On my last night in New York City I met up with three of my closest childhood friends at Nizza on the corner of 45th Street and 9th Avenue.
Nizza has a large outdoor patio which was totally packed when we arrived at 8:00pm.
We had a reservation and got a fantastic, spacious, round booth in the back left corner of the restaurant.
From my seat I was taking in all the wine themed decorations which included rows of wine bottles lining the ceiling.
The bar was one of the most impressive I have seen. It was literally glowing.
The menu at Nizza is classic Italian, mostly focusing on pizzas and pastas.
While we looked over the menu our waiter brought us some bread, burrata cheese and olive oil to nosh on.
We decided to order a plate of fried ravioli for the table. When I've had fried ravioli in the past they have been coated in coarse bread crumbs. These fried raviolis were almost bordering on sweet instead of savory.
They came with a spicy tomato sauce for dipping which helped to balance out the sweet crescenza cheese filling.
To start, one of my friends and I split the arugula salad which came topped with parmesan, lemon and olive oil. We told our waiter we would be sharing the salad and he brought it to us on two small plates, one for each of us. I love when restaurants do that. I was so excited for the salad that I forgot to take a photo of it!
My other two friends ordered the braised artichoke hearts as an appetizer, which came with two artichoke hearts stuffed with parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. The dish got a so-so review.
For our entree, my friend and I split the Napoletana pizza which is tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. It was everything a classic, Italian pizza should be. The flavors were perfect and the cheese was ooey gooey and delicious.
Our friends decided to share two plates: the Caesar salad and the Carciofo pizza. They said the Caesar had a strange dressing on it, almost like a runny Italian. It wasn't what they were expecting and they mostly pushed it around the plate.
They also shared the Carciofo pizza which came topped with artichokes, olives, goat cheese and parmesan. Can you tell they like artichokes? They loved their pizza as much as we loved ours, commenting that the crust was oven baked to perfection.
The atmosphere at Nizza was great, our waiter was very attentive and the food was delicious. If you're looking for a great pre-theater meal, I'd highly recommend it.
After dinner, one of the friends and I decided to walk from Nizza (45th and 9th Avenue) back to her apartment at 33rd and 3rd Avenue. It was a beautiful night and I always love walking through the city. Just a few blocks before reaching her apartment we decided to stop for dessert at an incredibly beautiful place. More on that in the next post!