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Bodega Pizza Brings More Flavor to Wash Heights

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Washington Heights is known for its rich culture and wide diversity. But mostly its “salsa” aka flavor.

Bodega Pizza is the brainchild of Jose Morales who also founded Apt. 78 in the same location. It shows that reinvention, done in the right way, can win hearts and stomachs. Donning it’s bright yellow awning, you can’t help but reminisce about your childhood if you grew up in New York, land of the ubiquitous bodegas.

Styled after a true bodega, it houses cans of Cafe Bustelo and cereal along with a brick oven that makes a mean pie.

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The Felize Cumbe is a Hawaiian pizza with a twist including basil, corn, and Bodega Pizza’s homemade tomato sauce. After indulging with Felize Cumbe, we tried Paid In Full, cleverly named with prosciutto, mozzarella, gorgonzola and baby arugula.

All personal pizzas are playfully named after major music influences like Tribe Called Fresh and Dark Side of the Moon. The pizzas have a gourmet touch to them without the gourmet price. The service is great – it can be very difficult to choose what to eat but they were very helpful in recommending staff favorites.

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The cherry on top of our food coma? The dessert nutella calzone with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was earth, wind and fire. We beg of you, when they ask if you have room for desert, ALWAYS SAY YES.

With a lively vibe true to its neighborhood, Bodega Pizza will make you fall in love with with its graffiti and arcade games. This place takes you back to your childhood. The eye-catching bar is set up with a great selection of beers on tap and with retro candy (including Cry Babies and Bubblicious) set up just like at traditional bodegas.

You can really tell the amount of amoré that was put into Washington Height’s new sweet spot. This place is not only great for a first date but also for a family night when you want to ditch the oven mits and try something delicious. Nomaste.

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