Critic calls Una Pizza Napoletana “peak pizza”
New Yorker critic Hannah Goldfield enjoyed the pizza and apps at hot new Lower East Side pizzeria Una Pizza Napoletana, but like so many other diners, it’s the desserts from chef Fabian von Hauske Valtierra that really blew her away. In her review this week, she says they “set a new standard,” and calls out a “buttery” panna cotta and “thrillingly salty yet exquisitely balanced” vanilla gelato.
Court Street Grocers gets into Williamsburg, and two closings
In a sandwich swap, Court Street Grocers has taken over the old Saltie space in Williamsburg and is now serving its brand of sandwiches at 378 Metropolitan Ave. It’s the fourth location for muffelettas, breakfast tacos, cubanos, and more. Over in Greenpoint, Budin coffee shop has been closed by the city for reportedly not paying rent. And NYY Steakhouse on 51st Street will shutter on August 26, though owners did not say why.
Gina La Fornarina paid $363,284 in back wages to 109 employees
Uptown mini Italian chain Gina La Fornarina and its owner Paola Pedrignani has paid 109 employees $363,284 in back wages and liquidated damages following a Department of Labor investigation. The DOL found that Pedrignani didn’t correctly aggregate overtime at any of her four restaurants uptown (two locations each of Manna and Gina La Fornarina).
Acclaimed Midtown fine dining restaurant Indian Accent starts brunch
There’s a new brunch in Midtown, courtesy the upscale Indian Accent. There are both a la carte and prix fixe options on the menu — in full below — which includes dishes such as an herb shrimp omelet curry with pao (an Indian bread) and bacon and spicy sweet potato with kohlrabi and crispy okra.
Tribute dinner honors chef Patrick Clark
Lure Fish Bar chef Preston Clark is cooking a tribute dinner for his chef father Patrick Clark, with a portion of proceeds benefiting hospitality students at the New York City College of Technology. Patrick Clark led the kitchens at various times at the Odeon and Tavern on the Green, and the meal will feature his recipes — preserved in a Charlie Trotter-coordinated cookbook — alongside his son’s. Tickets are $95 for the five-course meal on Tuesday, June 19 at Concord Hill in Williamsburg; email email@example.com to reserve.
The Four Seasons redo is out an executive chef
Despite a notice just one week ago that chef Pecko Zantilaveevan would still serve as executive chef at the Four Seasons redo, owners have now announced that he’s out. Diego Garcia, formerly of Gloria and supposed to be chef de cuisine, will instead be in charge along with pastry chef Bill Yosses. They did not give a reason for the sudden change.