MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View
Ovest Pizzoteca, Da Mikele, Luzzo’s and Luzzo’s BK: you can’t throw a stone without hitting one of the talented Michele Iuliano’s restaurants these days, and for good reason. Nestled in the East Village, this original outpost of Luzzo’s boasts a colorful exterior, treasured, century-old coal-burning oven that pushes out not only ace pizzas, but also Neapolitan classics like frusta, la quadrata and pizza fritta. The term pizzeria just doesn’t do this lovely spot justice. And judging by the patient crowds lined up outside, the neighborhood knows a good thing when they see it. Once inside, guests are treated to a charming interior of exposed brick, mismatched chairs and kitschy knickknacks. Soft Italian music plays beneath the happy hum of friends and family chatting.