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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pizza at the Right Price

MTTre Folye is adorned with Renaissance reprints and plenty of greenery.
Sure you might not drive across town to dine there, but you'd be as happy as a clam if it opened next door.

Though not quite a real-deal mom-and-pop joint, Tre Folye makes for a decent neighborhood Italian eatery.

It's low on fuss and fiddle, keeping the design simple without resorting to any kind of minimalism. The semi-basement setting still manages to let in some light through windows on two sides, thanks to its corner setting. The walls are hung with reproductions of Italian Renaissance artworks, such as Giuseppe Arcimboldi's Four Seasons (a.k.a. "Fruit Face") series, among others, and there are plenty of potted plants. All in all, it's pretty much your typical pasta-and-pizza place -- minus the red-and-white checked tablecloths.

What really surprises at Tre Folye is the menu, or more precisely, the prices -- as they're unbelievably low. Salads start at 150 rubles for a fresh vegetable salad and reach up to 360 rubles for a Neapolitan -- ruccola with tiger prawns and cherry tomatoes under an olive oil and vinegar dressing. Cold starters begin at a mere 70 rubles for bruschetta with tomato and fresh basil, while a bruschetta with anchovies, capers and sun-dried tomatoes costs 110 rubles, and one with parma ham tops the list at 360 rubles. Minestrone is the least expensive soup at 140 rubles, and gazpacho with mussels is the most expensive at 240 rubles.

The pastas and pizzas are the main drawing card here, however. A spaghetti aioli is 180 rubles, while 280 rubles will buy you either lasagna, penne with salmon or fettuccini with porcini. The pizza section is the largest on the menu, with several dozen choices. They may not be the best in town, but they are certainly acceptable and tasty enough, and the prices are competitive: 160 rubles buys you a thin-crust Siciliano cheese-less pizza with anchovies, olives and capers; 280 rubles gets you the Dyavalo, a classic spicy salami and mozzarella pizza; and at the top end of the price scale is a pizza with tiger prawns for 340 rubles.

Beer starts at 130 rubles for a half-liter of Stella Artois.

11 Leninsky Prospekt, Bldg. 1, 237-4182, noon-midnight, M. Oktyabrskaya.