Justin Slojkowski and Dave Gulino, who earned critical acclaim for serving a tasting menu inside a 300-square-foot St. Marks Place coffee shop, have opened their sophomore act: an East Village restaurant that specializes in Neapolitan pizza. It’s almost unfair to bill Bruno as a pizzeria, though, as the chefs are offering a whole slew of ambitious dishes, like fluke with uni, mulberries, and snap peas; cavatappi pasta with smoked bone marrow, clams, bacon, and collard greens; and olive-oil gelato with tri-star strawberries and cashews.
For the pizza, the chefs are sourcing local, domestic ingredients, and their recipes are refreshingly unusual. There’s a Summer Greens pie with ricotta, carrot-top pesto, zucchini, noodlefish, and chili, and a Country Ham option topped with local peaches. Even the classic Margherita has fermented tomatoes and lovage. Take a look:
Bruno, 204 E. 13th St., 212-598-3080