Kesté Pizza & Vino

Kesté Pizza & Vino

The first time I ate here was years ago when my cousin, award winning photographer Massimo Cristaldi was staying here for his art opening in SoHo. I heard him on the phone telling a friend that this pizza is as close as it gets outside of Italy.  If anyone should know, its a native Sicilian.

This was my 3rd time back. Luckily we got in there around 3pm just before it started to rain and just before the 4pm rush.  About a dozen people came in all at the same time.  I imagine this place gets very busy around dinner time, too busy to even get near.

We started, as all great Italian meals do, with antipasti.  This one was with burrata, prosciutto de parma and some yellow and red cherry peppers with fresh basil and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.

Now when you come here, you can get literally dozens of pizza, white, classic, specialty, even gluten free options. But no matter what you get, you have to have it the way it would be served in Italy.  After you start with their basic Margherita, then you can be more adventurous and order something like the Diavola, which is basically the Margherita but with spicy sopressata.  For those of you that don’t know your Italian cured meats, this is about as close as it gets to pepperoni but not as tangy.

They have a great selection of beer, wine by the glass, half liter (which is about 3 glasses of wine), or even by the bottle.

They have 70 different types of pizza, red, white and 18 of which are gluten free.  They have many appetizers and salads as well.  So anyone should be find something to eat here.

THEIR STORY: Roberto Caporuscio was born and raised on a dairy farm in Pontinia, Italy, an hour outside of Naples, where he first developed his culinary skills producing and selling cheese. However, it was in Naples, where Roberto went to study the art and craft of Neapolitan pizza-making, with the most talented pizza masters. After training with the best, Roberto came to the United States where he opened several successful pizzerias, and ultimately settled in New York City in 2009, and established Kesté Pizza & Vino.

Kesté, meaning “this is it” in the dialect of Naples, is an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria located at 271 Bleecker Street, in the heart of Greenwich Village. At Kesté, pizza fans can indulge in an expansive assortment of 50 traditional and creative wood-fired Neapolitan style pies, crafted from the finest ingredients, including homemade mozzarella. In addition to several red, white and specialty pizzas, the menu also showcases an assortment of gluten free pizzas as well as several vegetarian and vegan options.

In February 2012, Roberto collaborated with his mentor, Antonio Starita, and opened Don Antonio by Starita, a Neapolitan pizza restaurant located on West 50th Street, in Midtown, Manhattan followed by a second location in Atlanta, GA.

Keste Pizza & Vino 271 Bleecker Street, New York NY 10014
Phone. (212) 243-1500

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