Sleek as a new Ferrari but way more affordable, the year-old Red Tomato Artisanal Pizza in East Norwich runs on more than just its well-crafted pies. Naples-born owner Lello Messina, a partner at Messina Market next door, ingeniously maximizes his restaurant's wood-burning oven to bake bread, roast eggplant and turn out pasta dishes.
Red Tomato restaurant in East Norwich. (March 5, 2013)
Red Tomato restaurant in East Norwich is usually hopping with families. (March 5, 2013)
Red Tomato's contemporary decor creates a sleek, urban vibe. (March 5, 2013)
Large black-and-white photos of tomatoes, mozzarella and other foods hang on the walls at Red Tomato. (March 5, 2013)
Red Tomato has an open kitchen and counter dining as well as table seating. (March 5, 2013)
Red Tomato in East Norwich and more Long Island restaurants serving great soup.
House-baked ciabatta, done with pizza dough, is the bread used for Red Tomato's Italian BLT, with prosciutto, arugula and Roma tomatoes. (March 5, 2013)
Red Tomato's pasta dishes, including gnocchi classico, are placed in cast iron skillets and popped into the wood-burning oven to cook. (March 5, 2013)
Among Red Tomato's dessert offerings is a rich, airy ricotta cheesecake. (March 5, 2013)