Keste Pizza & Vino 271 Bleecker St./Morton, (212) 243-1500. L-D daily; $$.
The menu in this acclaimed pizzeria is simple--pizzas, calzones, panini, and salads—that’s it. Order up a Toscana salad with fresh pear and walnuts, along with a spectacular thin-crust pizza Margherita topped with housemade water-buffalo mozzarella, shredded basil, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Or maybe you prefer a calzone stuffed with mushrooms and a mix of cheeses that includes the fresh mozzarella. Gluten free is an option among the forty traditional and contemporary Neapolitan-style pies. The traditional techniques of Neapolitan pizzaiolos are followed here, including cooking in a wood-ﬁred oven, and ingredients are authentic—perhaps explaining why everything is so tasty and the line to get in is so long.
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