Macoletta Brick Oven Pizzeria: A Modern Twist on a NYC Favorite
There isn’t a more universal food in New York City than pizza. The classic combination of dough, sauce, and cheese have not only become synonymous with New York but also its residents. Macoletta Brick Oven Pizzeria, which got its start as a Kickstarter Campaign, is breathing new life into an old favorite by balancing between old world recipes and exciting new ingredients.
To start, we tried a Mozzarella Caprese Salad. The simplicity of its ingredients did not detract from its flavor. With heirloom tomatoes, house-made mozzarella, fresh basil, saba, extra virgin olive oil, and sea salt, it was the perfect start to our dining experience.
Each pizza is made with extreme care and attention to detail in a massive brick oven. The oven cooks each pizza to perfection within minutes. Covered with copper paneling, the oven is the centerpiece of the restaurant.
The owner Walid Idriss, hails from Algeria, which he said served as the inspiration for the next pizza. The aptly named ‘Algerino’ comprised of lamb sausage, smoked shallots, fontina, roasted tomatoes, and oregano. Idriss says that the lamb sausage comes from Muncan, one of Astoria’s favorite family-owned butcher shops.
If you’re looking for a vegan-friendly pizza, the ‘Macoletta’ features North African harissa paste, cauliflower, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and artichoke hearts. This pizza is ‘cheese-less’ but don’t let that deter you! The ‘Macoletta’ is delicious.
The ‘Diablo’ is a customer favorite at Macoletta. Made with Calabrian chili peppers the ‘Diablo’ is perfect for anyone who likes it spicy. This pizza also consists of mozzarella, tomatoes, pepperoni, salami, honey and nduja; a spreadable Italian pork salami.
If you weren’t convinced yet, Macoletta also serves up Nutella pizza for dessert. Unlike most Nutella pizzas, Macoletta’s version puts the hazelnut spread inside the dough, akin to that of a pita. Topped with powdered sugar, this dessert pizza was the perfect end to our dinner.
The folks at Macoletta have proven that they are dedicated to the community as they have also teamed up with local vendors like Gelato & Co., BigAliceBrewery, and La Birra Di Meni.
Overall, Macoletta Brick Oven Pizzeria had fantastic food, friendly service, and a cool atmosphere. Pizza is a staple of NYC cuisine. Macoletta has taken tried and true recipes and enhanced them with fresh ingredients and contemporary flavors.