“Chef Mario struck just the right balance by blending my cocoa powder into an expertly made crust and then topping the pizza with well-paired ingredients including Adoro Lei’s homemade mozzarella,” explains Chef Jacques Torres. “My first reaction when tasting it was, ‘Delicious!’ No doubt our fellow neighbors in Hudson Square, and all of New York City, will love this combination.”
The second new Adoro Lei offering named the “Henriette,” is a sweet dessert pizza with Jacques Torres Chocolate’s famous chocolate ice cream, fresh cream, berries and chocolate drizzle on top a fried, cocoa Zeppole.
“These pizzas are an exciting extension to the innovative offerings we have at Adoro Lei. Chef Mario Gentile continues to elevate the concept of pizza, this time through quality products crafted by confectionary visionary, Jacques Torres,” says Michael DiBugnara, creative director for Adoro Lei.
Opened in February 2015, Adoro Lei is buzzing. With a string of celebrity sightings, spectacular reviews, and their upscale take on Italian classics, Adoro Lei is bringing new flavor to a hidden gem of Manhattan neighborhoods.
“As Hudson Square continues to grow and change, it’s important for local business to join talents and support one another,” said DiBugnara who is also a board member of the Hudson Square Connection.
Meaning I adore her in Italian, Adoro Lei loves showing adoration for its patrons. The ambience of the restaurant is polished and lively with a DJ booth in the center. Lead by Executive Chef Mario Gentile, Adoro Lei is making a splash in the New York City restaurant scene for its dedication to fresh ingredients, respect for traditional Italian cuisine and love for its customers. Chef Mario has been trained internationally by Michelin-star chefs and owns a restaurant of his own.
Both the “Giacamo,” and “Henriette” pizzas are available at Adoro Lei today along with Jacques Torres Chocolate’s world famous Blood Orange Sorbet.
About Adoro Lei
Adoro Lei is bringing New York City an elevated Italian dining experience, where gracious hospitality and delicious food meet fun music and good times. Through its focus on fresh ingredients made in-house daily, Adoro Lei is expanding its mission of unabated adoration to its patrons; living up to its name which means “I adore her” in Italian. Located in Manhattan’s Hudson Square neighborhood, the restaurant opened its doors in February 2015 with delectable creations from executive chef Mario Gentile, refreshing cocktails by renowned mixologist Elayne Duff, and walls boasting the emotive art of Dessie Jackson. Guests are embraced by a unique culinary experience at a truly upscale “pizza party” with pies name for both famous and infamous Renaissance era figures.
About Jacques Torres
Fondly referred to as Mr. Chocolate, Jacques Torres is the authority on all things related to this confectionery delight. Raised in France, Jacques fulfilled his American dream in 2000 with the opening of his first chocolate factory, Jacques Torres Chocolate in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Jacques was a pioneer—the first artisan chocolatier to start from cocoa beans to make his own chocolate. In 2013, Jacques moved his production to a 40,000 sq. ft. chocolate manufacturing space at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Jacques prides himself on specializing in fresh, hand-crafted chocolates using premium ingredients free of preservatives and artificial flavors. He has served as Executive Pastry Chef at Le Cirque for 12 years, has hosted several of his own series on Food Network & PBS as well as written three cookbooks. Additionally, since 1993 Jacques proudly serves as Dean of Pastry Arts at the award-winning International Culinary Center. He has nine retail locations throughout New York City.