FIT FOOD FINDS: Rizzo's in the East Village Delights
Rizzo's Fine Pizza Company on Clinton Avenue in the East Village combines Italian family tradition with a welcoming bar and restaurant and the best pizza around. This trendy, establishment totally captures the feel of the neighborhood. Manager, Phillip Rosello told us that the interior decor, some of which was crafted from reclaimed church furnishings, is designed to keep that authentic old-fashioned pizzeria feel. Some of Rizzo's original pizza tools hang on the wall along with prints of the early days of pizza making.
Pizza is actually considered a "healthy" meal and satisfies many daily dietary requirements. Yet pies are too often loaded with extra cheeses, processed meats, Alfredo sauce, and dips which add excess fat and calories. Calorie counts on pizza can vary dramatically; a slice of thin crust pizza with a modest amount of cheese and vegetable toppings can be approximately 350 calories while a thick crust with lots of cheese and processed meat can be approximately 750 calories. With a possible 400 calorie difference and dramatic variations in fat and sodium content, choosing the right slice makes all the difference.
Rizzo's does it right. Their pies feature a thin light crust, a tomato sauce that tastes like your Sicilian grandmother's, and a wide variety of fresh toppings. You will have your pizza appetite satisfied, and still feel fit even after a few slices. Try Frank Rizzo's newest creation on thin crust with parmesan, arugula, fresh tomatoes and balsamic reduction drizzle. Rizzo's prepares over 18 varieties of personal pizzas including their original square pan pizza for your dining pleasure. You can also stop by their take-out shop adjacent to the restaurant for a slice anytime.
While, you are there, relax. Salute! The excellent wine and beer selection has no pricing confusion with wine ($6.00 glass, $22.00 bottle), craft beer ($6.00 pint).
"Fit Food Finds" picks Rizzo's Fine Pizza Company for delicious pizza and light menu choices that help our readers "eat to stay fit." What was started in Astoria in 1959, makes its debut in style in the East Village-Rizzo's lives on.
Rizzo's Fine Pizza Company, 17 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002 (646) 454-1262