Table Talk: Pasita

47 8th Ave
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-3900

I cannot believe this cute Venezuelan bistro has been around for three years and I’ve been missing out! I’ve noticed Pasita before, but given the location between Greenwich Village and the Meat Packing District, I was always passing it while searching out the newest hot spot restaurant, which inevitably cost me an arm and a leg.

My bff’s and I needed to catch up, so we were looking for a casual but intimate (and most importantly, inexpensive) restaurant, so I figured it was the perfect time to check out this unassuming joint. Pasita was originally intended to be just a wine bar, until Joel, the owner, decided to take advantage of the brick oven that came with the place. Serving just pizza, wine and some Venezuelan apps, Pasita is surprisingly romantic and quaint with exposed brick and a beautiful old picture of Joel’s grandparents.

We were off to a good start: a corner table with soft candlelight, the warm air from the brick oven breezing by us, music in the background, and a gracious staff. We began with a nice bottle of Spanish wine, Alma Malbec ($32) and the Cremosa salad (iceberg lettuce, avocado, tomato, red onion, with a creamy pepper dressing, $8). The salad was a perfect start—it was crisp and refreshing with a nice kick from the pepper dressing.

Then we ordered three pies, the Ropa Vieja pizza with spiced beef, caramelized onions, manchego cheese, and red peppers ($15) was full of flavor. The meat was seasoned wonderfully and the caramelized onions gave it a hint of sweetness. The Champiñón pizza with mushroom, artichoke hearts, onion, mozzarella, ricotta, and E.V.O.O. ($13) is the way to go if you love 'shrooms or are vegetarian. The La Joya had prosciutto, mozzarella, arugula, and E.V.O.O. ($15) is perfect if you're craving meat, but still want something light. The arugula really helps to brighten up this pie.

You'll notice that Pasita is one of those places where people become regulars and everyone is a friend. The staff has been there since it first opened and they treat it like their home. They invited us to stay for a wine tasting with the sommelier, Ivan Escalante, and next thing you knew we had been there for four hours and had made new friends. It’s just that kind of place.