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)

1 comment:

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