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Pete the Punisher Blasts a Goose Egg at Bruno Pizza in the East Village

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The Times critic is not a fan of the new pizzeria from Justin Slojkowski and Dave Gulino.

[The dining room at Bruno]
[The dining room at Bruno]
Daniel Krieger

Some of the pies are great at Bruno Pizza, but too many dishes look better than they taste, Pete Wells argues. The service is spotty, and the chairs are just so darn uncomfortable. It's no Superiority Burger. As a matter of fact, it's a zero star restaurant. Wells writes:

What the critics who lavish praise on tasting menus, including me, never tell you is that it is one of the easiest ways to run a kitchen. Serving a full restaurant where everybody orders different things at different times is much, much trickier. It takes speed and organizational skills that seemed to elude the chefs at Bruno on this night.

No doubt this will come with practice. The chefs may eventually prepare plates that taste as interesting as they look. They might start by eating their own cooking blindfolded. The rest of us, the critics and bloggers and Yelpers, might try the reverse. Maybe it's time to take off our blindfolds.

Still, if you happen to go there, consider ordering the margherita or peach pies. And for another take on the restaurant, check out Ryan Sutton's two-star review from last week.

Bruno Pizza

204 East 13th Street, New York, NY

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