August 5, 2008
Pizza is such a great thing. It's the perfect combination of all worthy food groups, and one of the best smelling things ever when it cooks. I loved pizza before I moved to New York, and then I loved it more. For NY has some of the best pizza out there, and tons of choices to eat from.
N. 28 is located in the heart of the West Village a few doors down from a bookstore with some great deals (aptly named the Unoppresive Nonimperialist Book Store... no joke). There's outdoor seating on the sidewalk, and inside it features a coal-burning brick oven to the left and some cozy seating to the right. The menu is relatively small, but offers options for meat and veggie eaters alike. The ingredients are high quality and Italian. The pies come in 14", 18" and 29" and start out circular, but the latter two sizes grow in length only and are cut into rectangles.
There were four of us, so we got two 18" pizzas, which turned out to be the perfect amount. We ordered the 5 formaggio (five cheese, including mozzarella, gorgonzola, parmigiano, fontina, and provolone) and the pizza alla diavola (hot soppressata, red chili pepper, and mozzarella). Both came out piping hot and delicious, the former a very cheesy "white" pizza, with great flavor from all of the quality cheeses, and the latter with a tasty fresh tomato sauce and a lightly spicy soppressata. Both had perfect crusts-- thin but not too thin and lightly crisped all the way through.
The service was Italian and decently attentive. The prices are normal.. $16-26 for an 18" pie ($8-13 a person). The atmosphere here is good, with a good view of the oven, outdoor seating, and a cozy interior. I would suggest this place for some tasty brick oven Italian-style pizza anytime you're in the neighborhood. P.S., they take reservations. -Laurel
Address: 28 Carmine St at Bleeker St
Payment: Cash Only
Take Out: Yes
Open Late: Midnight on the weekends
Large Group Friendly: Yes
Bar/Happy Hour: Yes