On a seemingly normal street, in seemingly normal Hell’s Kitchen is an Italian restaurant that is anything but normal.
Offering an extensive gluten-free menu, Nizza is a gift from the gf gods.
Once you are seated, the incredible experience begins. They have gluten-free bread to go along with their signature dipping side of a soft cheese (I don’t even know what kind) surrounded by olive oil. If that isn’t enough and you want an appetizer before your main course as well, go for the Burrata which sits in a bowl of stewed tomatoes, garlic and lemon, or their extremely fresh spin on a caesar salad.
I hate to admit that I’ve only ever had one main course there, but it was so life-changing the first time. The dish I keep gushing about is their pasta al pesto. It is a plate of fettuccine with a touch of cream, crescenza cheese & pesto. It is definitely rich, but the creamy pesto is much better than regular pestos served elsewhere and is undeniably one of the most delicious sauces I have ever tasted. It’s the type of restaurant where you know everything on the menu must be equally as drool-worthy (Ari has gotten the salmon and swears by it).
Each time I eat at Nizza I tell myself I don’t need dessert… and each time I find myself ordering the hazelnut Ice Cream Affogato (hazelnut ice cream with a shot of espresso), or a serving of their fresh gelato – Pistachio is my favorite.
If Nizza is full, don’t immediately rule out sitting at the bar! The drinks are delicious and the bartenders are so energetic it becomes a whole new experience.