picture from serious eats
My pizza quest has let me to Roberta’s in Bushwick. Roberta’s didn’t just have good pizza because it tastes good, but because they grow all their fresh ingredients themselves in the gardens that surround the outdoor eating area. I’m pretty sure they even have their own chicken coop. Their dishes are pretty creative, mixing vegetables not normally found on a pizza. They’re original, fresh and seasonal, all of which I love. I definitely would go back; it’s worth the trip out there.
261 Moore St. at Bogart, Brooklyn
I visited Numero 28 in the West Village this week, and I have to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much. Mostly because on my pizza quest I’ve come to accept that the only places worth visiting have at least an hour wait if you get there past 6:30. This place, maybe because there’s more than one location, seated us immediately. I’ll admit it, I was pleasantly surprised. We tried the Margherita Reginella Pizza, and it was definitely comparable to the other pizza quest contenders (Keste still being my favorite). We also had pesto spaghetti, and also delicious, was just a plate of spaghetti in a thin coat of pesto, so I’m glad we ordered the pizza to share for some variety.
28 Carmine Street, btwn Bleeker and Bedford
Kesté ranked #1 in 2009 by New York Magazine so Tim and I took our quest to find the best pizza here, to the east village. Of the two pizza places that have made up our quest, I’ve ranked this as the best pizza. We ordered the Margherita and the Keste Pizza, of the two my favorite being the Margherita. The dough and the sauces were more flavorful than Motorino’s, and over it was just delicious pizza. Unfortunately, like Motorino’s, the atmosphere left something to be desired, it felt a little too generic (some store somewhere is making a killing from all these pizza places buying black and white photos of chefs making pizza dough). It was nice that you could hear Italian spoken everywhere from both waiters and guests, which would have made it feel more authentically Italian if not for the terrible easy-listening station playing over the crowd. However, pizza was great, the waiters were nice and there wasn’t a wait (at 6:30 on a Tuesday) so it was overall a very enjoyable experience.
271 Bleeker Street, between Jones St. and Cornelia
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Motorino was recently rated the best pizza in New York, which is a lot to live up to. We ordered the margarita doc pizza, and though it was very, very good, could I safely say best pizza in New York? I’m not really sure, though I have to admit it was definitely among the better pizzas I’ve had here. The meatball’s couldn’t compare to Chris’s mom’s, but still, not bad.
I’m looking forward to trying it again, though getting one of their pizzas with prosciutto or brussels sprouts to see what they can do. Also, if you’re planning on going, Tim had the good sense to take me there at 6:30 on a Tuesday so we were seated immediately, but I hear it gets really crowded and people regularly wait one to two hours for a table.
319 Graham Ave, Brooklyn