Forcella Bowery
Forcella Bowery

Forcella Bowery

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://forcellaeatery.com/
  • Phone: 2124663300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Giulio Adriani
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Delivery, Takeout

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bond Street
  • Parking: No
A word from Forcella Bowery
Forcella is an Italian Pizzeria dedicated to the art of making traditional Neopolitan pizza. Double certified pizza master Giulio Adriani creates an assortment of pizzas including Pizza Rosse, Pizza Bianche and Pizza Fritte. We typically offer a selection of around twenty different pizzas. We also offer a variety of antipasti, insalate and an assortment of desserts that are al house made.
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Forcella Bowery reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (16)good for groups (10)great for outdoor dining (10)fit for foodies (9)kid-friendly (6)great for lunch (5)romantic (2)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (2)special occasion (2)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • not that great
    WalterY2K
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    2 issues that bugged me - 1) we waited for more then 10 minutes after being seated after which I asked for a waiter. The restaurant was not full and it was clearly evident as tables were open. The waiter arrived and apologized saying the kitchen was busy! Strange. 2) food took a while to come and no follow up during dinner. Overall not a very pleasant experience.
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  • Off night for service
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We eat here regularly and love it. This last time, however, the service was really bad. From not bring us bread to go with our appetizers and pasta, to bringing my son a can of soda with no glass, the service just was not up to par. The waiters were friendly but we had to repeatedly ask for things that we should not have had to ask for. Maybe it was just an off night. The food was great though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the Fried Pizza
    FoodLover123
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great little place in the East Village. Went for a pre Blue Man Group show dinner. We each had a different pizza and shared between the three of us. Good salad and rice balls to start. It was all really good and the service excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ITALDN
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great pizza… one of the best in town! Great area to eat and hang out in. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Improve the wait staff
    Stefano
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Overall the service was so bad and their attitude so poor that our group had no choice but to leave the restaurant and go elsewhere in the neighborhood which was indeed a step up. Would not recommend unless there is a staff change.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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  • Amazing as ever!
    apikramenos
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was my third time at Forcella Bowery and it was just as wonderful as I remembered it! The food is incredible and I love the traditional Margherita pizzas they have! Will come back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • great pizza
    michaelVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    great pizza and salads--nice and casual environment casual service
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MaryVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We have eaten at Forcella's a few times now. Consistently good. My son loves the pizza!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great pizza!
    Rosa
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a great time watching a World Cup match. Food was great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The real deal
    MAMA
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    very good food from a place run and staffed with some real italians - you can't go wrong!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Very Good pizza and appetizers
    mponweb
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    If you want a pizza italian style, this is the place where to go. They also have amazing appetizers, among them a fresh burrata. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing pizza!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I loved it. Delicious pizza, great salads and a nice outdoor space. Waiter was so nice and friendly!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 206 reviews are from the Forcella Bowery reviews archive.
  • Outstanding pizza!
    DebinVA
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    When I visit NYC meal at Forcella is at the top of my list. Chef Adriani and his highly professional staff provide an excellent dining experience. The food and service are both first rate. Ingredients are fresh and delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great nite
    cowgirlsinny
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My son happened to recommend the restaurant after seeing it on a food channel. My Wyoming friends were visiting , and I met them in the city. They always look for good pizza, since they have yet to find a place in Wyoming that can compare to the NY, NJ, Philadelphia area. ( past NJ natives). We were met with a friendly staff, great service and the pizza was great. Since we arrived a little earlier than our reservations, we sat at the bar and enjoyed a lite conversation with our bartender. Ambiance galore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All about deep fried pizza
    storyid
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Get the deep fried pizza and kale caesar salad, they are my favorites and you cannot go wrong...love this place so much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good time
    RicR313
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Service timely, tasty. I would return. Like to try more on the menu
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Invisible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Pass unless you like being invisible; staff was just below par and the owners didn't seem to care. food was fair.
