Pizza Speakeasy. Now Freak Out.

A new secret pizzeria on the Bowery

By The Editors
January 21, 2015 9:00 am

Speakeasies. New York wrote the book on ‘em. Now we’re lousy with ‘em.

Don’t get us wrong — an element of secrecy can make for a great date night. But there’s only room in this town for but so many garter-sleeved shaker jockeys.

Here’s the alternative to that: SRO, the new “speakeasy pizzeria” tucked inside a romantic Bowery boîte and now accepting reservations.

Named for the single-room-occupancy apartments of the Bowery’s gritty heyday, SRO’s the brainchild of Neapolitan pie guru Giulio Adriani: a guy whose pizzaiolo accolades require their own trophy case.

Works like this: enter your email on SRO’s website and you’ll receive a password. Ring the provided number and give them said password in exchange for a reservation.

Then grab your date and pop down to Bowery tapas den Espoleta. Inside you’ll be directed to an unassuming door that leads to a charmingly Lilliputian dining room decked in white subway tile and vintage Bowery photography.

The three-course tasting menu features your choice of pie straight from the wood-burning oven (a rotating menu known to showcase such combos as chorizo and shishito peppers) and wine pairings from SRO’s Master Sommelier.

Great date, no matter how you slice it.


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