Most Fridays we DailyCandy editors partake in “Lambrusco Lunch” (sparkling red, thin-crust pizza, inappropriate conversation — sorry, we’re not sorry).
But it’s Monday, and we’re already buzzing (with anticipation): ’Za joint, Via Tribunali, opens today in the LES.
For his first non-Washington location, restaurateur Michael McConnell enlisted Neapolitan craftsmen to build a wood-fired oven from Mount Vesuvius ash bricks. The beast cooks pies in 45 seconds flat.
At its helm stand expert pizzaiolos Nico Calzone and Gennaro Nasti. They call themselves maestros (or so we think; our Italian isn’t great), and after one bite of the crisp perfection they create from kneaded dough, imported tomatoes, local mozzarella, and toppings (provola, prosciutto, mushrooms, salami, artichokes, rapini), you’ll understand why.
Ask for the off-menu Stella or three-in-one namesake pie. Once stuffed, roll next door to McConnell’s Caffe Vita for pastries by Pichet Ong and a latte to
sober perk up.
Our jobs are tough.
Via Tribunali, 122 Ludlow Street, between Rivington and Delancey Streets (212-260-8742 or viatribunali.net). Dinner only today through Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight. Lunch service starts Friday, 11 a.m.
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