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  • Deep fried pizza
    storyid
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    So awesome, I came for the deep fried pizza and it lived up to all expectations, plus the kale caesar salad was unexpected and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food amazing you'll never forget
    luv2eat87
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The overall ambiance of this place I would have to give an A. The service was amazing quick and sufficient. Our meals were delicious and my group and I enjoyed ourselves.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    DavidNYC
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Glass of Gavi wine-excellent Appetizers-pretty good Pizza-Good Service-Not good Ambience-Nice The reviews all mention bad service. They are right. Waitress seemed didn't seem to care about anything at our table, except getting away from us, and we are not difficult (4 of us). She messed up the order because she doesn't listen to her customers, she was distracted--by what I don't know, the place was not crowded. Really this gives NYC waiters a bad rep, and I was one, so it's not accurate. The pizzas are a little rich and chewy. The fried pizza is a nice idea, but needs to bake for longer. The first few bites were great, then by the end I was pushing it away. Starters were good, esp. the kale caesar and eggplant parm.
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  • Family dinner at Forcella
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We enjoyed the restaurant and food was good. We did feel we were rushed to get out of the restaurant as there were other guests waiting . We were also automatically charged a service charge of $30 dollars where the menu stated it was only for parties of more than 6. There were 5 of us, 3 which were children.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pizza, screeching music
    IZ817VIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Best pizza is the decumani with truffle oil and arugula - yum! This past Thursday, first time since I've been going to Forcella, live music was playing which turned out to be the worst, screeching singer. We had to hurry up and eat to get away from the noise. Others around us same thing. I would recommend you ask if there will be live music playing before you sit down if you intend to have a conversation with your table mates.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have been to Forcella Bowery
    Anonymous
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I have been to Forcella Bowery twice for smaller, more intimate birthday gatherings. Both times we have ordered a variety of pizzas and salads for the table to share. This is really the way to go - the food is amazing and you'll want to be able to try everything! The Kale Caeser Salad and the Amalfi Salads are excellent choices. As for pizza, the Montanara ("The New York Original Fried Pizza") was a crowd pleaser, but my personal favorite is the Porta Capuana, with burrata, arugula, prosciutto, and pecorino - so refreshing and very light! Service was well-timed and friendly. I believe they only sell wine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must try!!! Awesome everything!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Been wanting to try this place for a while. The food, service and ambiance are awesome! Will def go back again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, no management
    Love2tryeverything
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We brought a groupon we had just bought the day before. The waiter said sure. Then came back and asked to see it. He went back and forth saying he would take care of us. Then before we ordered he said he couldn't take te groupon cause apparently management didn't want to extend the deal but it was on groupon for 2 days before we even bought it. It didn't expire until June 2014, but there was no manager or owner there on a Friday night. He was basic his information from what the bartender told him. He told us he would take the $75 off the bill cause that's what we spent on the groupon, however we got less food and drinks and had to pay more money than what we originally expected.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • authentic Neapolis and pizza
    Bruno
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    This is the real deal, plus it's actually served by Italians. Buratta fresh off the plane and excellent pizzas make this one of our favorite spots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best pizza outside of Italy
    TirianVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Awesome pizza! Their wine list could be better and would be nice with a cheaper option or 2. Their pizza blows away John's, Grimaldi and the others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the decumani pizza is amazing!!!
    IZ817VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    like this place for one signature pie - the decumani. all the other pies are pretty similar to anything you could get at any good pizza restaurant but the decumani is really a notch above. in the warmer months, they have outdoors seating which is really kind of nice even tho it is on the bowery.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fried Pizza at its Best!!
