After more teasing and denial than most of our more epic flirtations, Michael White at last unveils his pizzeria, Nicoletta, opening later this week.* Chef Bianco's version of pie channels his Midwestern roots, we're told, though the style is technically Palermitana, in case you need a break from the floppy Neopolitan style. The Fior di Zucca is topped with zucchini flower, fior de latte, basil pesto, and Parmigiano, while the Calabrese gets the fennel sausage, pepperoni, red onion, tomato treatment, and you can also order them come voule (topped as you please). The 58 seats look onto an open kitchen, and there are 38 more outside. There's also a promising-sounding Lasagna Napoletana baked in limited quantities, which is sure to inspire a mania on the food blogs. See the food and space straight ahead.
Nicoletta, 160 Second Ave., at 10th St.
*This post has been corrected to show that Nicoletta opens later this week, not Monday.