Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 08/26/2015
Photo: Demian Repucci
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204 E. 13th St., 212-598-3080, East Village, Manhattan
Pizza fanatics should hightail it to Bruno in the East Village. Flour is ground daily in the basement for elastic pizza dough that's blistered in a wood oven. Toppings are not your everyday affair—the margherita, for instance, is augmented by fermented tomatoes and finished with lovage in addition to the usual basil. Another stellar pie is crowned with 'nduja (spicy pork spread), cauliflower, sharp caciocavallo cheese, tomato and sorrel. The pizzeria's proximity to the Union Square farmers' market informs seasonal vegetable dishes, pastas and a dessert of olive oil gelato with charred blueberry compote, cashews, lovage and gladiola. The zeal behind this rough-hewn project (furniture is mostly fashioned from plywood) is the team of designer Demian Repucci and co-executive chefs Justin Slojkowski and Dave Gulino, who have gained a following from Box Kite (a tiny pop-up), Roberta's and Acme. The Italian and American wine list focuses on biodynamic producers and obscure grapes. Further setting it apart, an administrative fee of 20% is added to each check to help the restaurant pay employees a decent wage. Tips are not accepted.