Posted: April 9, 2014

Remarkable Hospitality + Delicious Food = A Return Visit – Fratelli Brick Oven Pizza

Italian restaurants are extremely common in NYC, and pizza places… well, they’re a dime a dozen. But what you won’t find at most other spots that you’re guaranteed to get at Fratelli’s, is the combination of both great services and hospitality, accompanied with authentic, homemade, Italian recipes.

Before you even place your order, your dining experience is kicked off with some of the most delicious, homemade sun-dried tomato dip, and hot, out-of-the-oven pizza bread. Words could try to be formulated to explain the dip, but you just need to try it for yourself.

While the name of the restaurant hones in on the specialty brick oven pizzas (20+ pizza options) that are being spun out of this place, it does no justice for the rest of the menu. Pasta choices such as the “Spaghetti Integrali al Frutti Di Mare” (whole wheat spaghetti, sautéed with lobster tail, jumbo shrimp, mussels, scallops, and clams in a light tomato sauce) or the “Brick Oven-Baked Eggplant Lasagna” (grilled eggplant and baby spinach, baked with ricotta and fresh mozzarella cheese, topped with tomato sauce) are just two options that would make your visit worth it.
On top of that, the pesto sauce, used in some pasta dishes and on some pizza offerings, is one of the best around.
The meatballs… ooofah, the meatballs. Just like grandma used to make. In fact, after speaking with the owners, we found out that the meatballs are a recipe passed down several generations. Amaze-balls!

The entrees are something to be reckoned with as well. Indulge in the “Chicken Scarpiello” (pan-seared boneless chicken with fresh garlic and white wine, served with roasted potatoes) or the Shrimp Parmigiana (no explanation needed). Anything that involves shrimp at Fratelli’s is surely to satisfy. We’re talking real JUMBO shrimp, not like when a restaurant lists “jumbo shrimp” on the menu and you wind up with something the size of a quarter. These are big. REAL BIG.

Bringing a feeling of full-circle satisfaction to your taste buds, dessert is a must. The caramelized almond cone filled with cheesecake (no, this isn’t a misprint) should be trend set throughout NYC (if it isn’t already). Other great traditional options on the menu include tiramisu, sorbet, and tartufo.

All in all, Fratelli Brick Oven Pizzeria on the Upper East Side, is #noBS.

Fratelli Brick Oven Pizzeria
1317 1st Ave
New York, NY 10021 (Upper East Side)
(212) 249-6092