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Apizz

Apizz Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.apizz.com
  • Phone: (212) 253-9199
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday 6:00pm-11:0pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: John LaFemina
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stanton and Rivington
  • Public Transit: F train 2nd avenue stop
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Apizz
A hidden treasure on the Lower East Side, Apizz cooks up Italian food in a stunning -- and huge -- wood-burning oven. The dining room is intimate and cozy, rustic yet modern, and perfect for first dates or dining with friends. Like its décor, the menu at Ápizz is a blend of old and new. The menu consists of updated versions of Italian classics like Wild Boar Lasagna and Open Ravioli with Butternut Squash, as well as Oven-Roasted Whole Fish and a braised short rib gnocchi.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Solid menu, consistently great food, nice wine list with many wines reasonably priced."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This restaurant will NOT make any adjustments to their menu for allergies, dietary restrictions, or any other reason. The salad looked nice but was over-dressed and too vinegary. The staff was dismissive. Pretentious and just bad."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had friends from out of town that were staying in a nearby LES hotel, so we chose A Pizz for location, plus we wanted to come back after having eaten here about a year ago. We were not disappointed and our friends enjoyed our choice. We chose the daily fish special, a nice prepared bronzino, the lobster risotto, plus two different pizzas. The food was fresh, tasty, and nicely presented. Our waiter was attentive, tho' perhaps a bit too eager to get our drink order. The nicely back-lit dining room was packed, tho' we had no trouble hearing each other and getting caught up. Solid meal, tho' not necessarily inventive. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "A friend recommended this place to me as I rarely frequent the lower east side. It is on a quiet street and yet close enough that getting a cab after dinner was no problem. The interior is very ambient. It's dark inside but with lots of low lights for atmosphere. The fire oven if visible as well as the kitchen from the dining room. The food was excellent. I had the butternut ravioli which was amazing. My friend had the entire fish which was cooked perfectly. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and if I am ever down that way again, would certainly go again."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My Wife and I got a recommendation to visit Apizz. From our experiences with Raoul at the bar to sitting down in a comfortable table with impeccable service; we knew we weren't going to be disappointing. I research the amazing wines before arriving at the dinner but with hesitation, confident Raoul not only pick the perfect wines for us but fully explained the menu; the half portions available so you can have a variety. We had four appetizers for the table the octopus, shrimp, meatballs, and salads were all amazing and flavorful; entrees were again perfect in every way. I had to know more about this restaurant and its Chef, next day i read the whole book and have already tried out a few of the recipes."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was delicious--pizza, oven roasted branzino (best we ever had), pasta, lobster risotto, shrimp and calamari appetizers. Even the ricotta spread for the bread was divine. Apizz serves exceptional food in a comfortable atmosphere with excellent service."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I made a last minute reservation and was pleasantly surprised. Food was great. The Chorizo Pizza and Raviloi Con Zucca were favorites among the table. The only draw back I see is the ambience. The restaurant is dark, no windows, and cave-like."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food was great here. My only issue, and it's not even a real "issue," was the waitstaff. We were never greeted by a server when we sat, someone just showed up, asked us what wine we wanted, then apparently he was our waiter. He did a fine job the rest I the night, just an awkward start. Also, he may have been too attentive. I don't need my wine topped off every 3 minutes, especially when I haven't taken a sip. Overall, good place and I would recommend for the food alone."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had a fabulous dinner. We started with very full and tasty salads. The whole open oven baked branzino was about the best we ate anywhere. It was fresh, moist and delicious. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "GREAT FOOD, SERVICE @ AMBIANCE. NOISE LEVEL LOW, VERY GOOD LOOKING INTERIOR,VERY GOOD PLATE PRESENTATION. THE WINE GLASS SHOULD BE REPLACED WITH A LIGHTER WEIGHT MORE LUXURIOUS LOOKING AND BETTER FEELING IN THE HAND GLASS. IN SUMMATION WE HAD A WONDERFUL DINING EXPERIENCE AND A WONDERFUL EVENING. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "My wife was feeling ill, so we had to leave before our main dishes came. However, everything leading up to that point was amazing. Cocktails were tasty, the bread with ricotta and marinera sauce was delicious, and our appetizer was good. Our dishes we took home did not live up to the experience, but that is likely because we had to wait 20 minutes after receiving them to eat them when we got back to the hotel. All in all, this place is a solid choice for a night out."