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Posted by anonymous on 08/18/2010
I loved Una Pizza Napoletana, and tried very hard not to hold Motorino to the same expectations. Still, as others have observed, the pizza I had there was definitely undeserving of the hyperbolic praise heaped on it by the Times. I was more than willing to brave the crowds and the high prices of its predecessor, but the pizza at Motorino is not worth the hassle. While I agree with the reviewer who found the crust to be too puffy around the edges, the pizza here is by no means bad, but it is virtually indistinguishable from the other Neapolitan pizzerias that seem to have sprung up like mushrooms all over the city. For what it's worth, my dinner companion (who had never been to Una Pizza, and therefore came to Motorino with no preconceptions) felt the same way. Unlike many others here, however, I have no complaints about the service, which was polite and efficient. It was exactly what I would expect from such a frenetic restaurant. Don't blame the waitstaff for having to keep things moving; if you want to linger around the table after your meal, choose a place that doesn't have such a large crowd waiting for a table. In a word, the pizza was fine, but you can find restaurants with better ambiance, better prices, and comparable food in the neighborhood.
Posted by Jeff on 07/15/2010
Had to try this place out since it took over the space of my beloved Una Pizza Napoletana. Food was OK, though the pizza was uneven--some parts lacking in flavor, other parts tasty--and they really skimp on the tomato sauce, so it was pretty dry. The weekday lunch special's a pretty good deal though, $12 for a pizza and salad, if you don't mind eating an average pizza.
Posted by MPMAGL on 05/25/2010
Had a relatively good pizza experience...no Una Pizza for sure, but not bad... No better than the leagues of other Neopolitan pizza places all around. My biggest issue is that I was ASKED TO LEAVE after finishing my pizza. I was out with a friend, having a nice meal and it was ruined by a classless staff that 'needed our table'. All said and done, left me with a bad impression. Its a shame when the need to turn tables and make more profit kills a good dining experience..
Posted by st on 03/13/2010
we did have high expectations (what with Sam Sifton touting Motorino "the best pizza in ny"... what was he thinking?). We ordered a beet salad and 2 pizzas (margherita and brussels sprouts). The beet salad was ok, not bad but not outstanding either. The pizzas had perfectly nice toppings (if a bit underseasoned) but the crust was a starnge combination of too thin (which resulted in soggy) in the middle and way too thick on the edges. It lacked taste as well (my guess as an experienced baker is that the dough is not aged enough). All in all it's not my idea of a great artisanal pizza or even an authentic Italian style (I grew up in Italy and I know) pizza. As with all these artisanal pizzas it is also very expensive... which I wouldn't mind if it was really good. Personally I think Jim Lahey's Co. is vastly superior.
Posted by anonymous on 01/15/2010
The pizza at motorino is delicious especially the prosciutto di parma one and the cremini and spicy sausage. I've visited both locations and will continue to keep coming back. Service is always great at this place and i love the choice of music they play!
Posted by Gaby on 01/13/2010
I came to Motorino with 7 others on a very busy Saturday night. They don't take reservations, but after waiting only 15 minutes the staff had set a long table and were all ready for us! The servers were kind and accommodating, considering the size of our party and how busy they were. The pizza was seriously delicious. We had the sopressata, margherita, and the brussel sprouts, all were awesome. Thin crust in the middle with a puffy, doughy edge: perfection! Definitely the closest thing to authentic Italian pizza you'll find in NYC. Impressive and affordable wine list too!
Posted by Rob on 12/03/2009
Went to Motorino with a friend, I had the Margherita, he the Scamorzza. Both pies were excellent. The crust is light, thin and crisp but soft around the edges; the sauce tastes fresh and touch sweet. The cheese is top quality. The service was very good too.