By Phil Vasquez
I got a taste test today at Fratelli La Bufala, the Neapolitan pizza restaurant opening later this week on the corner of 76th Street and Broadway. In a word? Bellissimo! Or maybe Bravissimo!
The pizza is as Neapolitan as Salvatore Magno, the man who makes it. It stays warm even as you chew it. The crust is soft, but firm, and the sauce is so fresh you can taste the actual tomatoes it’s made from. Fresh basil leaves add another nice touch.
The pizza oven is right by the door, and you can watch the pizza-making process from everywhere in the dining room. It’s incredibly gratifying to see the magical process unfold. It reminds you that real pizza can’t really ever be achieved by dialing a number.
Fratelli La Bufala opens on Friday at 11:30 a.m.
Phil Vasquez is an Upper West Side filmmaker. Check out one of his films here.
Photos by Phil Vasquez.