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My family went to Apizz for the first time on Mothers Day as we had taken a tour over at the Tenement Museum. Picked it based on location and reviews and was very pleased with the choice. The pizza with spinach and cheese and one large salad as an appetizer was perfect for the 4 of us. All of our meals were delicious and so filling that we did not have room to taste dessert! Hopefully next time we can have dessert and those yummy looking meatballs we did not try yet!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Service was perfect until they (kindly) asked us if we could move to the bar after finishing our main course, since there was four people waiting for a table. After moving to the bar the waitress started neglecting us. Some friends of hers came in to the restaurant and she started chatting with them instead of giving service. It seemed like she had forgotten about us and we had to wait for a long time to get the check. We left the restaurant with a feeling of unsatisfaction. Too bad, since the food was good."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Found Apizz while searching for a new place on the LES and A'pizz sounded nice. The restaurant was on a residential block all alone with a neon sign and a funky entrance that led into a world of fantastic food, great service and a really great vibe. A'pizz is one room with an oven, literally with perhaps 15 tables where two cooks turn out truly terrific food. Our server was great, service spot on and just a totall pleasure. I will be back that's for sure...one of the best meals I have had in months...."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The oven is the center of the food at Apizz. The bread made in it is amazing! The pizzas made in it are equally excellent. Great obscure Italian wine list of bottles one rarely sees in the US, but overpriced even for NY (Marked up 4X retail)."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "This restaurant came highly recommended by a bunch of people who have solid creds. I thought every dish we ordered (including the famed lasagna) was quite average. Bottom line is I was disappointed...especially at that price point. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Food was flavorful and the menu offered a not too large selection to choose from but with plenty of variety. True to the servers word, the wild boar lasagna was not gamey, and indeed very tasty. Short rib gnocchi was the best meal on the menu, hearty, well seasoned, but with not too large gnocchi to avoid overwhelming the dish. Pair the short ribs with a glass of Barolo and you'll be a happy camper. Good food, great wine. My only critique would be the light fixture cover that fell on our table during the meal was a bit worrying. In return we got free desert which was a nice gesture. Overall a great experience but there is room for improvement."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The restaurant wasn't what I expected. Being from an Italian home, I know what "APizz" means, unfortunately, this place didn't impress. When we arrived, the ambiance is delightful, however spanish music was playing in the background. I thought that was odd, but then thought it even odder that a pizza would have "chorizo" on it! I wanted a salad with grilled chicken before sharing pizza with my friends.....they couldn't accomodate; they didn't have any grilled chicken! So, we asked for cannellini beans instead...they were hard as a rock!! We ordered a few "pizza's". They arrived on a rectangular appetizer size plate...about the size of a normal forearm. To sum it up, the ambiance was sweet, but the food so-so and really overpriced."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I dined at Apizz on Sunday (4/6/14) and had a wonderful time. The service was warm and friendly. The bread (served with marinara sauce and ricotta cheese) was great, the pizza appetizer was delicious and the mains (shared the gnocci with short rib and the open ravioli with buttenut squash) were excellent. The wait staff was attentive and helpful. The space was warm and cozy and the large open hearth gave the place a very romantic feel. My girlfriend had asked for help in choosing between two desserts and our waiter brought us both (the one we didnt order on the house). Highly recommend for a date or dinner with friends/family. Will be back soon."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "As always, the food was great-meatballs and gnocchi were big hits. Service friendly without being overbearing. The brick walls and fire in the oven create a warm and cozy atmosphere. We have been many times before and will continue to go back."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We've been there a number of times and the food, service and ambience have always been great!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This place is really nice, brick walls, nice lighting, cosy atmosphere w sophistication. stands out from all other LES restaurants. Oven roasted branzino is done to perfection."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "AWESOME experience!!! Food was delicious, everything was just perfect!! Love the hot tomato sauce, and ricotta that is served with the complimentary bread!! Gnocchi, mini pizza, lasagna was absolutely amazing!!!! I plan on going back soon!!! YUMMMMM!!!! A+++"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "So we went there me and my girl for our two year anniversary.. if only we checked the menu before we went there... the place looks great and all and also is the menu altho it was very short menu. Me & my girlfriend don't eat pork/seafood like lobster and most of the menu was that... so we were very picky in the choices.. but what we choose was very good."