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05 October 2006 @ 04:13 am
Place: Arturo's Coal Oven Pizza
Location: 106 W Houston St at Thompson St, Manhattan (SoHO)
Food Type: coal oven Pizza, general Italian
Worth the trip?: Oh yes
Kurt Proof?: Depends on how much pizza we get, but he tends to leave happy.

Notes: I believe this was introduced to us as a stop on our "Pizza Tour" of manhattan. This wasn't a real tour, but there are so many types of pizza that one really needs to focus on trying them all. Arturo's is one of my favorites and while it's not cheap, it's not freakishly expensive either (the large pies run about $14-$16 depending on the topping).

The wait staff there is very friendly and they seem to remember us when we come in (a large group of loud, large gay men who eat a lot...go figure) but sometimes they'll forget about coming by to refil water when it gets busy, and it does get busy....and crowded. But I think it's worth it. One of the very few places that I will go to even if there are waits. I hate crowds, but the food is worth it.

I think we've worked out a system that we tend to order one pizza more than the number of people we have with us. However we tend to have Kurt with us and he can put a pretty dent in a pizza, so I don't know how it would be normally.

Extra bonus: The vast majority of the art adorning the walls was done by Arturo himself. It's delightfully dreadful.