It’s difficult to walk a block in Midtown without running into a pizza joint, most of which claim to be “famous” in some way or another. But Caruso has a favorite secret gem: B Side Pizza and Wine Bar. Located at Ninth Avenue and 51st Street, a few blocks from the chaos of Times Square, you’re more likely to run into locals than tourists. Plus, it’s cozy, rustic, and low-key, so you can go there on a date or with your entire family.
“More important, it has some of the greatest artisanal pizzas this side of Palermo,” Caruso says. “Historically, I have turned up my nose to any pizza that involved fruit, but I still have happy dreams about the Don Ho pizza, loaded with tomato, roasted pineapple, prosciutto, burrata, and pickled fresno chiles.”