Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 04/08/2015
Photo: Sasha Israel
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338 Third Ave., 212-889-4663, Kips Bay, Manhattan
Gifted chef Angelo Romano has wowed Brooklynites at Roberta's, Masten Lake and The Pines, and now he's turned his attention to the improbably named Rocky Slims in Kips Bay. What sounds like a sports bar is actually an innovative, Italian-American trattoria and pizza parlor. And what pizza it is, wood fired to a puffy, blistered bendability, the toppings as fresh as fresh can be. Just-shaved pink mortadella, lush ricotta, fragrant marjoram and bomba, an eggplant-based condiment with Calabrian chilies and garlic, is a stupendous combo on a pie. A takeout annex offers a slew of other toppings and a budget-friendly lunch special of two plain slices with a beverage for $5. The sleek, industrial dining room is for sit-down service, the menu featuring seasonal salads, pasta, proteins and interesting sides like sweet potatoes with pistachios and goat's milk butter.