A couple of weeks ago a good friend of mine, Renee, was visiting me here in the City. We had brunch with her cousin Kaz and her boyfriend Salvo, that both live here in NYC, and his mother that was visiting from Italy. Of course, we were talking about Italian food. How could we not?

I was telling them how much I loved Pizza Frite and for those of you who may not be familiar with this concept, the pizza dough is fried instead of baked. Now, I know what you are thinking, it’s bad enough its pizza, but fried dough too? But no, this dough is light, airy and not greasy at all. They then take a thin layer of fresh tomato sauce that is generally made with San Marzano tomatoes, sprinkle with a little freshly grated parmesan, then top with a few fresh basil leaves. It’s pretty simple, yet simply divine.

Anyway, he told me that this place called Forcella (pronounce For-Chella) had the best pizza frite in the New York City. Forcella is a small city near Naples where pizza frite originated. While the name sounded familiar, I couldn’t quite remember where I had seen it. Then while out on the dreaded Black Friday, at the nail salon on 27th and Park Avenue, guess what was right next to it and DIRECTLY across from my job? Bingo, Forcella!

Of course, I had to stop in. Its a small little eatery with cutesy decor and a super pleasant staff. And the pizza frite…If love had a taste, Im almost sure that would be it. It was so good and fresh and I can foresee this becoming a problem in the future. The menu is moderately priced and they have great lunch specials. You can also get traditional wood fired pizza as well.

I’ll try not to eat it more than once a month though…


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