Outside Rubirosa, hottest little spot in town, at 235 Mulberry Street
Don’t let the basic sign, “pizza bar”, fool you into thinking that new pizzeria-restaurant Rubrosa does not register as a “hot joint.” On any given night this new tasty eatery will boast a fair share of fashion designers, artists, music pr reps, and cool hipsters, all who were initially curious to see what co-owner Angelo Bianchi — former doorman at the Beatrice and Sway — had gotten himself into.
Only three weeks old, Bianchi and some of his native Staten Island pals — specifically chefs Al DiMeglio and A.J. Papalardo– are serving up delicious old school pastas (lasagna for two!); meatballs; seafood salad; braised octopus salad; artichokes stuffed with breadcrumbs and pecorino cheese; and thin crust pizzas with creamy sexy mozzarella and a crunchy bite. (Price range: $16-$25) The food hits the spot on cold nights and feels like the whole place consists of one big intimate party of people within the six degrees of separation range. One friend remarked, “This is just like Max’s Kansas City,” referring to the famed restaurant where Andy Warhol and all the “it people” of the moment ate several times a week. I replied, “It’s better and younger!”
The joint, named after famed 1950′s Latin playboy Porfirio Rubirosa, might showcase a lot of good looking people, but they seem to leave their attitudes at the door. Most are wearing fabulous jeans (Hudson friendly zone) with great accessories. After all, how pretentious can you look when sinking your teeth into some fat gravy laden meatballs?
Rubirosa, 235 Mulberry Street, between Prince and Spring.