182 Bleecker St (Sullivan & Mac Dougal St)
City: New York, NY
Phone: (646) 678-3466
Site: Visit the restaurant site
2nd Cuisine: Italian
Area: Greenwich Village
In what once housed a short-live sausage spot comes Susanna, a slightly more upscale restaurant where your waiter may garnish a thick Italian accent. The space is clean and fresh, complete with a pizza bar and large garden area perfect for couples sharing a bottle (it was BYOB at the time of this writing) or for larger groups.
Aside from a few salads, including one made with tuna, tomatoes and green olives ($9), and some antipasti, the menu is dedicated primarily to pizza. But not just in the traditional sense. Susanna is serving something that they call Pizzacci. It resembles a flat bread and is super thin and crunchy. they are filled with everything from prossciutto and buffalo mozzarella to cream cheese and poppy seeds with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Pizzas arrive in three categories: tradizionali, particolari and bianche. The tradizionali includes classics like a Margherita with basil and tomato, along with Prosciutto e Funghi made with mushrooms and Italian ham. I tried the Alpina with tomato, sausage and scamorza cheese. The flavors were great, but the crust is super thin making it a bit difficult to handle. The pies come in two sizes, 13 inch and 17 inch with prices ranging from $9 to $29. A small pie is large enough for two to share.
Susanna is also offering calzones and a few pasta dishes like spaghetti with tomato sauce or pesto, and gnocchi with gorgonzola. Desserts include a chocolate souffle and pistachio cheesecake. The restaurant still has some kinks to work out but with friendly service, a lovely outdoor space and interesting menu choices it is worth checking out.
Review By: Thomas Rafael