I had to make a last minute in-and-out of NYC, but it did provide an opportunity to check out Keste and Motorino. I went to Keste for dinner last night (first two pics). My phone ran out of batteries, so I only got a couple shots. I did a little better at Motorino today at lunch. I only included the last picture below because seeing me in a suit is rather unusual (and some folks might want to see the oven…
Very different pies at these places. Both crusts were good, flavorful and relatively tender. The Keste pie baked in about 70 seconds or so. The Motorino pies were 2:45 and 3:00 respectively. As you would expect, the Motorino Margherita, crust and sauce, was a little (lot) dryer than the Keste – though the cheese was a little wetter. The Keste dough appeared to be more fermented (but not to the extent I’ve seen in some pics), but I’d say the Motorino crust had a little more flavor. They are a different style, and I would not necessarily say one is better than the other, but they are enough different that I’d bet most folks who have had both have a definite favorite one way or the other.
Keste’s sauce was a little bitter for my taste. I’d have added a little sugar. Motorino’s was a little sweeter. I also preferred Motorino’s cheese (both were buffalo). The Brussels sprouts pie was very wet. Surprisingly wet. Toppings-sliding-off-the-end-of-the-pizza wet. Between the cheese and sprouts, there was a lot of water on top of the pie. Nevertheless, it was an excellent pie – one of my all-time favorites. I would never have guessed it, but pancetta is better than applewood smoked bacon (what I have been using) on this pie – a lot better - wow, did I really just write that? Better than applewood smoked bacon - words I never thought I write or say. They also use a lot more sprouts than I have, and it is better that way.
I only tried the Margherita at Keste as I was not all that hungry. I’m headed back to NY in a couple weeks and will try some of their other pies then. There are a lot of them on the menu that sound very very good.
The Motorino Margherita was better than the last UPN Margherita I ate there before Anthony moved to SF. They had a lunch special where a pie and a salad was $12. Of course, I ordered two specials. Both my Motorino pies today cost me about the same as one pie from UPN. I told them to keep the salads. I figured the Brussels sprouts counted.
The staff was great at both. Very friendly and a lot of fun to talk to. I didn’t go to either at peak time.
From the Jet Blue lounge at JFK,