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San Matteo Pizzeria e Cucina, New York, NY
San Matteo Pizzeria e Cucina, New York, NY
San Matteo Pizzeria e Cucina, New York, NY
San Matteo Pizzeria e Cucina, New York, NY
San Matteo Pizzeria e Cucina, New York, NY
Award-winning

San Matteo Pizzeria e Cucina

4.8
4.8
372 Reviews
$30 and under
Pizzeria
At San Matteo Pizzeria e Cucina located in the Upper East Side of New York City, guests enjoy authentic Neapolitan pizzas, panuozzi and other Italian favorites. Panuozzi, which is made with charred pizza dough that is folded over and stuffed with tasty ingredients, is growing in popularity, especially in the New York City pizzeria scene. San Matteo Pizzeria e Cucina has mastered this unique dish with its selection of panuozzi. Because San Matteo Pizzeria e Cucina is open until 11 p.m., it is a suitable place for late-night meals with family or friends. Sip on a glass of red or white wine while partaking in popular menu items like the pancetta panuozzo, which features dry-cured pancetta, provolone cheese, black pepper and artichokes, and the Diavola pizza, which is topped with fresh basil, homemade mozzarella, spicy soppressata and parmigiano reggiano.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Pizzeria, Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 861-2434
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Book us for your catering party. We will bring our Pizza Trailer. CALL US for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    Book us for your catering party. We will bring our Pizza Trailer. CALL US for more information
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Upper East Side
  • Cross street
    81st Street
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    4, 5, 6 to 77th StreetM, Q to 86th Street
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 372 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York City

    Pizzeria

  • Manhattan

    Pizzeria

372 Reviews
  1. Cosmo

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great pizza thick crust outer. Thin crust bottom. Great choices for toppings. My choice

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience and food at the bar, David our server was charming and made it really fun.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Love this place! The pizza is amazing and incredibly delicious!! Our server was the best!! Highly recommend🍕🍕🍕

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  4. Gail

    New York City

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    San Matteo is always consistent. Has the best pizza!! Our server, Carmela, was wonderful and so warm. Highly recommend!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a good experience. Service was attentive even though the place was very busy. The homemade mozzarella was amazing! Pizza and salads were very good. The pizza was a little too soggy for me but that may have been due to the toppings on mine. Really good food overall.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Highly recommend for good Italian pizza. We also enjoyed a nice tagliata that I can recommend

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  7. JoyM

    New York City

    104 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food & service is very good! Our server Alexandra was awesome, along with the guys keeping the water glasses filled! Can be a little loud with small tables, but the yummy food outweighs that!

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  8. DavidH

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The pizza is amazing, reminds me of my trips to Italy,

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Posto davvero accogliente, personale attento e gentile, pizza come a Napoli (se non meglio!), veramente un’ottima esperienza, da ripetere.👍🏼

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  10. kbny

    New York City

    277 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    277 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Love San Mateo! Food is always so good, fresh and classically Italian. Always love their spinach salad, also enjoyed the arugula salad tonight. Regina Margherita pizza was spot on and the Spaghetti Cartoccio was delicious, although without the pesto, zucchini or cherry tomatoes listed in menu. Mushrooms and cheese only....what's with that? I have had this dish many times and was quite surprised when it was liberated from its foil envelope. Whatever it was, it did taste good. Added a Paesana pizza, which was yummy, especially when added hot honey and some red pepper flakes. Will be back - but next time will check the Spaghetti Cartoccio before the server leaves the table!

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  11. BryonyW

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best pizza we’ve had in New York! We booked and we seated immediately even though we were a little early. Staff very efficient and friendly. We all ordered pizza and they were so delicious - traditional thin base with puffy crust. Very good for families too, staff were friendly with the kids, and there’s an ice cream salon opposite!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Authentic Neapolitan cuisine in the heart of Manhattan. I am Italian and this was a comeback here after my first time last year. Best pizza I’ve ever had in US. Zucchine alla scapece and melanzane funghetto highly recommended.

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  13. Lynne

    Indiana

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Most authentic and delicious Italian food, pasta, pizza, etc in the city. Definitely a must do in NYC!

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  14. Suzicakes

    New York City

    515 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    515 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    OMG is all I have to say! This was some of the best pizza I’ve had. Dough light and billowy yet chewy and crisp. Just superb. Great salad and fabulous zucchini app. Small place, nothing fancy but wow, the food was fantastic!

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  15. AndrewB

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is one of my top 5 favorites in NYC. The food here is outstanding. We always get the same thing: eggplant app, pizza, steak and chicken parm. And then take home the award winning San Matteo Burger (on pizza bun) for the next day. Already cant wait to go back.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, place is great. Was so busy, the wait staff continued to disappear.

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  17. andreab

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice energy and good pizza always great service Thank you

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  18. MichaelD

    New York City

    151 reviews

    2.0

    151 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I had a 7:00 reservation & was not seated until 7:45.

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  19. RichardL

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, excellent service our third time there.

