The Day | Nicoletta Nixed by The Times

The Big Cats of the DSNYScott Lynch

The Times‘ Pete Wells paid a few visits to chef Michael White’s new pizza spot, Nicoletta, and came away unimpressed, to say the least. The critic gave the restaurant zero stars. “Warmed up a day or two later, a Nicoletta crust is just as stiff and bland as when it was fresh from the oven,” he writes. As for the toppings: “The pies are overburdened conglomerations of cheese, flour and fistfuls of other stuff; in the end, the elements cancel one another out.” Jay Cheshes of a Timeout filed a similarly negative review, though he at least doled out a couple of stars.

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