Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Naked Pizza

My friend Eliza and I went to check out a new pizza shop, Naked Pizza, today.  After passing by the shop approximately a billion times in the last few weeks, I was excited when I passed by it earlier today and saw that the shop had finally opened.  Even better is that the shop offers a gluten free crust in a 12-inch size.  I didn't have to twist Eliza's arm too hard to accompany me for our virginal trips to the pizza parlor.

The shop is very clean looking, with a largely white and green color scheme.  It isn't a particularly big place but Eliza and I were able to order and find seating without a problem.  We scanned the menu when placing our order and ultimately decided to split a superbiotic, replacing the onions with sun-dried tomato.  The employees at Naked were extremely friendly and outgoing; I don't think I have ever seen employees that are so nice.  Eliza and I also appreciated the shop's humor, as seen in the napkin in the below photo.  It was our cashier's birthday so we made sure to wish her a Happy Birthday and tell her not to indulge too much in Naked's offerings.

After a few minutes our pizza was brought out to us in a pizza box; I imagine that, because there isn't much seating in the shop, most of Naked's orders will be to go.  Regardless, the pizza was a beautiful sight.

Don't you just want to reach into the picture and grab a slice?  Naked Pizza's crust is thin, like many other gluten free crusts.  My favorite part about eating at Naked Pizza today was the ability to design your own pizza at an affordable price point.  You can check out the menu here to see what Naked offers.  When I lived in L.A. I lived near a pizza shop that made gluten free pizzas exclusively in one (small) size.  The pizza at Naked Pizza, if ordered alone, would have lasted me for days and only cost $16.  It also doesn't hurt that Naked Pizza is very close to my apartment!

I will definitely be checking out Naked Pizza again.  Although Eliza and I didn't fully design our own pizza this time around, I know that next time we'll be more adventurous and take advantage of all of the options that Naked Pizza offers.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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Naked Pizza
150 East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003 (Map)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Kesté Pizza

I've been hearing about Kesté Pizza for a long time and I recently had the opportunity to check it out for the first time.  My friend (and college roommate!) Katie suggested that we check it out because of the restaurant's gluten free pizza, served up on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The restaurant is cozy and right across from another gluten free hotspot, Risotteria.  The block holds of a lot of memories for me, as Risotteria was the very first gluten free-friendly restaurant I visited after being diagnosed back in June 2005.  I can't believe that I have been gluten free for more than 6 years now; it's crazy how time flies!

Anyway, upon our arrival we were promptly seated at a tiny table.  I'm still adjusting to the size of many restaurants here in New York after the spacious life in Los Angeles!  The restaurant only has three options on its gluten free menu: Mast Nicola, Marinara, and Margherita.  I was starving when we sat down and quickly placed an order of the Margherita pizza.

Katie and I caught up over wine and were surprised when, after a short time, our pizzas were served at our tables.  I immediately dug in because I was too hungry to resist.  What immediately jumped out to me was the crust; it wasn't crunchy and flavorless like many gluten free crusts but was instead soft and spongy.  It was very chewy and definitely had a consistency which more closely resembled gluten-filled crusts like Domino's.  Had I known how large the pizza was going to be (look at that picture -- it was huge!), I would have suggested that she and I split one.  Instead Katie and I both left with leftovers.

I would definitely visit Kesté again but do have to mention that the meal was a bit expensive, totaling about $25 on my end.  While I left with some food for the next day, Kesté may have to remain an infrequent treat.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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Kesté Pizza & Vino
271 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014 (Map)