More Than Just Pizza

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This is no ordinary pizza joint. Step inside the corner restaurant that pushes its coal-oven pizza and you will soon realize that you are in for an experience that is more trattoria than pizzeria.

Sac’s Place features waiters with white shirts and ties, white linens at the table and a good corner view of 29th Street and Broadway, right in the heart of a bustling restaurant district.

We sat down and were given plenty of time to scan the extensive menu that offers everything from fresh prepared salads and hot appetizers to delightful pasta and meat dishes. Oh yes, and there’s pizza, too.

After we placed our order and were served our drinks (they have an extensive wine list), a server brought us a basket of mixed breads, including a square roll, a few pieces of focaccia and We started by sharing an order of the Fried Calamari ($9.95), which was piled high on the plate and came with a fresh, chunky tomato sauce for dipping. The breading was light and spicy, and the inside was neither chewy nor tough – it was just right.

Some other tempting dishes included the Portobello Mushrooms in white wine and garlic; Roasted Peppers served char-grilled, peeled and sliced, with virgin olive oil and Fontina cheese; a Caesar Salad and more, all ranging from $5.50 to $11.95.

For the main dishes, we decided on traditional, and the not so traditional. While one of us enjoyed a small (12-inch) coal-oven pizza with pepperoni and onion, the other dug into a pasta special for the night – a wide, flat noodle with diced bacon, tomato and onion in a creamy tomato sauce.

The portion of the pasta was as big as it was delicious.
The blend of the fresh ingredients with the homemade sauce was a delight, and the noodles were cooked al dente.

For the pizza, it is now clear how Sac’s has developed its reputation. It was crisp, light and flavorful with just the right balance of cheese to toppings and sauce.

Sac’s co-owner Anthony Sacramone dropped by our table before we left to let us know that the recipes he and his brother, Domenico, use were handed down by his Italian mother.

In addition to the fine service provided inside the restaurant, Sac’s offers an expanded take-out menu, which is also a bargain – with prices on individual items set a dollar or two lower than if you sat down to eat.

-Brian M. Rafferty

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Rory Simms