Pulino's Bar & Pizzeria

Pulino's has quickly become the must go to pizzeria in New York City. It's difficult to get a reservation, celebrities are flocking in and it's constantly packed with people trying to get in to eat a pie. It was 11:15pm and we had just left John Varvatos Thursday Night Live across the street, so we tried our luck and sure enough Pulino's was a scene. People everywhere drinking and eating thin burnt end pizzas that looked delicious. I said hello to owner Keith McNally who was minding the front and congratulated him on his James Beard Award for outstanding restaurateur. His response "I don't get excited about many things, so yes." We were seated ten minutes later at a great table near the open kitchen. Sitting at the next table was Lou Reed and his entourage. Also saw Oliver Platt sitting in a corner booth with his wife. Pulino's Executive Chef Nate Appleman stood outside of the kitchen overlooking the dining room confident everything was running smoothly inside the ovens. Hungry from Rockin' Out, we quickly ordered.

First Up: Ndjua house made calabrian spreadable salami with grilled bread is truly good stuff. It's creamy and salty and goes well with a Carafe of wine. (but you might need more bread)

Next Up: Porchetta "Pizze" porchetta, tomato, red onion, mozzarella & pecorino.
Pork on pizza... what's not to love?

Last Up: Fazzoletti Al Forno with smoked ricotta, lamb ragu & pecorino.
Folded squares of baked pasta, a prefect ragu with a hint of gaminess to remind you it's lamb.

Pulino's Bar & Pizzeria
282 Bowery, New York
NY 10012
(At Houston St)

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