Thought Campo de Fiori would be the only new pizza place wed tell you about today? Fuggedaboutit: The owners of the financial districts Zigolinis just opened a sexy sister concept in Hells Kitchen. Partner Dalio Calado describes it as a classic Neapolitan style pizza with a boutique bar, and he says hes hoping to open another one on the Upper West Side.
As for this location, the centerpiece of the dim-lit narrow space, which previously belonged to Orchid Carribean Soul Cuisine, is a communal table seating 40; at the back, additional seats look onto the pizza oven built by Giuseppe Paciullo, who learned his craft in Salerno. The oven is also being used to make panini al forno and, as the menu and hours expand (itll be another week before the full liquor license comes in and they start serving wines by the glass), itll bake pasta and the like. Heres the current menu.
Zigolinis Pizza Bar, 675A Ninth Ave., nr. 47th St.; 212-333-3900