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Posted by Renee on 02/28/2010
As a newly diagnosed celiac, I had quickly grown tired of my own failed pizza experiments. I broke down and paid $19 for a personal shrimp and gruyere cheese wheat-free pizza, which in my estimation was DIVINE. I must have inhaled it! I haven't tried the risotto, and from the reviews here, it looks like I made the right move. Anyway, the pizza was soooo worth the trip. While I waited for the pizza, the waitstaff brought out these wonderful hot-out-of the-oven breadsticks, which were just melt-in-your-mouth good. I was delighted while I read my book and was doted on by my servers. Here's the rub: the atmosphere is confusing in that its not congruent with the type of food they serve. Risotteria is set up like a diner with tight seating and super loud fun music. The thing is, their menu is not made up of diner food, but of gourmet pizzas and risotto, which is more like brasserie food. I think the reason I inhaled my food so quickly was in part because it was so delicious, but also because Elvis blasting in the background instinctively makes you eat faster. The service, which was excellent by the way (kind, well informed, accomodating) also responds to the music, by rushing you along. I don't think they're aware they do this. Again, the music! So, in my humble opionion - two thumbs up for the food, but not the place for an intimate or long discussion on say, War and Peace.
Posted by anonymous on 12/03/2009
I went to Risotteria with my friend yesterday. We ordered the three-mushroom risotto and the risotto with chicken and zucchini. Both were bland and tasted like oatmeal or porridge. The breadsticks were really good, but after that, everything went downhill. VERY underwelming. We are SO not going back.
Posted by stacie on 08/14/2009
I visited Risotteria yesterday and felt compelled to write about it today. The restaurant is quite small but charming with a nice view of Bleeker Street for prime people watching. Our server was attentive, knowledgable, and charming. The bread sticks on the table were delicious. light, airy and a bit cheesy. I ordered one of the olive puree pizza's with an arugala salad. Both were tasty and ample. My companions all ate from the non GF menu and enjoyed their dishes as much as I did mine. I took home quite a few items to enjoy later!! I would recommend this restaurant to celiac and non celiac patrons. My bill for 5 people was under $60, this is to me, unheard of in NYC.
Posted by mrsmoyer829 on 07/22/2009
I have just recently become a gluten-free dieter, and when I heard about Risotteria, I couldn't wait to try it. It exceeded my expections! It's an adorable little NYC stop, and the food is fabulous. You would never know it was gluten free. It was so exciting to be able to eat pizza and not be in pain immediately after the meal. I look forward to more visits, and commend them on a job well done!
Posted by michelle_uk on 07/17/2009
I visited NYC for the 1st time last year. I did my research of suitable places for GF people to eat at. This was the one i chosen. I went twice during my trip. I loved it. Was great being able to order what i wanted without explaining my dietary requirements. I had the Bread sticks on both visits, they are to die for. delicious. The pizza is lovely. I got a muffin to take out and a bottle of wine. The second time we went i had a diferent pizza and took a pannini out for my journey home. I would recommend anyone who requires a GF diet to come here. It is GF heaven x
Posted by Anonymous on 07/07/2009
The wait staff in this restaurant have unpleasant attitudes and seem to be more interested in talking to one another than serving customers. For a restaurant that is reported to cater to those with specific food allergies they don't do such a hot job. Lots of "extra" charges seem to occur and the main focus seems to be getting you out of the restaurant as fast as possible. Also would it kill them to get a simple fan in the restaurant so you don't have to feel like you are dining inside of an oven.
Posted by julietta on 04/01/2009
gluten-free pizza= 4 very tiny okay tasting unfilling triangles. was very over priced. in this sad world you just want a decent pizza.