The buzz that surrounds Motorino is undeniable. Touted to be one of the best pizzerias in New York on countless food blogs, it wasn’t until the recent release of a pizza bracket that made me desire Motorino. Forget Lombardi’s, Grimaldi’s, or any other pizzeria you thought was the best, according to Ed Levine (for Rachel Ray), Motorino is the best in the North East.Instead of traveling all the way into Williamsburg, I decided to go the short route and go to the location in East Village. Luckily for us, there was not a wait and we were seated immediately. Also, they have a free corkage, so bring a nice bottle of wine and enjoy your night. What’s great about Motorino is their limited menu (5 Apps and 8 Pizzas). Instead of sitting there bedazzled by all the decadent choices, you can care less and just order what you like. We started off with a Warm Spicy Octopus and Potato Salad. Absolutely amazing. Usually I stay away from octopus, but everything was perfectly cooked and seasoned. Each bite was light and ethereal, the way a salad should be. We also started with a Roasted Beet Salad with Gaeta Olives and Ricotta Salata. The beets were earthy and sweet. Just keep in mind that there are White Anchovies in the dish and offered an interesting surprise when I took a bite. First off I would like to say, that I should have ordered the Margherita. The Cremini and Sweet Sausage was a bit on the heavy side, but delicious and savory as well. Although the pizza was a bit salty, I can understand why it was presented as the best pizza in New York. The dough is light and airy with that fiery charred taste. The ingredients are absolutely the freshest, with Mozzarella, Garlic, Thyme, and Pecorino. However, was it undeniably the best pizza on this side of the country? That’s TBD.
Food: 8.5/10 – Motorino utlizes the light and full-flavored character that embodies Neapolitan Italian cuisine. With top notch ingredients and fare, Motorino will continue to be a crowd pleaser and earn its stake as one of the best pizzas in the country.
Restaurant Environment: 8/10 – A very intimate setting, however you can’t help but notice your neighbors Margherita pizza.
Service: 9.5/10 – Our waitress was hands down amazing, free wine corkage, and impeccable service. Even with a long wait brewing outside, we did not felt rushed for a single moment.
Value: 7.5/10 – Compared to a lot of restaurants in New York, and especially Little Italy, Motorino is a slick deal.