Rotto Pizzeria: A Taste of New York in Antalya
Restaurants pop up so frequently in Antalya, it’s impossible to keep current on every new eatery in every part of the city, so I love it when friends let me in on their discoveries. A few days ago, my friend Christina told me that I needed to check out Rotto Pizzeria, a recent addition in Kaleiçi that does New-York-style pizza by the slice, with —get this— free refills on drinks. Since Christina is a foodie who used to live in New York City, I trust her to know what she’s talking about when she says a place is worth a try. I stopped by Rotto over the weekend for a quick lunch to see for myself what it was like.
Sure enough, there it was— pizza slices for ₺3 and unlimited refills on drinks for ₺2. That sounded like a bargain to me.
Rotto has two busy periods: lunchtime, and late at night when the clubs and bars are letting out. I showed up at a very awkward time, late in the afternoon, when most restaurants experience a lull and scale back a bit. Even so, there were still a few different pizzas to choose from, and two of them were just coming out of the oven as I arrived. Christina had recommended the pepperoni, which is not just sucuk relabelled as pepperoni, but is actually a halal beef pepperoni. I decided to give it a try.
All in all, it was pretty good for a casual lunch. The pizza crust is thin and crispy, the slices are a decent size, and a refillable drink certainly doesn’t hurt. The pepperoni is better than you might expect, considering it has no pork in it. If you’ve had a drink or two and you come out of one of the bars craving pepperoni pizza, it’ll certainly do. In fact, I was completely sober when I ate at Rotto, and was pleasantly surprised at how good the pizza was. Also, since the pizzas are ready to go, there’s almost no wait time, so if you’re in a hurry and just want to eat right away, Rotto is a good option.
Rotto Pizzeria is near the Yeni Kapı entrance of Kaleiçi (that’s the entrance closest to the stadium). They’re open for lunch, and stay open until very late. Christina said she has shown up after 2 a.m. and they were still going strong, so if you’re peckish after a night on the town, stop by and see. There is a small seating area, and also a counter where you can stand and eat if necessary.