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  20. DJMXX

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our table of 6 was very happy with everything we tried. Service and food are outstanding. Ambiance is casual, fun, dynamic and bright. We over-ordered by 30-50% but wanted to try so many dishes. The standout was the panuozzo di bartolome - not to be missed!!! Loved the cacio e pepe pizza and the special pizza (fig, prosciutto) and the broccoli rabe. Then we ordered pastas (gnocchi, rigatoni allá Bolognese, the special with shaved truffles) and both the eggplant and the chicken parmigiana. Top this off with some great cocktails and a bottle of wine, a tiramisu and a lemon almond cake and we rolled out of there with full bellies and a few doggie bags! Highly recommend.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    San Matteo is one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in the city. Ciro and Alessia come from Salerno and share a passion for bringing the most intimate culinary tradition right to your table. They and their staff are welcoming, inviting and cheerful. There is so much to try, do not try to do it all in one sitting, but make San Matteo a regular on your dining out list, so you can enjoy their incredible plates over time. Complimenti a tutti!!

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  22. Pegz

    New York City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Italian Restaurant on the UES! Great food both taste & quality!

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  23. KimO

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    San Matteo was great - the food was excellent, the staff was super attentive, and it was overall a lovely environment in which to catch up with an old friend over dinner. I will be back!

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  24. OutforItalian

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Neapolitan pizzas and also some classic pasta dishes. If feeling adventurous & having a night when the wallet is open try the Tomahawk Steak - crazy good & comes with classic sides!

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  25. Anonymous

    New York City

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Terrific pizza, decent beers, noisy indoor environment

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Go-To place for superbly authentic wood fired pizza and extra large steaks from the dry aging meat locker.

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  27. Irishfe53

    New York City

    229 reviews

    5.0

    229 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time. Sunday noon family lunch. Had early dinner in July at San Matteo 10 blocks North on 91st and 2nd Ave. Thoroughly enjoyed both places for freshly made pizza, pasta, calzones, desserts. Simple rooms which can become crowded. On our list for excellent individual pizzas which serve one to two people.

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  28. jzinn

    New York City

    180 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    180 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The pizza is excellent. Each person ordered a different type and we were all satisfied. However, don't miss the appetizers and other dishes. They're just as good.

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  29. GlossGal

    New York City

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A friend who lived in Milan for nearly ten years told me San Matteo makes his favorite pizza in New York City. Having lived here since I was 18 (other than seven years), I was shocked I'd never been. I corrected that earlier this year, and I will forever be grateful to my friend for making me aware of this restaurant. Because, yes and of course, it's about the food. It's also about the exceptional staff in the kitchen and in table service. From Camilla, who greeted my friend and me on 8/6/23, to Ricardo who makes a cappuccino that would make the most seasoned barista return to training, to the staff responsible for making some of the best pizza (and meatballs and arancini and on and on) definitely in the five boroughs and likely in the United States. Everyone who works at San Matteo at E. 81st Street and 2nd Avenue provides reasons to tip in cash. About the food: you can tell when food is cooked with love, right? That's what you'll eat at San Matteo. The meatballs are generous in size, seasoning, texture, and presentation, with a sauce you'll want focaccia to mop up. The arancini make you grateful there are so many ways to cook with rice. The mixed greens salad comes with tiny tomatoes you're definitely not finding in the grocery store (or most of the farmers markets), and the Castelvetrano olives are included whole, which allows you to fully enjoy the best green olives ever, and it's easy to eat around the pit. Full disclosure: I've yet to eat pasta or sandwiches at San Matteo, so my opinions about main courses are limited to pizza. There's not a crust, saucing, topping application, texture, and overall satisfaction found and felt anywhere else in this New York City resident's lifetime. Whether you order Margarita, and recognize how fresh mozzarella and homemade sauce can distinguish, or Mariconda, which exemplifies Pecorino Romano in wonderful ways, or any other pie, you'll be thrilled. The wine list is short and thoughtful. Do. Not. Miss. San Matteo.

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  30. AndrewB

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best pizza, chicken parm and steak in NYC! The hamburger on pizza bread is award winning too.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Campania

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One the best authentic Neapolitan pizza in the entire NY. Service perfect, food amazing in every context. That must be the place for a pizza. (Italian guy)

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  32. MilanaB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yes, I would recommend this place! It was my mom’s birthday celebration and we had so much fun in here!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Awesome experience!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great pizza, kind and efficient service, relatively moderate prices and nice atmosphere.

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  35. FionaP

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had lovely pizzas here and a good salad. Friendly quick service - they were busy but paid attention. Nice local restaurant with a varied menu.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and timing for courses, amazing pizza selection

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  37. JacksonH

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good awesome food is great amazing yay omg love pizza

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  38. Jilor

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always delicious! One of our favorite spots in the neighborhood.

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  39. NYCGirl

    New York City

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of my favorite Italian spots on the UES, the pizza and meatballs are delicious!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Pizza place should serve good pizza. Crust was soggy. It was like tomato soup and some cheese on top. If you like pizza. Don’t go there.

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FAQs

San Matteo Pizzeria e Cucina does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Postmates.

San Matteo Pizzeria e Cucina is rated 4.8 stars by 372 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for San Matteo Pizzeria e Cucina

1559 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    81st Street
  • Neighborhood
    Upper East Side
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Pizzeria, Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    4, 5, 6 to 77th StreetM, Q to 86th Street
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 861-2434
  • Catering
    Book us for your catering party. We will bring our Pizza Trailer. CALL US for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    Book us for your catering party. We will bring our Pizza Trailer. CALL US for more information
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