Marta: Pizza and More

UPDATE: I’ve moved to San Francisco! There will be posts about NY restaurants that I want to note from last year, and will soon be more posts about some of my travels in Australia, SE Asia and SF! 

New Yorkers are always trying to find delicious pizza and luckily enough, it is easy to find. Of course there are notables – Motorino, Roberta’s, Joe’s – and new to the scene is Marta, opened by Maialino’s chef Nick Anderer. My friend and I were excited to scope this place out, knowing that there was two wooden ovens specially made to blast out delicious pizza.

As seen above, there were dishes offered beyond just pizza. Polpettine di Coniglio, rabbit meatballs served with black olives and ricotta cheese, were pretty good though not as juicy as I was hoping for.

The Cicoria salad – mixed chicory, arugula, citrus, parmigiano, hazelnuts – wasn’t anything special in particular. We ordered it just to feel healthier about our meal; this didn’t really do the trick but at least we made an attempt!

Overall their pizza dough was really good; the slices were thin and crust slightly crunchy and lightly chewy. Their pizzas were split into two categories: white and red pizzas. From the white section, we ordered the Funghi pizza served with fontina, hen of the woods, chanterelles, red onion, and thyme. If you like mushrooms, this is the one to get.

Is that egg on a pizza? Oh yes, we also ordered the Patate Alla Carbonara which had potatoes, guanciale, black pepper, pecorino, and a soft poached egg. It was good and hearty, plus the dough withstood the density of the yolk and meats. I wouldn’t mind eating this one again.

Last, but not least, dessert! We picked the Ice Cream Panino, something that was notably popular: salted chocolate cookie, pistachio, and smoked mascarpone gelato. At first taste, I was a bit unsure if I enjoyed it, but the flavors grow on you. They were subtle but interesting and tasty. Note that it might not be the easiest dessert to share.

Marta has good pizza and would like to try out more the next time I’m in New York.

29 E. 29th St.
New York, NY 10016
(212) 651-3800

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