Like almost any place, NY Pizza would look and feel better with people in it. It was a rainy night when we visited, and we had the place to ourselves, although we did see people leaving when we came in and coming in when we left. We saw, too, plenty of food being packed up for delivery. In spite of a few upscale flourishes here and there, NY Pizza still feels casual.
NY Pizza prepares its own pizza dough, and it does taste fresh, but I like the finished product to be crispier.
The full name of this restaurant is the NY Pizza Company & Italian Bistro, and it's that "bistro" that makes the place different. The bistro specialties are mostly pasta dishes, outfitted with things like blackened salmon, grilled lamb, Cajun chicken and shrimp Alfredo. Most of these specialty pastas come plated with grilled seasonal vegetables, and all of them are accompanied by a house salad and a garlic knot. These specialty pasta options are in addition to the basic "traditional favorites" of pasta with clam sauce, bolognese, marinara and Alfredo. There's also an invitation to "create your own pasta platter" from sauces and such ingredients as mussels, tilapia and mahi mahi.
We tried the blackened salmon, which was served with marinara sauce on the side. The dish contained a good piece of well-cooked salmon, but the vegetables were a little slimy, the way they get in ratatouille. I'm always on the lookout for a good linguine and white clam sauce, and the version here is just OK.
The appetizers we chose were decent, but nothing we'd order again. Mushroom caps stuffed with breadcrumbs and cheese may have just needed more broiling time, but the N.Y.-style rice balls looked and tasted like the mixture you put into stuffed green peppers. Dessert options are limited to rice pudding, Mrs. Pose-style cheesecake and black-bottom cupcakes, and cannoli.
ny pizza company & italian bistroWhere: 10995 Owings Mills Blvd.
Open: 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday –Thursday,
11 a.m.–11 p.m. Friday-Saturday,
noon–10 p.m. Sunday
Credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Amex
Service: ** 1/2