Don Antonio by Starita, New York City

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Don Antonio by Starita

309 W 50th St

New York, NY 10019

646-719-1043

Don Antonio by Starita Website

Don Antonio by Starita New York exterior decor

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.

Don Antonio by Starita New York interior decor

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.

Website Don Antonio Menu

Don Antonio Food Picks:

Don Antonio by Starita New York Tartufo Burrata

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.

Don Antonio by Starita New York Rustica salad

Rustica ($12) spring mix, prosciutto di parma, artichokes, gaeta olives, lemon and extra virgin olive oil was a satisfying but average sized salad.

Don Antonio by Starita New York Margherita pizza

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.

Don Antonio by Starita New York Montara Starita

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.

Don Antonio by Starita New York Pizza Nutella

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)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Don Antonio by Starita Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes

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