fantastic. While the food is great, the restaurant itself is nothing to write home about. The tables are on top of each other and with narrow aisles and walk ways, the heavy traffic going in and out for pick-up and delivery makes the eat-in dinning experience a little less than desirable. I would definitely recommend picking up the food or having it delivered. My only other complaint about the restaurant is the management. There is one small, middle-aged man with an accent who often runs the register. We have witnessed him being extremely antagonizing and impatient to patrons who take their time when ordering or who ask too many questions about the food or who are unsatisfied with service. He certainly does not believe that the customer is always right, which is fine if customers are jerks, but that has never appeared to be the issue even in the brief moments of waiting for out takeout to be ready.
Posted by Graham Girl on 01/10/2012
The food is great here--amazing homemade pasta and pretty good personal pizzas--but the service leaves a lot to be desired. The waitress was very rude when I asked her to make me a new iced latte because she sprinkled chocolate on it (I'm allergic), and we weren't even told about the specials (and when I heard them repeated to the table next to ours, they sounded delicious!). The wait was long, as usual, and I don't think they serve free water anymore--it wasn't brought out to us when asked. It's such a tasty place but if they don't improve their service I won't be going here anymore.
Posted by anonymous on 12/21/2011
Great food and a neighborhood staple, but the delivery service has deteriorated greatly. What once was a 30-45 minute wait is now over an hour and half. I am always told 45 minutes to an hour and the food not only gets delivered much longer, but the pizza and pasta is usually cold and the salads are completely wilted.
Posted by anonymous on 09/02/2011
Myself and my partner are frequent patrons of La Nonna and each time we dine there, we are never disappointed. The chef prepares at least six or seven different specials every day, each authentic and not the typical Italian fare. There is always a homemade pasta, seafood, meat and poultry dish that is prepared with the freshest of ingredients and if you want to sample the food in Italy without going there, this is the place to come. Excellent food and friendly and courteous service.
Posted by Visitor from Ireland on 02/25/2011
Just over from Ireland for a short visit to New York and having been here a few times before and was dissapointed with some pizza places on previous visits, I was very impressed with the pizza's we had at La Nonna, everything a pizza should have with no overkill. Staff very friendly and helpful. Simple yet expertly made pizza with lovely toppings. Would recommend this to anyone staying or visiting the area.
Posted by marco on 02/05/2011
I've always wanted to try this pizzeria because I always look for authentic pizza (I'm from Italy) and my friends were telling me how good La Nonna's was. So I finally tried it and I must say that their pizza is pretty average, it tastes just like take-out pizza. I also gotta say that their staff has a big attitude! There are much better pizzerias in the area.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/10/2010
It is true it is not original Italian pizza but a good American one. But it is not true that the pizza as we know today was originated in NYC. It was in 1889 in Naples to honor Queen Margherita. As for the pizza's capital of the world... San Paolo Brazil why over 6000 pizzerie and even a Pizza day to celebrate!