When one thinks of Italian Food, Lehigh Acres is not the first place in Southwest Florida that one usually thinks about. Ft. Myers had always seemed to have the corner on the Italian Food market. That was our thought, until we tried New York NY Pizza in Lehigh recently. We had seen the Italian Eatery in the Publix Plaza on Homestead Road in Lehigh Acres and thought, let’s give it a try and see if we have a true Italian Gem right here in Lehigh Acres. Up front I will say it has its good points and it has its bad points, however, the good does outweigh the bad, at least from our perspective!
We arrived around 7pm; there were a few patrons in the quaint dining room. The atmosphere was nice, not over stated with gaudy artwork or knick knacks. A pleasant feeling restaurant that is warm and welcoming. We found a table; menus already on the table, so we began to peruse the fare New Your Pizza Lehigh had to offer. Quite an extensive menu for what looks like a simple little pizzeria. Pizza, of course, as well as hot and cold subs, strombolis and calzones, wide array of appetizers and a nice selection of pasta dishes. Spaghetti and meatballs or sausage, ravioli, stuffed shells, chicken/eggplant parmigiana, ziti and of course the lasagna. We were most pleased with New York Pizza Lehigh’s prices, very moderate for most items. Average pasta price $9 for a dinner, average pizza price is 12” medium - $16.75m 14” large - $18.95, 16” x-large - $20 and a Sicilian $23.95. All in all their prices are very much in line with other Italian Restaurants within Southwest Florida.
It did take a while for our waitress to visit our table. This is where the pro aspect comes in about our experience at New York NY Pizza. The wait staff seems to be off in a world of their own, not being too attentive to the dining room guests. We placed our order which included a garden salad for both me and my dining partner. My dining partner ordered the Cheese Ravioli and I ordered the Pasta Trio which consisted of Lasagna, 2 Stuffed Shells and Baked Ziti. Each dinner came with baked rolls, which were wonderful! We both ordered unsweet tea. The restaurant has no on tap drinks; everything comes in a bottle and are coca cola products. Not the end of the world but does take away free refills! They do carry beer and wine for dine in only. The waitress did ask if we wanted our salads first and we both said yes. The salads came rather quickly and were quite big, very generous portion indeed. We had just finished our salads and not more than five minutes passed and our meals were on the table. Again the portions are very generous, which is a nice aspect as some restaurants are cutting down on portion size blaming the economy, but not New York Pizza Lehigh. Nice job on the portion sizes! We both were expecting something less than favorable when it came to flavor but to our surprise the flavor was great. Both dishes had an awesome Italian flavor. They do say that all orders are made to order and after tasting our meals we believe that they do put that much care and effort into each meal. Not over seasoned or under seasoned, flavor was exactly what you would expect in a dish that was made to order. Truly a chef that knows what he is doing and love’s what he is doing! Other dining room meals looked and smelled just as good as ours did. We didn’t see any unhappy faces or hear anyone complaining about their meal, everyone seemed happy as we were with our food. Again, the only problem we found was with the wait staff, and we both feel some good old fashion training would go along way! But that in and of itself would not deter us from dining with New York NY Pizza in the future, the taste of the food definitely makes up for that con of our experience.
We did notice that there are daily specials as well as everyday specials! While we did not have a pizza, we did note that they do a great carry out business when it comes to pizza’s, which indicated to us that their pizzas must be as good as their pastas otherwise business would not be so brisk, especially on a Tuesday night! New York NY Pizza offers dine in, carry out and delivery. If you are having an event, New York NY Pizza will even cater it for you!
We recommend New York NY Pizza based on their food.heir food gets a solid thumbs up! The only thing lacking at New York NY Pizza is the service. If you can over look that aspect for some very flavorful Italian Food, then you need to try New York Pizza Lehigh! We think you will enjoy the food, we did!!!!