me: want to hear a joke about pizza?
me: nvmd its too cheesy
Esther: haha i loveeee cheesy jokes
Esther: tell mee!
A couple of weeks ago, I made my quarterly visit to see Sabs. She bunked off early from work and we figured we could squeeze in lunch. The only issue was we couldn’t make up our damn minds on where to go. In the end, we settled for Co., this pizza place that supposedly everyone was raving about. By the time we got there, it was nearly 3pm and the afternoon rush had dissipated. Still, the place was quite busy for 3pm.
Just a brief background on Co. (pronounced as Company). Co. opened in 1999 under Jim Lahey who previously founded Sullivan Street Bakery. Co. has been in the press numerous times as one of New York City’s top pizza spots. We wanted to see what all the hype was about.
We ordered a pie each for ourselves, which in retrospect, was too glutinous. In fact, we couldn’t even eat dinner. That being said, the pizzas are personal size (I reckon 11 inches?) and any hungry guy can easily wallop up a whole pie. Don’t get me wrong. We finished everything but were literally bursting through the seams after.
Popeye: A swing and a…. MISS: Incredibly green. I mean, talk about presentation or lack thereof. Was someone afraid that I was deficient in iron? Cause that spinach was piled on in heaps. Anyhow, the first bite was terribly salty- salty to a fault. But the rest of the pizza was pretty decent. It reminded me of a flat savory focaccia. My main complaint was that the spinach leaves were too big and often I found myself staring at a lonely pizza crust because I had eaten all the spinach! Not quite sure why this particular pie is so popular. I’d give it a 6/10. But, if you’re looking for something “light,” this is probably the pie for you.
Shiitake: A swing and a… HIT!!: Holy mother. The flavors from this were out of the ballpark. This is by far one of the most unique pizzas I’ve ever had. The sweetness from the caramelized onions married so well with the walnut puree. I’d definitely recommend trying this one.
Overall, I’d say that the Popeye was way overpriced and the Shiitake was worth the $18. But if you’ve the munchies and you’re looking for something greasy and cheesy, this most definitely is not the place for such cravings. In fact, there was no tomato sauce or mozz cheese on any of these pies. I’m also not really a thin crust pizza type of gal, but I have to admit that the crust was pretty awesome. However, some parts of the crust were so dried and burnt that you could taste the char.
Banoffee Pie: coffee whipped cream, toasted hazelnuts, dulce de leche, sliced banana, graham cracker crust ($8)
Despite being incredibly full, Sabs and I couldn’t help ourselves but look at the dessert menu. The decision was partially inspired by our neighbor, who ordered something with bananas and whipping. Too bad it wasn’t the Banoffee. Imagine how sad and disappointed I looked when I was greeted by this lump of brown.
A few bites into it, I thought to myself- hey this isn’t that bad. Then another bite- oh shiz! It’s awesome! Whoever created this did a marvelous job of incorporating the dulce de leche without overdoing it. You could taste that subtle caramel-like flavor along with the richness from the coffee. I don’t think I’d order this again, but this was another unique menu item that I doubt I’d be able to find else where.
Although this was a mixed experience, I’d say it’s worth giving Co. a shot. The pizzas are cooked in a 700 degree wooden oven (that’s good right?) and alot of the pies have super unique ingredients/flavors. So if you come, you might as well go all out and order something you can’t find anywhere else. Then again, there seems to be few things on the menu that are run of the mill to begin with.
230 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10001