EAT: Prince Street Pizza
In a city full of hundreds upon hundreds of pizza restaurants, it is rare to stumble on one worth making a point to return to. Enter Prince Street Pizza, a quaint locale that opened this past January at 27 Prince Street between Mott and Elizabeth, formerly home of the original Ray’s Pizza.
The pizza alone is worth returning for and the array of delicious sides and friendly staff are just added bonuses. While waiting for your slice in the 12 seat restaurant with exposed brick walls and fun pictures including one that says “I’m going to make you a pizza you can’t refuse,” order one (or all) of their appetizers. Choices include Rice Balls (with beef, peas, and marinara or with mozzarella and Romano cheese) or their Prosciutto Balls which can be dipped in their homemade marinara sauce, but are just as delectable without.
The menu includes five square pizza options named after streets in the neighborhood to commemorate the owner’s childhood tradition of Sunday pizza dinners with his family. Prince Perfection, their original Sicilian slice, boasts the most magnificent crust you have ever tasted as it is slightly thicker than your normal pie without being too doughy. If you are in the mood for something truly delicious, their signature slice, the Mercer Margherita, is a thin crust option with fresh mozzarella, basil, and marinara. Their Broadway Breadcrumb offers a creative twist consisting of seasoned breadcrumbs and tomato sauce but no cheese. Another favorite is the Spicy Spring, which matches Fra Diavalo sauce with spicy pepperoni and of course fresh mozzarella.
There are four Neapolitan pizzas to choose from including Boozy Broome (vodka sauce and fresh mozzarella) and an array of fried calzones. The more daring food connoisseurs might try the Green Machine, with pesto sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, and black olives. The menu has a selection that is substantial enough but co-owner Frank Morano attests that the reason for it being less elaborate is to ensure that everything they serve is truly the best.
After two months in business this goal seems to be ringing true. It is evident that at Prince Street Pizza, great pride is taken in using the most fresh local ingredients while making everything from scratch. The flavors seem to be appreciated by all that dine there and with such personalized service, no one has the slightest chance to leave unsatisfied.
Prince Street Pizza is located at 26 Prince St # 2 New York, NY 10012. You can visit them at www.princestpizza.com/.