Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Rivoli Pizza II: "Larry is dead."
I remember the name Rivoli Pizza from my notes and I just spent the past ten minutes researching on a popular search engine for information on Rivoli Pizza I. It wasn't until I consulted my trusty companion, Il Pizza Journal that I saw that I had, in fact, attempted to visit the Original Rivoli, and it is, in fact, no longer there. Having now eaten at Rivoli Pizza II, it is no surprise that its predecessor has gone the way of the microraptor, the primary differences between the two being that Rivoli Pizza was a probably mediocre pizza shop, and the microraptor is a dinosaur that looks like it could've lived in an Ursula LeGuinn novel and has four wings.
At least, in juxtaposition with what I ate before it, this is actually pizza. However, this is mediocre pizza at best, and kind of bad pizza at worst. The dough was crumbly, like soggy sheetrock, the cheese was cheap and had what Laszlo characterizes as "the bad grease," and the sauce, Eric pointed out, "tastes like it's about to turn." You know when you dumpster pizza in the summer from those places down by Wall Street that close when it's still light out, and they've been sitting out in the sun baking in garbage bags for a few hours by the time you get there, and you take a bite and you realize the sauce is a pinch of yeast away from becoming some kind of disgusting Tomato Wine? It was like that. Sort of rancid.
Rivoli Pizza II - $2.50
125 Christopher St (Hudson & Bedford)
New York, NY 10014