First Look at Buca Brick Oven Pizza: Wood-Fired Gnocchi on the Upper West

Sebastiano Cappitta just opened Bettolona near Columbia a month ago, and today he’ll fire up another wood-burning oven in the area. Buca means “hole,” and Buca Brick Oven Pizza is indeed a bit of a hole in the wall seating just twenty, but Cappitta is banking on the draw of pizzaiolo Attilio Reale, a Naples native who set up the pizza program at the Setai in South Beach. Reale went to culinary school in Turin, and as a result, his crusts are a bit crispier than the typical Neapolitan pie — “somewhere between Neapolitan and Roman,” is how it’s described (have a look for yourself, via the slideshow). In addition to the items below, he’ll be baking daily pastas such as lasagna bolognese, whole-wheat lasagna, and cannelloni — all of them (along with everything else, except for a few cold appetizers) in the brick oven. Buca is open for dinner (Italian beer and wines are served) as well as lunch and soon brunch.

POLPETTINE slowly cooked meatballs in tomato sauce from our oven 8

CAPRESE fresh fior di latte bocconcini di mozzarella, plum tomatoes and basil 7.50

INSALATA MISTA mixed greens with tomatoes 6

MELANZANE ALLA PARMIGIANA eggplant, fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce 7

VEGETALI ARROSTO flame roasted vegetables from our brick oven 7.50

GNOCCHI homemade gnocchi with tomato sauce and Italian fontina cheese 9.50

PASTA AL FORNO oven-baked pasta of the day p/a


MARGHERITA tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese and basil 9

NAPOLI tomato sauce, mozzarella, anchovies, capers, oregano 10.50

BOSCAIOLA sausage, mushrooms, tomato sauce and mozzarella, gorgonzola cheese 11

QUATTRO FORMAGGI E SALAMINO four cheeses, spicy soppressata 11

GORGONZOLA E PERE mozzarella, gorgonzola cheese and pears 10.50

TARTUFATA mozzarella, ricotta, mushrooms and truffle oil 11

SALSICCIA E FRIARELLI sausage, broccoli rabe, mozzarella, parmigiano 11

PARMIGIANA tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, eggplant, parmigiano 10.50

PROSCIUTTO imported prosciutto, homemade mozzarella and tomato sauce 11

QUATTRO STAGIONI tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh artichoke hearts, olives, mushrooms, ham 10.50

SALUTE whole wheat dough, tomato sauce, mozzarella and roasted vegetables 11

CALZONE FARCITO ham, mushrooms, black olives, soppressata, peppers 11

TIRAMISU homemade 6

PANNA COTTA homemade 5

NUTELLINO freshly baked crescent filled with nutella 7

We use local and organic ingredients whenever possible.

Buca Brick Oven Pizza, 201 W. 103rd St., nr. Amsterdam Ave.; 212-531-8730

First Look at Buca Brick Oven Pizza: Wood-Fired Gnocchi on the Upper West