You probably remember the scene from Eat Pray Love where Julia Roberts takes her first bite of a true Italian pizza and falls in love with it. You also probably wanted to jump into the screen and take a bite out of the cheesy goodness by yourself. Well, now you can. The historic pizzeria from Naples, L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele, which was featured in the movie, is coming to New York City.
L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele
L’Antica has been in the U.S. for a few years now. The first outlet opened in Hollywood in 2019. Each restaurant in the United States was beautifully designed by the Naples-native proprietor, Francesco Zimone, utilizing Baltic stone and recycled wood. Even though the pizzeria has served only two types of pizzas since its inception in 1980 — marinara and margherita — their menu for the NYC outlet will have a lot more to offer. Other than pizzas, there are salads, pastas, and some delicious cheesy fritto misto and fried zucchini flowers on the menu. The pizzeria is also a favorite amongst celebs. According to a server at Da Michele, actor Stanley Tucci simply adores their handmade spaghetti pasta with zucchini, Parmigiano, Pecorino, and basil.
Favorite Menu Items
The head pizzaiolo at Da Michele, Michele Rubini, loves their margherita pizza. The perfect match between tomato and cheese makes it his favorite. Even though the change in geographical location may have altered their menus, there are a few things that still remain the same, be it the traditional recipe of margherita pizza from Naples or importing the ingredients and the oven from Italy. He boasted that the margherita in their NYC location is just as delicious and mouth-watering as the one in Naples. According to him, a margherita is supposed to be juicy; there should be a balance between the tomato and cheese; it should be chewy with puffy perimeters.
While Somerville is experiencing a renaissance, the Cambria Hotel Boston Somerville has opened its doors with plenty to offer. Located on the Somerville-Cambridge line, the hotel adds to the latest transformation of Union Square in Somerville.
The New Hotel
The Cambria Hotel Boston Somerville celebrates the funk, art, and culture of the city at its core. Situated half a mile from Union Square and Harvard University, the six-storied hotel features a total of 163 guest rooms for visitors and locals alike. The Noannet Group of Boston has partnered with upscale brand Cambria Hotels, to bring the project to life, while the local Saunders Hotel Group is going to manage all operations. The architecture of the entire project is overseen by CambridgeSeven, while hospitality interior designer Bill Rooney Studio has helmed the interiors.
The Aesthetic and Interiors
Led by CambridgeSeven, the crenulated façade of the hotel is composed of wood-textured cement panels. The core aesthetic of the building perfectly relates to the residential neighbors of the area, with a nod to classic yet contemporary style in an urban design. Making its design debut in Somerville, Bill Rooney Studio has decorated the hotel lobby with detailed ceilings, walnut wood-paneled walls, and a magnificent double-sided fireplace. A contemporary bookshelf is stylistically wrapped around the seating area.
The Compound Features
Cambria Hotel Boston Somerville is well-equipped for weddings and private events with a first-floor multifunctional space, sized 1,175 square feet. The compound also features a 2,000-square-foot fitness room equipped with top-notch wellness needs, and a game room containing foosball, shuffleboard, and a range of retro games. Infused with local style, the hotel is going to host a small market highlighting locally made snacks and artisan beverages. A 4,000-square-foot restaurant in the lobby will include one of the largest outdoor dining terraces in the area and will be helmed by one of the well-known chefs from Greater Boston.