Serafina’s Il Calzone, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes


Dish no. 51: Il Calzone from Serafina (210 West 55th Street, 212-315-1700)

Look past the glitzy, overpriced pizza chain veneer and you’ll find a massive calzone fit to feed two. At $19, it’s the city’s priciest dough pocket, but slapping down a Jackson gets you a truly impressive specimen that starts out plain enough, with tomato, basil, and mozzarella cheese. The enzymatic ante is upped with the addition of Robiola, a soft, tangy cheese from Piedmont. The baked slab arrives on a wooden cutting board draped with prosciutto like a Madison Avenue gal wearing her finest fur stole. As calzones go, this one’s likewise a sight to behold.

See all of our 100 favorite dishes.

In advance of our 2014 Best of NYC issue, we’re traipsing through the boroughs and divulging our favorite dishes of the year. They’re presented here as a countdown, but we’re listing them in no particular order. Consider this a guide to what’s good to eat in this town right this very second.

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