Meet a Lower Manhattan Business: Grotto Pizzeria & Restaurant
A lot has changed in the Financial District since Grotto Pizzeria opened in 1986, but one thing remains constant: Mike Tempera’s commitment to a good slice of pizza.
“Slices are the most popular item,” said owner Tempera, who has expanded his menu from a page of pizza varieties to seven pages of pastas, salads, ciabattas and even burritos during his business’ long tenure.
The basement-level restaurant also added evening hours to accommodate the growing number of residents in the neighborhood, and now counts 15 different slices, including a bacon and jalapeño number that is a hit with regulars.
Most of all, customers value the small-town touch of the pizza place. “We tend to know people by name, and we remember their orders,” said Tempera. “When people find us, we keep them.”
69 New Street
212.809.6990Lower Manhattan, Mike Tempera, The Grotto