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Posted by BrooklynDavid on 02/15/2012
I'd grabbed a quick and well-made pizza here for lunch once before and so, when faced with the need for a good, relatively fast pre-theatre dinner, I stopped by Numero 28. I was greeted warmly and offered a seat at a nicely located small table. I ordered a bruschetta appetizer and a 14 inch San Danielle pizza, along with a glass of wine. The appetizer came -- quite good. Now before I continue, I should mention that (a) I was alone; (b) this was Valentine's Day. The restaurant got very busy very quickly, and I was asked if I wouldn't mind moving tables so that they could accommodate a party of 4. Of course! They moved me to a rickety table right by the kitchen and tossed the rest of my appetizer. The rest of the meal was cramped (I was right in the middle of kitchen traffic), loud, uncomfortable. The pizza was okay, but nothing really worth comment. They did comp me a second glass of wine, which was nice of them. But why is it if you're dining alone, restaurants feel they can get away with poor service? I certainly won't be back.
Posted by TheLIzard on 11/28/2011
I have been going here on occasion for 6 years. However, I have not been there for at least over a year until yesterday. What happened? No more italian girls, no more good pizza? Looks like the web site was updated (the old one was plain, with no menu, nothing on it) and the pizza was blah. Ordered margherita pizza with basil, and it came out looking like a suburban pizza, only in their traditional cigar shape. They used to pour on the red sauce, just add a touch of mazzarella with plenty of basil. I am so sad, it was my favorite place. Also, I found that a La Meridiana Ltd trademarked the place last fall 2010, so this is leading me to believe there is some change that took place. Does anyone know if owners changed?
Posted by rumsoakedcrook on 06/09/2010
Pizza at this place is great. Ingredients are high quality and the pizza dough has just the right squish-to-crisp ratio for my taste. Sauce has a clear and fresh tomato flavor with little heavy seasoning, which is also to my taste. Where this place falls down is on the delivery front. Forget about anybody picking up the phone. If you want to experience great pizza, you have to go to them.
Posted by Cameron on 05/04/2010
Can't really comment on the atmosphere since I went at lunchtime when the place was empty. That's probably also why I had no problems with the service, unlike some of the other reviewers on this board. However, I can confirm that the food is delish. Got a mixed salad with a super-zingy, lip-smacking balsamic dressing. The plain margherita 14-inch pie was excellent, and easily enough for two, but I was feeling especially piggy last week, and polished it off no problems. Main room seems a little dark, but maybe the experience is completely different at night. I will definitely be back for the food.
Posted by Pizza lover on 08/20/2009
The pizza was truly delicious, although I don't give it 5 stars because the edges came burned. The waitress who first served us was wonderful, but then it took forever for them to take our credit cards when they were read - slightly annoying.
Posted by ScottyJ on 07/24/2009
So my friends and I tried to go to the new hot stop keste. There was an hour wait so we walked down the street and smelled the brick oven pizza cooking. It turned out to be some of the best pizza i've had in new york city. Highly recommend!
Posted by pizzapazza on 05/04/2009
The pizza is without doubts one of the best in New York. But.. me and my fiance were almost completely ignored and received a rushed and somehow rude treatment because owners and staff were too busy trying to please fancier guests. Bring cash, no credit cards accepted.