    Gerryandgeeg
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We visited this restaurant after seeing it on Television for its one of a kind fried pizza dishes. The Food was actaully very good. The Fried Pizza and the fried calzone we ordered was really delicious!! It was a nice experience that we all enjoyed. The desserts were also very very good. We were served by Leo, who recommended his personal bests....he was on it & the service was great! You have to try fried pizza if you haven't!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pizza
    JamandDee
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We made reservations after seeing the restaraunt on tv and were excited to go. The app was good prosciutto tomatoes balsamic glaze and ricotta/mozzarella . Then we ordered two pizzas. Margherita and a Quattro spanglioli. The flavor was good but the pizza was not cooked well and soggy, you had to eat with a fork and knife and the pizza's were runny. I have eaten pizza in Napoli and all over New York my whole life, It was a very disappointing experience and would not recommend the pizza at forcella.
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  • The pizza was too doughy.
    wnpveronaVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The pizza was too doughy. Didn't like it. My friend agreed. There were very few tables for 2 in the restaurant (at least the way it was configured the night I was there). The table we were first seated at had a pole next to it taking much of the table space. So we were reseated at a table for 2 in the bar area. One seat had no back.
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  • My kids loved it. So did I.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    My kids (5 and 9) and I ate her before seeing a play at LaMama. We were there before 6 so it was quiet and we got a lot of attention from the wait staff. They were extremely friendly to my hungry little guys and kept the bread basket full. The vegan pizza was delish and fresh. My kids got the margarita pizza which they loved. Next time, I would skip the fried dough desert and just get the gelato which my younger son got and devoured. Excellent attitude-free choice in the East Village.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Fried pizza is amazing - definitely
    AnnieVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Fried pizza is amazing - definitely worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst customer EVER.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    There was literally not 1 other person in the restaurant but we waited almost 45 minutes to get our drinks. They were beyond terrible. It would have been easier to go into the kitchen and cook it ourselves.
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  • Squisito!
    BwayJoe
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    This authentic Neapolitan pizza is "in the zone" and can only be the product of a very talented pizzaiolo. Plus I'm always amazed at the transformation of The Bowery, as I'm old enough to remember being accosted by bums at every turn. A great find for pizza lovers with a palate for the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing margherita
    tanaka
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Margherita extra was pretty good. What about the Sunday special (Margherita + soup 10$)?! Marinara doesn't want basil!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambience, poor food
    Riss
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Food was poor. Calamari was covered in pepper that made it almost in edible. Pizzas looked amazing but were soggy/poorly cooked. Pizza crust was actually mushy to the point where you couldn't pick up a piece to eat it. Menu was appealing but food was poor. Wine list was overpriced for what they were offering. Service was good, however we did feel as if they were trying to rush us out when we would have probably lingered and ordered more drinks. Perhaps this a good spot to meet for a drink as the atmosphere was fun and nice. Overall, there are other restaurants in the area that are a better choice, worth the money, and have great atmosphere and food. Would not return here.
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    romantic
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  • Cold food &
    sandytuxVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    The food here is fine, but we had some issues with the food and service -- see below. Some food was cold, e.g. the middle of our eggplant parm was lukewarm, not hot like the rest of the dish AND some of the cheese on the pizza wasn't hot while everything else was. Also, they offered a particular bottle of wine on the menu (the cheapest red), which was sold out (and we didn't learn of until we tried to order it) -- and my expectation of restaurants of NY is that they will 1) make clear at the beginning that something isn't available by verbally saying something or crossing it off or 2) offering another bottle at that price when info mentioned in #1 isn't fulfilled (since it's like false advertising to the consumer).
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  • Food was great. Service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    Food was great. Service was a little off, even though the place was virtually empty.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, so-so service
    LaurenElise56VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    I felt like the seven of us sat down and the waitress was almost too attentive. She came over and we asked her to give us some time and three minutes later she was back. We ordered apps and told her we needed to wait to order dinner and three minutes later she was back again rushing us. So our apps came out all very good and we weren't even finished with them yet and all of our entrees came out. Just really bad timing. I think she knew something was up because then she left us alone for awhile to talk afterwards but you have to give people some time to breathe! Pizzas were all delicious though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate