Setting up shop in Kips Bay, Rocky Slims is a new eatery from Angelo Romano (who cut his avant-garde chops at Roberta's and then The Pines) that offers "seasonal Italian-American classics" with "a modern twist" served in "an edgy-yet-casual atmosphere" blah blah blah blah, GO HERE FOR PIZZA.
Rocky Slims' constantly flaming wood-fired oven (which has the words "MANGIA FUOCO" scrawled on it, meaning "EAT FIRE" in Italian) spits out medium-sized pies in out-of-the-ordinary square shapes, including an intensely flavored sausage joint with fiery, extra-addicting, pickled peppers.
Beyond those square pies, there's also other Italian-ness like zucca (little pumpkin-shaped pasta pockets, filled with pork ragu)...
... and crispy-skinned duck, which has an exterior slightly reminiscent of Peking duck, with a grape must reduction that boosts the juicy/tender/mmmmmm-qualities of the meat.
Don't have time to sit down and eat? Hit Rocky Slims’ slice shop next door. Do have time to sit down and eat? Hit Rocky Slims' slice shop next door AFTER you sit down and eat.
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Shell Tu is a freelance writer for Thrillist and hopes she can have uni and sake everyday until the end of the world. Follower her on Instagram @shellicious.