The wind was blowing the rain right into our faces as we wandered down east 57th street after visiting Niketown, which incidentally has an in-house DJ. It was cold and miserable out and we were looking for something to eat when we stumbled upon My Pie Pizzeria Romana on the corner of east 57th and Lexington Ave.
So, we weren't led there by someone proclaiming it as New York's finest slice or some such, and I'm not going to tell you that it is the best pizza in New York either. There are so many places to get pizza in this city, some good, some bad, some that you wonder how they got that B health service rating. The styles of pizza vary too from the 'this is so bad for me and greasy but I'm eating it anyway', to 'this doesn't taste as bad for me so I'm not going to feel as guilty as I probably should.' The slices at My Pie were definitely from the second camp.
I got a slice of the caramelised onion and mozarella to start. The crust was so crunchy and delicious and the caramelised onion's flavour was sweet and full. They don't add any sugar to their pizza bases (which, call me an idiot, but I didn't know was the usually done thing. I just eat the stuff, I don't cook it) but I didn't notice anything missing. If anything, their bases were better than most. I guess this depends on whether you like crispy bases or soggy ones though.
My partner got a potato, gorgonzola and mozarella slice which he raved about saying how cheesy it was and enjoying the crunch of the base and then the gooeyness of the cheese.
The toppings on offer aren't as varied as some places I've seen, but what they did have all looked delicious. Apart from the two we chose to begin with they had a buffalo mozarella, tomato and basil that looked to die for, a pepperoni, a mushroom and truffle oil, a margherita and spinach and artichoke which we were tempted enough by to split a third slice between us.
The seating area was small like most pizza places here. There were only five stalls. The decor was bright and cheery and it almost felt like we were in somebody's kitchen. Italian music played but not the incredibly cheesy kind.
The area was also really clean and cosy, making it very enjoyable to sit and watch the rain in the dreary outside world while we were tucked away enjoying our slices. The people are also lovely who work there and they make sure that the slices are nice and hot all the way through, not slightly cold in some parts like other places I've been.
While it wasn't the cheapest pizza around, and I wouldn't say it was the best, it was certainly good pizza, there's no doubt in my mind about that. They also really emphasize the quality ingredients they use to cook it.
I wouldn't recommend the place if you're after a grease injection as your craving won't be fulfilled by this good tasting non-greasy pizza but if you're looking for a slightly healthier alternative style pizza, or you just happen to be in the area, pop in for a slice and see what you think.