I don't know who was more tired or crankier at that point in the day - the nibble or Saucy. Either way, I have to preface this review by saying that Keste didn't receive the usual amount of attention that we would give to a pizza spot we were planning to review.
We ordered three pies: Margherita, Keste and Salsiccia. The best of the three was the Keste, which obviously makes sense as the restaurant's namesake. Fresh mozzarella, gran cru, arugula and prosciutto topped an olive oil base. The combination was delicious, but overall, I just can't rate the pie as excellent. The crust was a bit too big for my liking, as was the amount of naked edge. And it just paled in comparison to Rubirosa.
The sausage and margherita pizzas were good, but the sauce didn't carry the rest of the pie. Service was okay, but our waitress seemed quite confused about our order of three pies and we needed to repeat it a few times. Perhaps she had just taken a break with the host, who was quite obviously holding a joint while making friendly baby talk with the nibble.
All in all, a decent meal at a decent price. But in a city with so many better pizza options, I'm not sure I'd return.
Keste Pizza & Vino
271 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014
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