Care for a side of sustainability with your pizza? Manhattan's Pizza by Certé is making a name for itself by serving up eco-friendly slices that taste as good as they are for the environment. We recently stopped by to scope out their recycled bottle countertops, living green wall watered by waste water, and eco-friendly pizza boxes. Read on to see what makes Pizza by Certé NYC's greenest pizza place.
Pizza by Certé is New York City’s only 3-star certified pizza restaurant (as awarded by Dine Green). The staff’s commitment to sustainability is apparent from the moment you step inside thanks to visible features like a vertical garden (which grows fresh basil during the warmer months), recycled bottle countertops and recyclable and biodegradable plates, utensils and napkins, but the shop’s green lean doesn’t stop there. The space is currently pursuing LEED Gold certification, and boasts recycled walls, millwork made from wheat, recycled bottle countertops and greywater reuse. All deliveries are made either by foot or by hybrid truck.
With all of that care and attention put into green efforts, you might think the actual pizza would suffer, but the opposite is actually true. With a solid four stars on Yelp, Pizza by Certé’s food is even more highly rated than its eco-features! In keeping with the rest its ethos, they use only fresh tomatoes (never canned), non-bleached flour, fresh cheeses and pasta hand-made on site. All ingredients are selected with preference given to local growers and purveyors whenever possible.
Pizza by Certé is located at 132 E. 56th St. and is open on weekdays from 8am – 9pm.