San Matteo Pizza and Espresso Bar

In a city known for pizza, San Matteo packs a punch with its pies.

Walking into this small Yorkville restaurant, I almost forgot I was in New York City. The space is cramped and chaotic. This no-nonsense Neapolitan restaurant offers a tremendous assortment of pizzas, pastas, calzones, and their trademark panuozzi. I opted for the Margherita pizza to compare their take on this classic to those offered by the competition. It is important to note that San Matteo imports most ingredients from Salerno, Italy. I found that despite the common misconception that one needs to travel to "trendy neighborhoods" for top-of-the-line pizza, the Upper East Side shouldn't be overlooked. 

Anyone who is frequent visitor to The City Expert knows that I am constantly searching for the perfect pie. It was a wonderful surprise to find that the perfect pie may be in my very own neighborhood. 

San Matteo's Margherita pizza is not an average sauce and cheese combo. The chewy and bubbly crust has a texture similar to Indian naan. It's doughy and delicious, yet remarkably thin. I would eat the crust alone, but it is the sauce and fresh mozzarella that really made me say "that's Amore!"

Luka Dubnick