Manhattan – Chelsea
196 Eighth Ave at 20th St
Manhattan, NY 10011
The "33" glowing in devilish orange neon outside this corner hot spot connects co-owner Rino Lacerra"s latest endeavor to Pizza 33, his minichain of gourmet pizzerias. His signature piled-high brick-oven pies take up ample room on the menu, but otherwise, Lacerra"s attempt at upscaling to a classy sit-down joint seems more Staten Island than Tuscany. A swordfish-stuffed mushroom appetizer, praised by the eager waiter, tasted rubbery, and pork chop au poivre was bland once the pepper crust disappeared. The brick-and-beige interior is equally dull, although the open French windows and sidewalk tables add a little festivity.
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