But there’s also something else in the air this week.
Because sure enough, another gift straight from the motherland is coming in the form of Varuni Napoli, a massive new pizzeria with an Antico vet in the kitchen and prosecco on tap in the dining room, opening next Wednesday in Midtown.
It’s sort of a deceivingly big place. Once you pass the pickup window on the street and enter a giant room with a bar and an open kitchen, you might assume that’s the extent of it. But keep going. There’s still a four-top chef’s table. A back patio. Communal tables in a hallway lined with tomato and olive oil cans...
Your goal is to land one of the 24 seats at the pizza bar. Ask for a Bastardo (pepperoni, spicy pork sausage, buffalo mozzarella). They’ll throw it in an imported brick oven while you procure some prosecco on tap or a draft Moretti. Seems like a nice use of your time.
And they’ll be open for lunch on the weekends. So if it’s nice out, maybe bypass everything for that shady little tree-lined patio tucked away in the back.
They can’t make you leave.