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Published July 8th 2011
The cobblestone streets of Lower Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood lead to trendy boutiques, galleries, small local businesses and numerous international dining venues. Among these eateries are those that offer Italian fare, including most everyone's all-time favorite—pizza. Venture to any of these local favorites, and savor a taste of Italy. Buon appetito.
If you're looking for some unique specialty pies, a visit to Saluggi's Pizza on 325 Church Street is your answer. While the casual venue carries tasty slices of plain cheese pizza, meat lovers may want to sample their Italian Deli pie, which, just like the sandwich for which it's named, comprises ham, salami and provolone, plus caramelized onions over a marinara sauce. The more adventurous veggie lovers may want a slice of the brussel sprout pizza with yes, roasted brussel sprouts, complemented by crispy bacon, caramelized onion and mozzarella. For a taste of gorgonzola, mozzarella and a mix of walnuts and onions, try their Blue pizza.
Of course, as with most Italian eateries, Saluggi's serves up more than just pizza. The eggplant rollatini and shrimp parmesan entrees hit the spot.
Choose from among the tables inside, or dine al fresco by grabbing one of two tables outside during the warmer months.
Don on dressy casual attire when visiting Dean's Pizzeria & Restaurant on 349 Greenwich Street, for a relaxed, but slightly upscale ambiance. Enjoy your meal in an open, airy dining area with a view of the brick oven, tablecloth-free dark wooden tables and a bar.
When you bite into a slice of the thin crust, brick-oven baked pizza at Dean's, you'll taste the goodness of their homemade mozzarella, plus a host of toppings, including roasted peppers, sun-dried tomatoes and prosciutto. Or, try their other menu options, such as calzones, pasta dishes and salads. Their organic field greens salad comes with apples, walnuts and bleu cheese.
Don't be surprised to hear some business chatter, as Dean's is frequented by downtown office employees, especially during lunch or dinner. Time your visit well, and you may be able to snag one of the tables near the front, or out on the sidewalk cafe, so you can catch a glimpse of everyday local activity.
For myriad pizza pie choices, head over to the cozy and very casual Tribeca Pizzeria, located on 378 Greenwich Street. Besides pizza, the kid-friendly neighborhood venue also serves hot and cold hero sandwiches, salads, soups and pastas, like baked ziti.
But, of course, the main specialty is pizza, and Tribeca Pizzeria offers an array to satisfy varying palates. Try their tasty Chicago pie, Neopolitan or for those who want healthier options, their whole wheat pizza. The Tri-Pie Special allows the pizza connoisseur as many as 18 different topping options, each at an additional cost, such as jalapeno, goat cheese, meatballs and eggplant. The specialty pie toppings range from white pesto, Buffalo chicken, veggie primavera and fried calamari—perfect for those who don't mind spending a bit (from $23 to $29 per pie) for a mouth-watering journey. Top off your meal with tiramisu or zeppoles for classic Italian goodness.
Outdoor seating is sparse, but provided during pleasant weather.