Veloce Pizzeria (103 1st Ave @ 7th Street) is the latest addition to the swarm of upscale pizza shops that have taken over the East Village recently. It opened last week, and Lauren and I swung by on Friday night to see what was cooking. With only five Sicilian pies on the menu, the selection is somewhat limited although with pizza I always preach quality over quantity.
The restaurant is pretty bare bones. Tables are covered with red and white checked tablecloths. There are three televisions – two which were playing a western movie and one which had on an Asian film. The left wall, visible below, is covered with horizontal wine bottle along an illuminated backdrop. The place is a mix between that old school pizzeria in your hometown and a hip NYC lounge that is trying to be a bit too cool. The restaurant seats about 50 people and was less than half full on Friday evening around 10PM.
Sfincione (tomato sauce, anchovy, onion, caciocavallo, toasted bread crumb) – $15
Mignotta (mozzarella, sweet onion, arugula) – $16
Margherita (tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil) – $15
Salsiccia (garlic sausage ragu, mozzarella) – $18
We didn’t get dessert, but it is worth noting that they have a pretty extensive wine list. Glasses are $8 or $9 and bottles start at $32. I paired my pizza with a glass of Sunnae which was quite enjoyable (although as my friends know, I know nothing about wine). White, please!!
After dinner, we took a look in the kitchen which was decorated with some cool graffiti. The kitchen was expectantly small considering the limited options on the menu.