Rigoletto Pizza: Upper West Side Success

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I’ve been meaning to stop in at Rigoletto Pizza for a few months, hoping to grab a slice while walking to work. Unfortunately, I’m always running late and it wasn’t until a frigid Monday night that I grabbed a slice. Better late than never, Rigoletto’s plain slice passed the test. The search for the best slice on the UWS continues, but I’ll be eating at Rigoletto again before then.

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Read on to see how Rigoletto stood up to NYC Food Guy’s Pizza Test…

NYC Food Guy’s three requirements for a good slice of pizza…

1) Light, airy crust strong enough to support the weight of a slice, chewy enough to be eaten alone

2) Tasty sauce which isn’t too sweet, salty, or thin and doesn’t pool when you fold a slice

3) Good Cheese to Sauce Ratio. I like a balanced slice. If I didn’t I’d eat a white slice or a marinara.

How Rigoletto fared…

1) The crust was light, airy, sturdy, and slightly chewy. The flavor is nothing special, it reminded me of an ordinary Italian bread. Grade: B+

2) The sauce was a little sweeter than I like but it had some substance and it held the cheese to the slice without squirting off the edges. Grade: C

3) The sauce to cheese ratio was pretty much perfect. The slice folded well and I wasn’t squeezing out extra sauce when I got past the slice’s halfway point. Grade: A

So there you have it, the crust and the sauce to cheese ratio carry Rigoletto’s plain slice. As I stated earlier, it’s by no means the best slice on the UWS but definitely a worthy option compared to places like T&R, City Pie, and Freddie and Peppers (all reviewed here).

One other interesting option at Rigoletto is something I had only enjoyed at Traviata pizza (reviewed here), garlic and pepper-based sauces to put on the pizza.

Rigoletto offers a mild:

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A medium:

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And a spicy:

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My only excuse for not trying all of these enticing sauces is that it was semi-late and I didn’t want to be tasting them for the rest of the night. Regardless, the delicious garlic sauce at Traviata Pizza most closely resembled the mild sauce at Rigoletto, so there’s a good starting point.

Continue the rest of my New York Pizza Tour here.

Rigoletto Pizza – Cash Only

208 Columbus Ave b/t 69th & 70th St
New York, NY 10023
(212) 721-2929
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3 Responses to “Rigoletto Pizza: Upper West Side Success”

  1. UWS Slice Tour: Caesar’s Palace Pizza, New Pizza Town, Bella Roma and Francesco « NYC Food Guy Says:

    […] Very generic. As welcoming as the pizzaiola statue out front is, pass on this place and try Rigoletto or Traviata, both within a few blocks of […]

  2. Tara Says:

    Are you kidding me!?!? Rigoletto’s?! Was this guy visiting when he was drunk?

    Last time I asked their dough was frozen!

    FRANCESCO’S on COLUMBUS IS THE BEST PIZZA ON THE UPPERWEST SIDE AND THEY TAKE MY DEBIT CARD!

  3. Phil Says:

    Hey Tara,

    Know of any good pizza places in the east village? Seems like you know what you’re talkin about!

    -Phil

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