Caryn and I don’t see each other nearly as often as we’d like, so when she was by my office the other day, she suggested we meet up for lunch. Â Since we’re both bargain hunters, Spunto was the perfect spot for a sit-down lunch because of its affordable lunch menu.
Now Spunto is the cousin of Vezzo in Murray Hill, which we reviewed back in early 2009, when only my co-workers and my parents read this blog. Â It serves thin crust pizza, and the West Village location was hopping around 1:30 pm yesterday afternoon. Â The restaurant was pretty big, so we were able to snag the last table for two. Â Note that also related to Vezzo and Spunto is Posto, in Gramercy.
With Spunto’s lunch menu, everything is priced under $10, and it features pasta, soup, sandwiches, pizza and salad. There are a lot of combos too, which is perfect if you are like us and indecisive. Â And get this – the lunch menu includes a FREE beverage!
Caryn and I both went with the house salad and a slice of pizza. Â The house salad features a delicious house Cesar dressing, which is probably one of my favorite house dressings anywhere in Manhattan. Â The salad also comes with a great mix of toppings, like onions, olives, mushrooms and tomatoes. Â The thin slice of cheese pizza was good as well and all it needed was some crush red pepper flakes to make it taste even better. Â With tax and tip, the whole meal cost me $7 and I left feeling full.
One of my big complaints about Vezzo was the service. Â It was always painfully slow, so it was tough to head there for lunch during a work day. Â Spunto was the opposite. Â From the moment we sat down until when we paid the bill, lunch had only taken a half hour (sorry Caryn, I kept track). Â We received our salads immediately after ordering, and the pizza came shortly after. Â I didn’t feel rushed, but it’s a great spot if you are trying to meet someone during your work lunch and don’t want to it appear like you’ve left the office for a really long time.
My one complaint however – don’t do take out from Spunto. Â I did it for work a few weeks back, and the pizza wasn’t nearly as good as when it’s fresh out of the oven. Â Plus, they gave us lettuce without that special dressing on the side – and instead, vinegar and oil. Â If you do take out and plan on reheating your pizza later like Caryn and I did when we tried Spunto during the Tastes of the West Village festival you’ll be fine.The Basics Name: Spunto Location: 63 Carmine Street between Bleecker and Bedford Who to Bring: Friends, Co-workers Price: $ Less than $10 with tip Overall: 4 stars. Â Get lunch spot in the West Village.