After spending less than a week in my new apartment on the UWS, I finally managed to try out Pizza By LaGrolla. Previously, I had passed by the unassuming, diminutive pizzeria and was always curious about its offerings. If anything, for a small, hole in the wall, the establishment’s boldly orange colored quadrilateral for a logo, made for a solid graphic effort that captured my attention.
At a snapshot, the space had an intimate, warm vibe with patrons buzzing around pizza, exchanging flavor critiques with a plump, mustached man who stood behind his gallery of creations. We opted for the artisinal, the Zuca Blue: a hearty crust with a golden butternut squash mash, slathered amongst sauteed onions and Gorgonzola. The result was an unexpected, edible embodiment of fall. Other highlights were the Affucmicata. A smoldering canvas of eggplant, smoked mozzarella, Parmegiano and tomato sauce. The smoked mozzarella and eggplant resulted in the most meaty of flavors, reminiscent of salumi.
What struck most at LaGrolla was their ability to craft delicious pizza that wasn’t thin crust. If I’m not mistaken, this isn’t your place for classic New York pizza. However, if artisinal and unconventional is your bet then definitely give this place a try. LaGrolla also offers panini, pasta and espresso.
Pizza By LaGrolla
413 Amsterdam Ave (between 79th St & 80th St)
NY, NY 10024