Food with a Moroccan flair at Downtown Ithaca’s newest pizzeria

This week we’re at Due Amici Ristorante on the Ithaca Commons. This friendly new pizzeria with carry-out service, delivery, and tables to dine in, also offers Italian and middle eastern dishes with a Moroccan flair.

Veggies piled high on a New York style slice at Due Amici. 14850 photo.

Open seven days for lunch through late night, Due Amici always has slices of pizza ready for a quick warm-up, and of course ordering a pizza cooked from scratch will give you the freshest, tastiest pizza. The crispy, thin crust is some of the closest Ithaca gets to that holy grail of pizza offerings, the New York style pizza.

Their vegetarian pizza is generously topped with tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, olives, roasted peppers, spinach, and broccoli. And the pepperoni is all beef — there’s no pork served at Due Amici, one of the few places in town you can find certified Halal meats.

You might need a fork for this overflowing chicken shawarma pita.

There’s boneless Halal chicken in the overflowing chicken shawarma wrap, a hearty and well-seasoned pita sandwich. Or stay vegetarian with falafel, crispy fried balls of crushed chick peas, which you can enjoy in a pita or on any of the salads.

Enjoy the falafel by themselves as a snack or appetizer, or in a pita or on a salad.

You can find the real Moroccan touch in the tagines, a traditional middle eastern slow-cooking style named for the conical clay pot that was used. The slow simmered approach means the fish, chicken, or kofta meatball tagines at Due Amici are rich and tender, with onions and peppers and plenty of seasoning.

The folks from Due Amici were also out front during the Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-Off, showing off vegetarian beans spiced with harissa, a Moroccan hot chilli paste, and chili-flavored garlic knots.

Find Due Amici Ristorante at 124 East State Street on the Downtown Ithaca Commons, online at dueamiciristoranteithacany.com, or give them a call at 607-379-6666 and tell them you heard about them here.

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