Wood-Fired Pizzas, Fresh Homemade Pastas and STELLAR Reviews: Ortomare

If you’ve never been to Ortomare Ristorante Pizzeria at 994 Columbus Ave (109th Street), you’ll definitely want to head over and try out their authentic Italian dishes and desserts – all reasonably priced and served within a beautiful, rustic setting.

Ortomare’s pies offer an exceptionally crispy crust and smoky flavor. The dough is fermented for 72 hours, which creates a very light and easy to digest pizza. Most ingredients are imported directly from Italy, and Ortomare’s pizza maker, Yonas, has over 20 years of experience making pizza in Rome.

Ortomare Delivers!

All nine of Ortomare’s homemade pastas can be offered gluten-free.

Pappardelle Ortomare: Homemade pappardelle pasta with asparagus and shrimp in a light tomato sauce.

Spaghetti Carbonara ortomare

Spaghetti Carbonara.

Spaghetti alla Norma (one of their specials!)

Ortomare’s main dishes include a popular burger on a homemade pizza bun (pictured below), as well as a NY strip steak, branzino and salmon.

branzino ortomare


A selection of small plates includes these popular brick oven cooked meatballs in tomato sauce.

Ortomare meatballs

An extensive wine list is accompanied by cocktails like an Aperol Spritz, Italian Mule and Lemon Drop Martini.

This Strawberry Mojito is also a popular option.

And you’ll definitely want to save room for some Italian homemade desserts!

Chocolate Lava Cake: Homemade chocolate cake served with vanilla gelato.

Tiramisu: Ladyfingers dipped in espresso coffee and mascarpone cheese

Ortomare’s perfectly light and creamy Panna Cotta.

Ortomare’s reviews are stellar, with a score of 4.9 on OpenTable! Some patrons proclaim Ortomare’s pizza to be the best they’ve ever had, and the restaurant also gets a ton of praise for its friendly service, outdoor dining set up, and the rest of its menu.

“Everyone that worked there was really friendly and attentive…and the food was FABULOUS! Highly recommend!”

“Crispy delicious calamari and the best pizza in the city. Friendly attentive staff. All at reasonable prices. What more do you need?”
“I totally love this restaurant. I love to experience new foods, new restaurants but I just keep finding myself return to Ortomare. The food is absolutely delicious, rustic, traditional Italian food. Love watching my pizza being prepared in a wood burning oven. The service is impeccable, the food is simply delicious, atmosphere joyful. Summer time cocktails with limoncello was second to none. YOU HAVE TO MAKE THE TIME TO EAT HERE! We love it!”

Ortomare Ristorante Pizzeria is currently open Tuesday – Friday from 4-10 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-10 p.m. (with a 12-4 p.m. weekend brunch). They’re also open for outdoor dining, delivery and pickup.

Learn more at ortomare.com and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

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