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“Excellent Food and Excellent Service”

San Matteo Pizza Espresso Bar
Ranked #556 of 13,678 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Excellent Food and Excellent Service”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Tiny restaurant, always packed - there's a reason.
The food, especially the pizza and calzone, is fantastic. Every single dish we ordered was superb, and it was all done very swiftly.
The service is also incredibly friendly, which I've found to be unusual in NYC!

  • Visited November 2012
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Bay Area, CA
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“The real deal in the UES”
Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile

Insalata mista, Margherita & Prosciutto pizza. Rode here at 4 pm after a beautiful daylong of riding bikes Saturday in Central Park and other nearby areas (Can you say Richard Kind sighting?) This is the same time we went to Michelangelo's in SF in July to avoid the crowds. Perfect. Definitely not overblown place-small, some might even say hole in the wall but the ambiance does not suffer for it. The pizza did not disappoint and was a very very tasty 4 slice personal size. A great finish to the day with Strachiatella gelato by night in Times Square.

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“Awesome”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

Very delicious, very authetic. Excellent espresso machiatto! So good almost ordered another pizza as we ate!

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Rochester, New York, United States
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Yummy Pizza without PEPPERONI!”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

Yes, it's true at 1739 2nd Ave they don't even say the word "pepperoni" because they excel in the old fashioned recipes of PIZZA.The name of the place is SAN MATTEO ESPRESSO BAR and RESTAURANT. The 3 of us had water and a kind of real lemon drink minus the alcohol. LEMON is GOOD, EH?
We ordered 1 standard pizza(The first one shown on the menu) and a 2nd that had thin and not to salty small ham squares. Each one had 4 pieces that WE had to cut ourselves. The 8 pieces filled us 3 up no problemo for San Matteo.
I thought of that meal for 2 and 1/2 days later. Couldn't get it off my mind!
Now, do you see or taste why I had to write a review about the meal at San Matteo?

Hope you will try the old fashioned pizza at San Matteo someday. thank you for reading this review
-Michele E

  • Visited September 2012
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New York City, New York
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42 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A restaurant that feels like you are in Italy!”
Reviewed August 25, 2012 via mobile

This may look like a run down rustic restaurant, but don't let looks deserve you. Although small it is very interment
The food is great and the prices are reasonable. Service could be better, but when you ate with friends and having a good time who cares...

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