Thank you to one of our favorite customers Mary Connelly we’ve made it in Vanity Fair.
New Yorkers love to debate just about everything … and the best New York pizza is a topic that inspires over-the-top rhetoric and impassioned conversation. And so it was with incredible delight that I happened upon Pizzetteria Brunetti, in N.Y.C.’s West Village on Hudson Street. Father-and-son owners, Michael and Jason Brunetti, along with their partner, Anthony Abenante, have created a wonderfully charming and authentic Neapolitan neighborhood restaurant with some of the best pizza around. The proprietary recipe for their dough renders an exceedingly delicious pie—and there are more than 20 to choose from, including the classic Margherita and the house signature Vongole (fresh-shucked chopped oysters and herb-butter sauce). As a vegetarian, I am obsessed with the combination of the amazing sautéed shitake mushrooms and the house-made San Marzano–tomato sauce.
And the salads and sides are major, too: my go-to’s are the Insalata alla Pulcinella, with mixed baby greens, chick peas, cherry tomatoes, red onions, and Sicilian cracked olives with E.V.O.O. and a balsamic reduction; and the Masseria, with farro, kale, chick peas, red cabbage, walnuts, almonds, dried blueberries, and finished with roasted-walnut oil and ricotta salata. Run don’t walk to Pizzetteria Brunetti … but please don’t go on a Friday, because then I may not get a table.—Mary Connelly