Don Antonio by Starita
309 W 50th St
New York, NY 10019
Why did we dine here? – Don Antonio by Starita is a popular pizza restaurant in New York City’s Midtown area. It brings together 2 pizza superstars: Roberto Caporuscio of Kesté Pizza & Vino in New York City, and his maestro, Antonio Starita of Pizzeria Starita a Materdei in Naples. Starita in Naples remains our top Pizza experience, so we had to try this place out.
This narrow but long and loud restaurant had rock thumping away.
Insider Tip – No reservations, so come earlier for faster service. Not far from Theater district.
Cuisine – Pizza
Location – Midtown New York
Opened – 2012
Service – Don Antonio had reasonable service. The server was friendly, especially when we told him we’d been to Starita in Napoli. Don’t expect lots of attention here, afterall it is a pizza joint.
Verdict – Don Antonio serves up very good pizza. Not up to Starita in Naples, but pretty fine authentic Neapolitan style pies in the Big Apple. A great place to go when you are in Times Square or watching a show in the Theater district.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Maybe. 1 Hour? Maybe.
Don Antonio Signature Dishes – Pizza, Pizze Fritte
Don Antonio’s Menu features more than 60 traditional and creative, wood-fired Neapolitan pies.
Don Antonio Food Picks:
Homeade Tartufo Burrata ($22) – homemade burrata filled with black and white truffles, served with prosciutto di parma and tomatoes. Huge blob of tender silky cheese along with 3 thin slices of prosciutto di parma. Decadent and smooth.
Rustica ($12) spring mix, prosciutto di parma, artichokes, gaeta olives, lemon and extra virgin olive oil was a satisfying but average sized salad.
Margherita ($13) tomato sauce, fresh homemade mozzarella, pecorino romano, basil, extra virgin olive oil (V) was a beautiful pizza with nice cheese blobs and a blistered crust. Very good pizza that needed more basil. Good Flavor and a chewy crust.
Antonio Starita’s specialty Montara Starita ($15) lightly fried pizza dough, topped with signature Starita tomato sauce, imported smoked buffalo mozzarella and basil, finished in their wood-fired oven (V) Thicker crust, chewier, and fluffier pizza than the Margherita. Not big, less flavor than the other pizza, slightly crunchy.
Pizza Nutella ($11) is not on the menu, so ask. A folded pizza filled with nutella. We had it in Naples and still love this dessert pizza.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Mojito ($12) was tall but average.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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