Tonight Rossopomodoro, the Neapolitan pizza chain responsible for the pizza restaurant inside Eataly, opens its first standalone outpost in the former Cole's Greenwich Village space. The space is a clean, simple version of your average upscale pizzeria, outfitted with marble tabletops and pendant lights. But it does have quite a lot of those tables, in multiple dining rooms, plus a well-equipped bar and a gilded pizza oven the likes of which has not been seen since Donatella closed. There's also a little wall of pantry goods for sale.
The menu offers a classic pizza lineup, with topping that range from sausage and mushroom, to brussels sprout and guanciale, or gorgonzola and winter squash. This is also not exclusively a pizza restaurant. There are just as many pastas as pizzas on the menu, including ricotta ravioli, linguine with sea urchin, and tagliatelle with bolognese. From that bar up front comes a solid cocktail menu, with house cocktails heavy on Italian liquors like Campari, limoncello, Aperol, and Amaro CioCiaro. Take a good look around the space, then peruse the menus below, and let it be known that Lidia Bastianich is very excited about this opening (nevermind that she might be a bit biased).