Carb-tastic Pizza!

If you think I spend a lot of time in the financial district…you are right.  I want to put the word in on a reliable, if slightly pricey, trattoria-esque option!
Acqua Restaurant is located at peck slip downtown.  This is the oldest part of the city, and is covered in cobblestones and surrounded by buildings where Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill Cody used to eat and drink when they performed at Madison Square Garden!  I swear, it would have been so neat to grow up on the east coast-everywhere is living history!  I heard that Acqua is a casual but delicious option, so we sat down in the relaxed, open space.
We ordered the white pizza with potatoes, onions, prosciutto, and house made mozzarella.  WOW!  I forgot to get an upskirt shot because i SCOFFED this so fast!  This was reminiscent of one of my favorite CPK pizzas of all time, the late, great, rosemary chicken potato pizza.  Many a tears were shed when that pizza was retired.  But replacing the chicken with salty, silky, gently charred, fatty PROSCIUTTO?!?!  OK, this pizza raised the potato pizza BAR!  The crust was thin, crunchy at the edges, and tender within.   The potatoes must have been par-boiled because they were meltingly soft as well as fried to a crunchy crisp at the top layer.  The onions were sweet and umami-filled, and the mozzarella was the final taste layer of creamy goodness.  This pizza was not greasy, but had enough fat to keep it pleasingly moist, and was a salty, creamy, sweet, crunchy, umami filled flavor bomb.  I loved it and consider it on par with any pizza in the city.
We also got the fish of the day-a snapper, steamed and served with sauteed garlic and roasted potatoes. The fish was excellently, if simply, prepared, and the moist, sweet flesh sang with just a squeeze of lemon.l  The spinach was perfectly cooked, tasting of all it’s minerally, vegetal goodness without too much overwhelming garlic-just enough to remind me that life is worthless without garlic breath ;) .  The potatoes were also great-crispy, rosemary flecked, steaming hot and fluffy within..this place is rad with the tubers!
Great food, nice atmosphere, good service…are there any downsides here? Ummm…yes.  This was pretty overpriced.  The pizza was $16 and the fish was $26.  In the east village, those prices would never fly, and even in hell’s kitchen you can do better than that.  But this is the FiDi.  And pickins are slimmer.  So…they can overcharge.  Is it fair?  no.  Is it the way of the world?  yes.  Is it insanely expensive and overcharged? no.  Will I return?…Probably, yes.  For that pizza.  Because I love it.  And because in this neighborhood, it’s one of the only places to get this kind of meal…and because, once again, it’s carbs on carbs.  How can you really put a price on that?

Comments

  1. JustinM says:

    We need more upskirt shots!

  2. Fritos and Foie Gras says:

    @JustinM-Duly noted! And I agree…this post and the next are my weakest, photography wise. I need to be better about not scarfing down my food without taking proper pics!

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