Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

A few years ago, an unexpected pizza combination caught the eye of the New York food world. It was the first time I had ever had brussels sprouts on a pizza and it was absolutely amazing. I still talk about that pizza from Motorino.

Now there is another brussels sprout pizza in town and it’s much different than the Motorino pie but just as good. It’s from an exciting new hotel restaurant called Covina from the team behind the very expensive sushi den O Ya. The full menu is a bit more extensive but between lunch and dinner they offer salads and pizzas only. Including the aforementioned brussels sprout pizza.

The pie is quite large – certainly big enough for two people. Somehow I managed to take the entire thing down by myself.

Richness is the name of the game here. In addition to a creamy mascarpone and fontina béchamel sauce as the base, it’s covered with grated cheese and a runny egg in the center. That bold extravagance is balanced by slightly charred sprouts and the sweet addition of pears.

Baked in a wood-oven, the dough is superb with blistered cornicone and a salty chew with each bite. With a platform this masterful, you could put anything on top and it would probably be good. But the balanced, luscious ingredients are top notch. It seems Motorino is no longer the only show in town. Price: $22

COVINA
127 East 27th Street (between Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue),
Inside the Park South Hotel,
Flatiron District
(212) 204-0225
covinanyc.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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