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The homemade dishes are a "pasta lover's dream" at this "authentic" Southern Italian duo, where "attentive servers" deliver an "old-world menu" that also highlights "terrific pizza"; the original Arthur Avenue enclave recalls a "courtyard in Sicily", though the newer Flatiron branch is an equally "worthy" follow-up.
Zero Otto Nove, chef Roberto Paciullo's pizzeria and trattoria on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, brings fans from all five boroughs to this old-school stretch of New York. A large skylight and a trompe d'oil mural, depicting a picturesque alleyway, give the double height dining room an Italian courtyard vibe. The space is dominated by a wood-burning oven that fires up Neapolitan-style pizza, including Margherita pies (fresh mozzarella, San Marzano tomato sauce, Parmigiano, and basil) that get shout-outs from food bloggers as the best in the city. The lengthy menu also includes pizzas that trade the tomato sauce for butternut squash puree, plus antipasti, soups, salads, and house-made pasta dishes, such as baked rigatoni and squid ink linguine with calamari. A popular dessert choice is the decadent Nutella calzone, filled with the creamy chocolate-hazelnut spread and topped with powdered sugar.
The check can add up, especially if you opt for some of the pricier main courses or bottles of wine. But diners who stick to the pizza and pastas will likely find it to be a wallet-friendly experience. At lunchtime, most menu items are a few dollars cheaper. If an excursion to the Bronx doesn't suit your schedule, note that there's a second Zero Otto Nove outpost in Manhattan's Flatiron neighborhood.
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What to tell a cabbie
Take me to Arthur Ave. and E. 186th St. in the Bronx. (From many points in the city, a taxi ride to Arthur Avenue will be expensive. Consider taking the Metro-North Railroad or ask the staff at your hotel to arrange a fixed fare with a car service.)
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