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Donatella

3.7
424 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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About

If you live in the Chelsea area and love pizza, Prova Pizza is a great choice for satiating your next craving. It’s one of the few places that make Neapolitan pizza which is a lot different than the kind most are used to in the states. It’s softer and made with San Marzano tomatoes. Buffalo mozzarella cheese is also used.

The result is the kind of deep dish pie that has made Prova Pizza so popular. There are several versions at this restaurant too, including margarita, classic Italian and Italian sausage. All of these are made in Prova Pizza’s wood fire oven.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Monday-Wednesday: 4pm-10pm
Thursday-Saturday: 12:00pm-11:00pm
Sunday- 12:00pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 493-5150
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jonathan Shepard
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Private party facilities
Book the chef's table by the glittering pizza oven for an intimate party of up to 15 or rent the entire bright and airy 2,000 square foot space for your next holiday party. And don’t forget about D Bar, a sleek and sophisticated cocktail lounge connected to the restaurant via a secret door.
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Private party contact
Daniely Oliveira: (646) 594-0497
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Catering
Donatella Restaurant has an extensive catering menu. Pick from one of four pre-selected packages or create your own. Please email our Catering and Events Manager: daniely.oliveira@donatellanyc.com to inquire.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
19th Street
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Public transit
A to 14th St.
L to 8th Ave.
1 to 18th St.
C, E to 23rd St.
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Special events & promotions
Let us host your next event! Whether you're planning a kids birthday, corporate happy hour, or holiday party, we have the perfect private space and mouth-watering menu for you.

Our signature pizza-making and cupcake-decorating party is perfect for kids of all ages. You can even schedule a pizza and meatball making class for adults!

Please email our Catering and Events Manager: daniely.oliveira@donatellanyc.com to inquire.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7  based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.6
service
3.6
ambience
Noise · Moderate
76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on December 21, 2013

Disappointing! Food was average. Service was poor. We wanted to share dishes and space out the courses and it was the opposite
We were done dinner in 40 minutes! Place was dead on a Saturday night before the holidays!

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vipMatt (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on December 12, 2013

No greeter, so we finally flagged down a kitchen staffer to find the front of house staff, even though we came in at our reservation time (on a Thursday night!). Room temperature wine, food (including the "world-famous" meatballs) seemed reheated and overly spiced - either very salty or very fishy. Although the menu is pretty limited, the pasta seemed to be the only thing freshly cooked. Please, get better!

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jep1283 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 10, 2013

This place charges way too much for just "ok" food. My risotto was undercooked and the scallops on top smelled terrible. Couldn't really finish the dish.

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vipMolo (E. Tennessee)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2013

We were recently on a short business trip to NYC and this was by far our favorite dining experience. Each member of our party raved about their dinner and dessert choices and how delicious everything tasted, the flavors extraordinary. The setting is cozy and warm with beautiful lighting. The service was amazing, we were treated like special guests.

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cuzncj (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 3, 2013

A golden glow, comfortable atmosphere, comfort food with an elegant twist, and an amiable wait staff, are the true highlights of this neighborhood favorite in the heart of Chelsea. Great meatballs! And we hung out with family and friends (kids included) for hours and never felt rushed out.

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debeat (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on November 16, 2013

we went with 6 people the restaurant was not full but our waiter kept tryng to rush us through the meal. my sons girlfriend ordered the parpadelle and the portion was not even big enough for a appetizer. we were having pasta and we had to ask for bread. would not recommend this place, too many other restaurants we could have gone to and not be rushed to finish, especially since there were other empty tables, I can see why!

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ahoughjr3 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2013

Terrific pizza, and the meatballs definitely deserved to win all of its awards. I used to live in Chelsea, and it was great to come back to Donatella and see it's still as great as I remember it.

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viplmsd (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 9, 2013

Overall the dining experience was fine, but the food was not very good. It wasn't inedible, just so so. I like all of Donatella Arpia's restaurants and this one does not even come close to comparing. I had also ordered an item that was not on the menu and the waiter said they may not have it because they did not have it yesterday. He left to ask (which is something he should have been made aware of before he started his shift) and when he returned he acted annoyed at the restaurant for not having it. Not something we as patrons should have seen. I would not return to the restaurant nor would I recommend it.

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brchelsea (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on November 8, 2013

i wonder when donatella arpaia last checked in on the restaurant to which she's given her name. from the moment we walked in the door, we were underwhelmed by the experience. no one at the host station to greet us. when the host did finally approach us, the greeting was not exactly hospitable, nor was our table ready. apparently, reserving a table means nothing and they will seat walk-ins ahead of you. once we finally did sit, the service was very rushed. our appetizer, the beet caprese salad, was pretty bland. it was under-seasoned and the giant disk of ricotta on the plate tasted like the cheapy polly-o brand from gristedes. the atmosphere and decor were not at all special, very much any other place on 8th ave in chelsea. overall, meh.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on November 7, 2013

The space itself is quite beautiful and the staff was very friendly. But the food was disappointing. We ordered a Cappellaccio pie (mushroom pizza) and the Paccheri Alla Genovese pasta. Neither one was good and the portions were very small for the price. We will not be returning. Our waiter did not ask us how it was at the end. Maybe he knows?

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runner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on November 2, 2013

We made reservations at Donatella and when we got there, they told us that they didn't have pizza dough and wouldn't have any for another hour or two. This was at 6:30 on a Saturday night at a place famous for their imported brick oven pizza. Ultimate Fail. In fact, the host wasn't even apologetic.

I would never recommend this place to anyone.

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SDRunner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on November 2, 2013

My ordered a glass of Chianti only to find out they were out of Chianti. I don't know how an Italian restaurant runs out of Chianti, but the waiter did bring over an alternate wine to try, and that was good enough. The waiter then told us that the pizza oven was out of order and that no pizzas would be available that night. It seems careless for a restaurant known for pizza to get to Saturday dinner service and only then find out their oven is broken, but stuff happens. What really bothered me about the whole experience was that the waiter couldn't even recommend another pizza place in the area. He just put up his hands and said he wasn't from around there, and then left. Luckily, we found Patsy's on 23rd and had an excellent meal.

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vipscotty (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on November 1, 2013

Donatella is supposed to be synonymous with exceptional food and service. Neither were present on this visit. Basic Margarita pizza came out undercooked and lacking any flavor. Wait service was virtually unseen as he forgot orders and everything took forever to hit the table which makes the undercooked pizza all the more surprising. Follow up service was equally nonexistent. Only bright moment were their award winning meatballs.. The only item of the evening worthy of the Donatella name. Ownership needs to pay more attention to this or risk it's demise...

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vipNSAdocNYC (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 25, 2013

The meatballs are slated to be better than my grandmother's and they weren't. They were not seasoned at all and contained too much breadcrumbs or bread. There was no depth of flavor in them. The Enzo pizza was good.

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vipdowntowner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 15, 2013

I have dined in other donatella's restaurant before but never a big fan of it, but decided to give this one a try because of the 1000 opentable points. It was very mediocre with over priced (for the food quality and the neighborhood that's in) and small portion. The service was ok. The day we went looked like they were short on staff. I think a person who cleans the tables and picks up dishes was also doing double duty as the "maitre d"

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