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Gluten Free Pasta and Brick Oven Pizza

General Info
ZAGAT survey rated: food 23, décor 18, service 22, cost $46 An extensive selection of "excellent gluten-free" dishes is the hook at the new Yorkville Italian that also hopes to lure in locals with its "outstanding" pizza; brought to you by chef Giuseppe Lentini (ex Tini's, Lentini's), it's a "first class operation" if "not a magnum opus." Opus is an informal Italian trattoria with wide-ranging contemporary appeal, warmth and some distinctive traits. Serving both gluten-free and regular dishes, Opus has dual appeal. It has two rooms decorated in simple, soft tones and patrolled by a responsive service staff. Chef Giuseppe and host Enzo are leaders in providing gluten-free cuisine and have specialized for several years in cooking for sufferers of celiac disease and other allergic ailments. With mouth watering options such as gluten-free pasta and gluten-free brick oven pizza, Opus is the gluten-free restaurant of choice for those maintaining a gluten free diet. That does not preclude many homey, seafood-rich Pugliese-style dishes prepared with normal ingredients. Raw bar seafood items are a popular starter, followed by appetizers, soups and salads. Entrees include a variety of fish, veal chicken. Opus has an automated system to expedite orders for delivery or pickup and takeout. To order on line go to http://www.opusnyc.com/OnlineDelivery.aspx review the menu, click on the desired dishes and place your order.
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Payment method
master card, amex, visa
Price Range
$$
Location
2nd avenue between 81st and 82nd st. Upper East Side
Neighborhoods
Upper Manhattan, Upper East Side, Yorkville
AKA

Opus Restaurant

Categories
Italian Restaurants, Pizza, Mediterranean Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Mediterranean, Take Out, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza

Price Range : Average

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FoodyNY

11/18/2009

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Overall
terrible experience

I found a bug in the salad they brought me so I called the waiter to take my plate away and I asked for something else because I didn't feel like eating ANOTHER salad at this place. The Manager comes in and tells me to leave if I wanted "" free food"". You will get a replacement for this same salad and nothing else!! CAN YOU IMAGINE THIS!!?? He escorted me and my friend outside of the restaurant!!!
NEVER EVER GO THERE!!!!

sbryant84

07/03/2009

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Overall
Good for Pizza and Pasta on a Weeknight

My friend and I went there for a relaxed dinner after work. The ambiance is a bit off, something not consistent int he decor and the music but the front windows were open which I love. The service was great, hands on, attentive but not overbearing. We had the simple pizza margherita which was delicious! I only wish it had been bigger for the price. I then had the mussels which I could have dipped bread into that sauce forever. Super yummy, my girlfriend had the fettucine alfredo which was beautiful in color, texture and flavor. I will go to this place for a glass of wine and pizza again.

Mattyg

05/18/2009

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Avoid like the Plague

Avoid this place like the plague. I went there because my GF has celiacs to get her a pizza. The pie cost me 20$, which is fine if it's actually edible, and more than three inches big. The ""pizza"" they gave me was smaller than Pizza hut's pressonal pan pizzas. Furthermore the bread was under cooked, the ""marinara"" tasted like ketchup w/ more sugar, and there was maybe one gram of cheese on the entire pizza. I'm not kidding you, this was the worst experience in Gluten Free Dining I've ever had. Usually people that serve Gluten Free stuff, don't try to exploit people with a disability. Not this place. This place added 5$ for GF ""pizza"". And ""Brick Oven"" is a fricken joke. Their pies are cooked in brand new metal industrial ovens. I hope this over priced, exploitative, dump goes under, SOON. Terrible. Don't go. Over priced, crappy food.

reviewer2006

02/03/2009

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Overall
Best Italian food on the Upper East Side, best Gluten Free Italian in the City

This is my favorite restaurant on the Upper East Side. I happen to need to eat gluten free, but I regualarly eat her with friends and family that are not gluten free and everyone is always impressed with the food. I ate here after a recent trip to Italy and have to say the food was better at Opus than any of the places that I ate at in Italy. The service is excellent and the staff is very accomodating they will cater to any special dietary needs. I highly recommend the gluten free pasta it is second to none. Everything is delicious from the most basic dishes like pasta pomodorro to some of the more complex entrees.

Gfgirl1

01/26/2009

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Overall
Don't bother- bad service, kitchen closes early, and NO gluten-free pizza!

After reading the other reviews posted, we thought we were in the wrong restaurant. The whole place is a hoax!! The kitchen and entire restaurant closes at 11pm (on a Friday night), and they are not afraid to rush you out of there. The only gluten-free menu options are their entrees that are naturally gluten-free, and pasta. There are no gluten-free pizzas on the menu ""yet""..our waiter claimed that the recipe is coming from Italy (are you kidding?). We should have taken this as a hint and just left then! The artichoke appetizer was good, but the service was so bad that it was hard to enjoy it. The drinks even had too much ice! If you're expecting gluten-free pizza and a quality late-night dining spot with friendly service, this is NOT the place.

estherd

12/14/2008

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Overall
The best pizza i've ever tasted!

I went to opus restaurant with my family and it was just wonderful! Their appetizers, entree and desserts! everything was perfect. Also, i tried the brunch last week and it was very different from other places and like i said before ""PERFECT!"" I would highly recommend! :)

mslebow

11/19/2008

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Overall
Terrible service, mediocre food

One of the worst dining out experiences I can ever remember having in New York. I went with my boyfriend on Friday night. The little annoyances started before we were even inside: there was no doorknob or handle on the door, so it looked like a window. Once we finally figured out how to get inside, we were told we would have to wait to be seated. Despite having had reservations since Tuesday, we had to wait 30 minutes for a table. When we were eventually seated, it was at a little table situated so close to the one next to it that we were basically sitting at a four-person table with two people we didn't know. Looking at the menu, we found out that the gluten-free pizza advertised (the reason we went) was actually not available. Our food took at least 45 minutes to come. When it did, the portions were shockingly small and some of the food was undercooked. Fed up, we asked to speak to the manager. That ended up being the most infuriating part of all. Far from apologetic, the manager produced every excuse in the book, including basically claiming that no restaurant in New York has good service and we were wrong to expect it. Rest assured, I will not be back. I can only imagine (and hope) that a place with such terrible service will not survive long in this city. And any opportunity I have to hasten its demise is definitely a welcome one.

ashleyclayton

10/21/2008

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Overall
A breath of fresh air for the Upper East Side...

The food was perfection, the menu was full of options, the staff was extremely friendly and the atmosphere truly transports you to Europe for a couple hours. So if you are in need of a little get away get up to Opus for some amazing brick oven pizza, to die for pasta (can be gluten free too) and some chocolate moose that will leave you speechless.

onlymsp

10/09/2008

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Overall
Best everything anywhere

Once again the Lentini Brothers have knocked it out of the park! In their lastest venture they have created two dining rooms, one in the bar area with the most amazing light fixtures hanging from the ceiling and a second, in a separate room that is romantic and quiet with low lights and candles. The service is extrodinary and the menu is true Italian and gluten free. I tried a slice of pizza, a little of the flat bread, that is made to order in the pizza oven so it is hot and delish, and if that is what gluten free tastes like then I never need ""gluten"" in my life. I ended with veal scallopini that was light as a feather and oh so delicate. In case you couldn't tell I love this place! Be the first on your block to check it out! Oh and ladies.....there are hooks on the bar for you purse! These guys thought of everything!

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