2/21/2013 12:27:00 PM

Pizza Time as Coccola Fires Up Its Ovens on the UWS

One new pizza place on the Upper West Side wants to cuddle. Coccola, a pie shop from owner Sebastiano Cappitta, takes its name from the Italian word for "hug" or "cuddle." Capitta is no stranger to appeasing NYC's pizza-obsessed diners - he runs other neighborhood joints like Buca and Bettolona. Here the pies will be prepared by Antonio Vallo, a Naples native who is only 28 years old. He'll prepare his fare in a wood-fired oven, but don't let his age fool you - the chef learned how to make pies from his father when he was 12 years old.

The thin crust pizzas will be served along with other fare like meatballs and paninis. Guests can enjoy the grub with wine and beer at a wooden bar or one of the 56 seats in the no-frills dining room. It's pretty far up there, on 139th Street, but we think Columbia and City College students will be eager to chow down (1600 Amsterdam Ave.; 212-926-0580).

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