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The pizza was amazing. We liked the place and will be back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great little restaurant on the LES, was a bit tough to find given the inclimate weather we were having that evening. My girlfriend and I were looking for some italian food and she suggested this place to me, and I am very glad she did. This ended up being the best food I had had all week. We ordered the meatballs which were simply amazing. Rich but not over done maybe a little to hot upon being brought to the table (only because I waited a good 7 to 10 minutes before they were easy to tolerate.). I'll be honest they were so good I can't remember what she ordered because we were both eating primarily off of my plate. All in all this place has great food, great service and an excellent wine list!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Our waiter was inattentive and unprofessional, which is a shame because the neighborhood fave is charming, cosy and consistently has great food."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My wife and I out for a lovely evening. Nice atmosphere. Great tasting food. Lovely service. A little loud as the evening got later. Have already recommended to friends, would definitely visit there again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The service was fantastic and attentive, and the wines were unique yet region-specific with excellent choices. The food was delicious - the entrees better than the appetizers - and the ambiance was very romantic and cozy. Highly recommend the oven roasted whole fish, probably one of the best and most tender and moist Ive ever had."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "This place is defintely a neighborhood gem. The food was delicious! Must haves are the gnocco and the lasagna."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant as a last minute decision and all four of us were blown away. Great ambiance, service, and most importantly, food. Will be coming back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Took my girlfriend here for a date and had great food, good service, and enjoyed the setup. Dimly lit with good space between tables and just a romantic vibe in general. Would definitely come back here in the future."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I really love this place, there food is incredible. The pastas are fantastic, but you have to be in the mood for some meat. Not a lot of veggie options / lighter pastas here."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Tucked away on Eldridge, this is one of the best meals you'll find in the LES. Best part about it: it's far enough removed from the business of Orchard or Ludlow that you'll rarely have to wait for a table. Enjoy a bottle of wine with hearty portions of their famous gnocchi or lasagna, and you're set for the evening. If you leave without having the Tiramisu, you've done yourself a great disservice."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "This was our second time to dine at Apizz and it is truly a wonderful restaurant with a very appetizing menu. The restaurant is on a quiet street and sets up for a great date spot or the perfect place to celebrate that special day. We were very pleased with the food. For starters, the bread they serve was great with the ricotta and marinara. The salad was a large and delicious. We also had the Veal Bolognese (very good and recommended) and the Lobster risotto which both were very satisfying dishes and the generous portion size left both of us with to-go boxes to enjoy the next night as well. We will be back."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Host was a nightmare, sneering at us right from the start. We (5) were led to our table, which could clearly seat only four. The host chided "you squeeze, you squeeze." The table setup was two chairs and one long cushioned bench along the wall. Our elbows were literally hanging off the edges of the table, and those of us at the edges had to keep our legs crossed throughout the duration of our meal. Waiters and busboys kept stepping on my feet. Ordered: the skate (good); lobster risotto (cold shell sticking out in the rice was off-putting and unnecessary); short rib gnocchi (good); and butternut squash ravioli (greasy and terribly sweet). Portions were large but VERY heavy-handed in olive oil/cream treatment, depending on the dish."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I took my friend here for his birthday and we had a wonderful time. The service was great, the food was excellent - the gnocci and short ribs were amazing! -- and the ambiance perfect for a special night out. Rustic, romantic and warm. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We have been eating at Apizz regularly for several years, and it has always been a pleasurable experience. The food is always excellent as is the service. You can not miss with Apizz"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We really liked this restaurant. The food was excellent, the staff was friendly and attentive. The only complaint is that we were kept waiting over 20 minutes for our reservation."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Apizz is one of my favorite LES favorite restaurants. One could easily walk by it without noticing this charming, appealing place! Yet it is such a welcoming surprise when you open the door and enter this intimate restaurant, with a friendly staff, an wood oven and delicious food! The perfect antidote to a cold winter's night...."
    Dined on 1/22/2014