You’re at dinner, seated across from someone you like sharing dinners with—the two of you savoring a couple of Saffron Vespers.
Nice shirt, by the way.
Your date rattles off a few things they’d like: oven-fried garlic knots smothered in everything bagel seasoning. Avocado bruschetta. Another round, this time of Macchina martinis, with herbs and olive oil. You nod in agreement, pleased with their choices. They ask if there’s anything special you’d like to add to the order.
You pause, knowingly. Look the waiter dead in the eye. And whisper two of the most beautiful words in the English language: “Burrata pizza.”
Never mind that it’s not on the menu. It’s there, it exists, and you’re about to impress the heck out of whoever you’re with by making it appear before you.
That’s just how it’ll go at Macchina, a trendy new Italian spot from the team behind Williamsburg’s The Bedford and Roebling Sporting Club. It’s opening tomorrow in North Gramercy Park.
The space was a garage before it became an osteria, and if you didn’t know that you may have guessed by the brushed-steel finishes, exposed white-washed brick and sort of intimate, cavernous feel. Other than the off-menu burrata pizza with black Hawaiian lava salt and basil oil, you’ll want to try one of their fondue strombolis, full of melted cheese and served alongside a bubbling pot of more melted cheese, for good measure. The Italian Sandwich one’s got prosciutto, mortadela, sopressata, provalone and cherry peppers inside—or you can go with a healthier take, one full of cheddar and smoked portabello. (Lol, it’s not healthy.)
Now, fair warning: this slideshow will make you real hungry.