I consider Hell’s Kitchen to be a culinary “promise land” whenever I am visiting New York and was thrilled to have stumbled upon Nizza on my mission to escape the subpar food that lingers menacingly just a few blocks away in Times Square.

Nizza is an Italian restaurant located on 9th Avenue. When I entered Nizza freezing from head-to-toe, I couldn’t help but notice the warmth emanating from the room. The restaurant is quaint with hues of oranges, yellows, golds, and browns throughout. My dining companion and I were walked casually to our seats and invited to hang our coats on a communal coat rack. When our menus were presented to us the first thing the hostess asked was if we were gluten-free. Although I am not, I was glad to hear her say that Nizza made being “restricted” to a gluten-free diet easy for everyone with a wide variety of delectable dining options.

After perusing the menu both my dining companion and I ordered the Linguine Clams and were served a delicious plate of fresh focaccia bread and olive oil. The Linguine Clams consisted of manila clams cooked in a sauce of white wine, garlic, herbs and butter over a bed of linguine.

Nizza Linguine Clams

Nizza Linguine Clams

The pasta was perfectly al dente; the clams were cooked well and still tasted of the sea, and the sauce was very light with a pronounced garlic and white wine flavor. I enjoyed the simplicity of this dish and after quite a few heavy and complex meals earlier in the week; it was refreshing to eat something that someone’s mother could have made you in their eat-in kitchen on a whim.

I don’t have any complaints about Nizza and would be interested to see what else their menu had to offer in the future. Until then, I am simply grateful Nizza gave me the delicious escape I needed away from the bustling streets and pushy tourists.

Nizza, 630 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
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