Tutti Matti opened up in January. They’re slinging some of the best pizza I’ve ever had. Their pizza is Amalfi Coast style, which is cooked a little longer than Neopolitan style.
The crust is light, airy and crisp, yet it still has a doughy quality to it, so it isn’t stiff.
This crust makes for a great calzone too:
Our friends at The Creative Shake and Eaters Drinkers invited us here for a press meal, where we were able to sample a bunch of pizza as well as some of their regional Italian cuisine. Of course a really nice selection of Italian inspired cocktails were flowing.
This pasta dish is made with spicy nduja and tuna. You wouldn’t think the two go together well, but it was tasty.
I regret that I didn’t get a chance to sample the lasagna, but it looked and smelled delicious.
Fried seafood, very light and crisp, and served with a zucchini cream sauce that was incredible!
My favorite of the non-pizza items were these lamb chops. They were perfectly cooked, well seasoned and beautifully plated.
Last of the savory items was this chicken cutlet that was pounded flat, breaded, fried and topped with arugula, tomato and balsamic vinegar. Very simple and tasty – plus I thought it was kinda shaped like the Millennium Falcon.
For dessert, we all destroyed this delicious Nutella pizza:
This place has two chefs: a pizza chef, and a cuisine chef. I only spoke to the latter, Luigi, who served up the lamb that I loved so much. I was glad to have the opportunity to tell him just how awesome those chops were.
This place is just one stop into Long Island City on the 7 or E trains. I will definitely be back for more of that pizza and lamb in the future. In addition, they have the following weekly specials: 20% off lunch from noon to 3pm during the week; gnocchi night on Monday ($17 all you can eat); pizza night on Tuesday ($16 unlimited slices); ladies night on Wednesday (first glass of wine $13, rest of the night is free from 5pm to close); Thursday through Sunday $1 oysters 5pm to close; and Happy Hour all week from 4pm-7pm with $7 wine and $5 beer. Pretty amazing!
FINALLY got a chance to come back here and sample some more pizza and other dishes. The pizza still holds up as one of the best in town, easily. We tried four different pizzas:
Campagnola (tomato, prosciutto, arugula, parmesan)
Radicchio and sausage.
Broccoli rabe and sausage.
I think that last one was my favorite, but it was really tough to choose a best of the four.
We also samples some pasta dishes. First was this buccatini. Very simple and nicely executed:
Next was linguine with clams. Stunning presentation and very nice, mild flavors. Not too heavy with the garlic and oil.
Last, baked gnocci. While these were heavy, they had a lot of flavor.
Of course I had to get the lamb chops again since I loved them so much last time.
Only this time we also threw some rib eye into the mix! This 32oz offering for two was only $64. Not bad, however I felt that it was a bit over cooked on the edges (it was a thick cut) and slightly under seasoned. It just needed a hit of salt and pepper. 6/10.
Since we came in with a pack of about 15 food bloggers, they threw in a piece of tiramisu on the house for us. Very nice, and with good coffee flavor!
47-30 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101