NY Pizza Spot serves Italian specialties

Maria Sonnenberg, For FLORIDA TODAY 12 p.m. EDT September 27, 2016
http://www.floridatoday.com/story/entertainment/dining/have-you-tried/2016/09/27/ny-pizza-spot-serves-italian-specialties/91163502/

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Chef Emanuele Ferraluolo, born near Napoli, earned his culinary chops in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Europe before landing his current position as chef of NY Pizza Spot and Italian Kitchen in West Melbourne.

Among the well-versed chef’s many specialties is the pappardelle al’ amalfitana ($12.95), a special that features homemade egg pasta decorated with shrimp and grape tomatoes and with a garnish of arugula salad.

Commence the meal with Neapolitan-style potato croquettes ($4.95) or rice balls ($5.95). You get two of the croquettes, filled with mashed potatoes, ham and mozzarella. The four-ounce balls, again Neapolitan in heritage, are homemade with meat sauce and green peas. A bowl of pasta fagioli soup, served with a side of garlic knots, is also a good option.

The restaurant offers all the usuals, such as eggplant parm ($12.95), baked eggplant topped with the restaurant’s own Napoli sauce. Also $12.95 is the homemade gnocchi with pesto sauce and cherry tomatoes. Within the extensive menu is also chicken marsala ($13.95), pan-seared chicken breast cooked in authentic Marsala wine with baby Portobello mushrooms.

“Guests have the option to opt for veal for the same price,” said Ferraluolo.

On the pasta side, patrons can choose New York style or deep dish. On Fridays, check out a slice of Grandma’s pizza ($3), a square thin crust with homemade marinara and fresh mozzarella. The Fresca pizza, $21 for the large pie, is one the Spot’s gourmet specials and features arugula, cherry tomatoes and fresh Buffalo mozzarella.

“Da Brooklyn” special includes pepperoni, sausage, ham, ground beef, meatball, bacon, green peppers, onions, black olives, mushrooms and extra cheese ($25 for a 24-inch pie).

There is a bounty of sandwiches, too, including cold heros ($6.95 to $8.95) and the Philly cheesesteak with garlic sauce ($7.95). Sandwiches are available throughout the day.

All desserts, including homemade tiramisu and cannoli are $5.95.

“Our New York cheesecake is the real deal,” said owner Bobby Gjonbalaj.

In addition to the regular menu, NY Pizza Spot also offers entrée and pizza specials.

“We feature dishes such as chicken cacciatore, lobster ravioli, pork shank and yellowfin tuna in a price range of $13.95 to $14.95,” added Gjonbalaj.

For entrees, instead of pasta guests can take their choice of French fries, roasted potatoes and rosemary sauteed broccoli with garlic and oil or a side salad

Pasta lovers, take note that on Pasta Mangia Mondays, guests dining in receive $3 off any pasta dish. During “24-inch Pizza Pie Tuesdays,” $3 is knocked off the cost of these pies.

Have you tried

What: Pappardelle al’ amalfitana

How much: $12.95

Where: NY Pizza Spot and Italian Kitchen, 2231 W. New Haven Ave., in the Publix Shopping Plaza, West Melbourne

Info: 321-802-9558 or nypizzaspot.com