NYC Restaurants

La Montanara


168 Ludlow St (Houston St)
New York, NY, 10002
(646) 657-0730

Cuisine: Pizza , Italian

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La Montanara, opened by the people who run the popular Forcella, is a tiny restaurant that only serves a few items, all of which are fried. Fried pizza, fried risotto balls, and fried desserts are all on the menu. Order at the counter, then wait at your table until your number is called. Their specialty, fried pizza, consists of dough that has been dropped in the fryer for 30 seconds, then topped and baked for additional time until the dough is cooked through and the cheese is melted.
Be aware that this is not fast food.  It is made to order and comes out as it is ready. Grab a few friends , grab one of the very few seating options in the back of the bare-bones operation, and wait the 15 minutes until your number is called.

Salame Piccante is the only choice for pepperoni lovers. The dough is crisp outside and pliant inside, with a faintly sweet taste.  Paired with homemade mozzarella, zesty pepperoni, and bright tomato sauce, it is a winner.

Tartufo, topped with delicate ham and fragrant truffle oil, is a more earthy, woodsy pizza. Served with that same creamy mozzarella, it showcases the dough in another, equally unique way.

La Montanara is very inexpensive and very unusual; bad for a date but perfect for a solo meal. If you are on the LES and in need of some pizza, be sure to check it out.

Review By: Sarah Spigelman

Neighborhood: Lower East Side

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