4/10/2012 01:59:00 PM

Granduca di Sicilia Brings Sicilian Cuisine to Flatiron

New pizza restaurants are everywhere! You've got Don Antonio's in Hell's Kitchen, some fried crust down at La Montanara  from the guys behind Forcella and now some Sicilian pies from Granduca di Sicilia, which is opening Thursday on West 24th Street. The eatery offers more than just pizza if you're in the mood for some risotto or seafood (Sicily is an island after all). Dishes like seared tuna over Sicilian ratatouille are served alongside the pies, which are cooked in a wood-burning oven and topped with things like smoked Italian bacon and fontina cheese.

The room pays homage to "Sicilian folklore" with decorations like a wooden horse-drawn cart that is usually used to carry vino or foodstuffs. The list of wine will only feature labels from the island, all of which can be enjoyed at a seat overlooking the open kitchen, where you can watch the chefs at work. Maybe it's time that New York change its name from The Big Apple to The Big Pepperoni (30 West 24th St).


  1. Open kitchens are great, but they can make it difficult to pay attention to anything else (like your date...).