Is it just me, or is everyone sick post-holidays and New Year’s? We came back to a full office on January 2nd, that was also full of sniffles and coughs. I myself was one of the sniffling culprits. Clearly I turned to food to cure my cold. All day I was craving a delicious soup – Italian Wedding to be exact. There’s something about the spinach, meatballs and chicken broth that brings comfort and curative properties.
When I finally got home at the end of the day, I turned to Seamless to order the soup. Obviously. The one restaurant in my neighborhood that promised to deliver this cup of joy was Nicoletta – the new-ish pizza spot by Michael White. While I had heard some mixed reviews of the pizza there, I had never tried it. And I really wanted the soup. Along with the Italian Wedding Soup, I ordered a starter of brussels sprouts (because yes, they are still a big thing in 2013). And of course I had to order a pizza… right? So I opted for the Funghi Pizza.
Despite the 60-75 minute estimated delivery time, the food arrived in 45 minutes! Amazing! The delivery guy was extra nice as well, which I truly appreciated. All the items were packed really nicely. The soup and brussels sprouts in separate brown baggies. And the soup double covered in tin foil – so smart.
I was immediately disappointed with the size of the soup. It was in a pint sized container, but did not come close to filling it up. I did expect a bit more for an $8 soup. I was also disappointed, because the soup was so good! It was salty and hot. The chicken broth was exactly what I needed to make me feel better. The noodles were chewy and not too overcooked. The mini-meatballs were great too! There were also some extra pieces of sliced garlic floating around in there — such a treat! I just wish there were more…
Next I made myself a plate of the brussels sprouts and a slice of pizza. The brussels were super nice. They were salty and not too oily. The pancetta bits it was cooked with just delightful. I would really recommend these and order them again and again. And again.
Next came the pizza, and I have to say I did enjoy it. The funghi pie is topped with porcini marsalo, sauteed spinach, mozzarella cheese, roasted wild mushrooms, and garlic. The toppings all worked really nicely together and it was cheesey and awesome. I didn’t miss a tomato sauce at all and loved the extra garlicky flavor. The crust almost reminded me of the crust from my home-town Greek pizzeria. With the wave of nostalgia I loved it. Perhaps the best part of the meal was that because I ordered enough food for 3 people, I had leftovers for lunch the next day. Yes!
If you’re in the neighborhood, I do recommend a splurge on Nicoletta. While it’s a bit more pricey than your classic pizza joint, the options are truly great! From the small bites to the starters and the pizzas, it’s a good bet for a nice foodie night in.
Check out the full menu at Nicoletta in the East Village here.