Founded by Sicilian natives, this pizzeria and rosticceria, opened in March 2016, is inspired by Sicilian style.
The 800 square foot space offers “Pizza al Taglio” (by the square slice), “Pizza ripiena” (stuffed with excellent and flavorful ingredients)and “Pizza Gourmet” (special pizza created by our chefs) before expanding the complete menu with Sicilian rosticceria such as arancini and zeppole.
One of Italy’s most fascinating and interesting regions, Sicily serves as the ultimate inspiration for Filaga, from the name (which is named after a Sicilian small town “Filaga”), food, ingredients, including the logo which is inspired by the great tradition of famous Sicilian hand-worked ceramics.
We offer authentic Sicilian pizza and rosticceria easy to take away or to taste in our location which has 14 seats.
Sicilian pizza was first introduced in the United States by the first Sicilian immigrants. Today it is still a popular pizza, typically a square pizza.
Our Sicilian pizza at Filaga keeps alive the tradition of a rectangular, crunchy and airy interior topped with refined and gourmet ingredients such as prosciutto crudo di Parma, black Tuscany kale, and local, fresh ingredients like vegetables. Olive oil and flour are imported from Italy as well as mozzarella and parmigiano reggiano.
Authenticity is our goal and a myriad of delicacies are featured in the menu. The utter quality of each raw ingredient is at the core of our kitchen. We celebrate the best flavors by choosing them in full compliance with seasons, and according to tradition, which means a century-old technique is utilized with the freshest ingredients and with an eye always toward the environment.
Our pizzas are always designed on a simple base, and each day we make fresh pizza using fresh ingredients both local and imported.
Traditional and contemporary techniques allow us to create tempting combinations of flavor.
The main components of our pizza are: dough, tomatoes, mozzarella and oil. Our dough is only made of Italian 00 flour, fresh yeast, salt and water. And time. In fact, we mix the dough in small batches using a little known artisan proofing process which can last up to 24 hours. This process achieves a very light, digestible, and flavorful dough. Our flour is directly imported from Italy from stone ground producers, just the way it used to be.
Always looking for the most representative Italian excellence, we carefully choose the raw ingredients to offer great harmonies of flavor. The menu is sober and accurate, strongly traditional and tied to the local product we mainly import from Italy. Our toppings come from the finest ingredients, all carefully sourced, from buffalo mozzarella to the freshest vegetables—quickly charred to seal in all the flavor. We use only Italian Organic Tomatoes for our sauce, freshly crushed and with just a little salt added. Fior di Latte Mozzarella from Italy is our choice of cheese; a beautiful white, clean and fresh cheese that we break by hand every day to insure the perfect texture. Finally, we gently drizzle our pizza with a unique, delicious Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Sicily. You can be sure that all the other ingredients, that will make your pizza a unique, experience are carefully sourced to meet our standards.
In Sicily we say that every moment is the right moment to eat a “pezzo di rosticceria”. We say “pezzo or pezzi” which literally means “piece/pieces”. Everyone likes it and there are no specific times during the day (or night!) to have a calzone, a pizzetta or an arancina.
Filaga wants to bring the concept of Sicilian rosticceria to New York to explore the culinary universe of this unique Island. Our arancine are made according to the original recipe with saffron and rice. Sicilian cannoli at Filaga are prepared with sheep ricotta imported from Sicily and pistachio.
When developing the brand image, we choose a symbol of Italian excellence, inspired by the great tradition of artistic, hand-worked ceramics. It is here that the best craftsmanship and the highest harmony between form and color meet. Just like it happens with our pizza: where flavors and suggestions merge.
It is a very old story made up of manual skills, time and commitment. The result is something you can enjoy in just one moment: sight fills up with beauty, taste is pleased.
We refer to Sicilian artistic ceramics for the logo, and we commit the details of our location to the Italian craftsmen, from the tableware to the sign, from the counter to the tables to take a seat.
Our journey to Filaga is not only composed of fragrances and flavors, it is also a journey through tradition and beauty, to bring back the fascination of the Land of History and Culture, Genius and Joy of life.