Stop two on my gluten free eating tour of Manhattan was at Mozzarelli's. I had been tweeting with Mozzarelli's in anticipation of my visit.
When my friends and I arrived, the chef, Eli, was extremely helpful in showing us around and guiding us through all of the gluten free options. Immediately to our left as we walked in was an enormous rack filled with gluten free cookies, including peanut butter "oreos", mint and chocolate "oreos", macaroons, and so much more. The variety was overwhelming.
I knew that it was a good sign of things to come. Also greeting me as I walked in was a cart with a multitude of gluten free dessert samples.
We were given a tour of the place and the options available at Mozzarelli's for gluten free eaters. On hand they had four different kinds of gluten free pizza: four cheese, tomato & mozzarella, artichocke, and sausage. I've never been able to order gluten free pizza by the slice, so it was a pleasure to do so in Mozzarelli's.
Each slice was also reasonably price at around $4. If that sounds like a lot, keep in mind that Mozzarelli's has a prime location in New York City and the slices are enormous! My gluten eating friends who accompanied me to Mozzarelli's told me that a regular slice in NYC can easily cost $4 once toppings are added.
Chef Eli served my friends and I all four slices, conveniently cut into smaller pieces so that we could all share. I was really surprised by how knowledgeable the chef and workers were about gluten free preparation. Eli especially knew everything and it was clear that he took pride in his pizza.
That pride wasn't misplaced -- the pizza was unbelievably awesome. I've had great gluten free pizza in the past, but this place takes the cake (more on Mozzarelli's gluten free cake later). I was a little skeptical about how the artichoke pizza would taste, but on the chef's recommendation I ordered it. That slice was a little piece of heaven -- the crust was flaky, fluffy, and the toppings were amazing. I couldn't help myself from digging into the tomato & mozzarella pizza next. Again, the flavors exploded off the crust and were amazing. I'm not a fan of sausage but I could nonetheless appreciate the sausage pizza as tasty.
Of course, we weren't done once we had finished our slices. On to dessert!
Eli brought us over a few things to begin: Oreo Cheesecake, Strawberry Shortcake, a chocolate chip muffin, and a double chocolate chip muffin. Again, I was a bit skeptical about the strawberry shortcake; it just didn't seem like it would be my cup of tea. I was incredibly wrong; the cake was delicious and burst with fresh strawberry flavor. The chef makes every baked good himself after years of experimenting with gluten free flours. I was shocked by how good the strawberry shortcake tasted. It wasn't thick with bad texture like so many other gluten free baked goods. Instead, it was light and fluffy.
Even though our stomachs amounted to the size of California by this point, we finished the desserts with aplomb.
The restaurant also does one day a month on which it makes everything in the restaurant gluten free. Mozzarelli's also offers a variety of gluten free pasta sauces served with gluten free pasta. Eli constantly creates new desserts and pizza flavors, so be sure to check back often and see what is available!
Do YOU have any ideas of new pizza flavors? The chef asked me to come up with some, but I drew a blank. Leave a comment so I can talk to him when I return to NYC!
38 E. 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010 (Map)