There’s no world in which you think of New York cuisine without thinking of pizza. The City That Never Sleeps is also the city that never stops serving mouthwatering slices. While Manhattan has its fair share of famous pizzerias, Brooklyn boasts an impressive lineup of pizzerias that are sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Trust me, we were very selective.
Brooklyn, with its diverse neighborhoods and rich cultural history, has become a haven for pizza lovers seeking both classic and innovative pie creations. As a new resident or a visitor passing through, exploring the pizza scene is a rite of passage.
Enough chit chat, let’s get down to it before we get any hungrier. Here’s a guide to some of the best pizza spots in Brooklyn.
Classic and creative: pizza lovers’ paradise
Di Fara Pizza
Nestled in the heart of Midwood, Di Fara Pizza is a true institution. With its vintage décor and an elderly maestro, Dom DeMarco, crafting each pizza by hand, Di Fara definitely belongs in the books of pizza history. What more could you want from a classic New York-style pizza? Selling point for our team was the fresh mozzarella and basil… mmmmm.
Located in Carroll Gardens, Lucali is an intimate spot that serves up delectable thin-crust pizzas with a charming touch. (Next date night option?) The simplicity of their margherita pizza, featuring a perfect blend of fresh tomato sauce and mozzarella, has made Lucali a favorite among locals and celebrities alike. The backstory of this pizzeria adds more to the story: “Accidental Pizzaiolo Mark Iacono opened Lucali as a labor of love, to save the local candy store of his Carroll Gardens youth from an uncertain fate.”
Tucked away under the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, Juliana’s offers breathtaking views along with mouthwatering coal-fired pizzas. The owners, Pat and Carol, sold Grimaldi’s and retired almost two decades ago. Over 10 years ago, they came out of retirement to partner with a close friend to establish Juliana’s. They’re known for their crisp, thin crust and high-quality toppings. Don’t miss their No. 1 pizza, a classic Margherita with fresh basil. Sometimes simple is best.
In the trendy neighborhood of Bushwick, Roberta’s is more than just a pizzeria; it’s a culinary destination. Known for its inventive toppings and a laid-back atmosphere, Roberta’s has gained a cult following. The Bee Sting pizza, featuring soppressata (dry salami) and honey, is a must-try for those who love a hint of sweetness with their savory slices.
A bite of Brooklyn: pizzas with personality
For a fusion of New York and Italy, head to Speedy Romeo in Clinton Hill. This pizzeria brings a touch of sophistication to pizza-making, with wood-fired pies and incredibly creative toppings. Our suggestion? The St. Louie pizza, with Provel cheese and Italian sausage, is a bold and delicious choice for those that are a tad more daring.
Are you a more adventurous diner? Then head over to Greenpoint, which is home to Paulie Gee’s, a cozy spot with delectable and beautiful wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas. The quirky names, like the Hellboy with spicy honey, make this pizzeria stand out in our pizza tour. The welcoming ambiance and diverse menu cater to both traditionalists and those looking for something different.
Old School Pizzeria
If you’re looking for pizza that is kind to your tummy, you gotta make a stop at Old School Pizzeria in Williamsburg. True to its name, this spot embraces classic New York pizza, offering generous slices with a crispy crust and gooey cheese. They don’t use commercial yeast, so goodbye feeling bloated or sluggish after some slices. It’s a no-frills, authentic experience that captures the essence of Brooklyn’s pizza culture. This spot is a must if you’re showing friends around or just visiting from out of town. Their proof is in the dough!
Pizza on a budget: the more affordable, the better the taste
A Greenwich Village classic, Joe’s Pizza has expanded its reach to Williamsburg, bringing its iconic slices to Brooklyn. With a no-nonsense approach to pizza-making, Joe’s delivers a perfect slice that won’t break the bank.
In the Lower East Side, Scarr’s Pizza has become a destination for those seeking a taste of old-school New York. Lucky for Brooklynites, Scarr’s expanded to the borough, offering affordable and delicious slices. The grandma-style pizza, with its square shape and thick, doughy crust, is a nostalgic favorite.
Table 87 Coal Oven Pizza
For a taste of coal-fired goodness at an affordable price, head to Table 87 in Brooklyn Heights. Known for its coal oven slices and friendly atmosphere, this pizzeria offers a variety of toppings to suit every preference. The pepperoni slice, with its crispy edges and savory bites, is a standout choice.
Brooklyn’s pizza landscape is as diverse as its neighborhoods, offering a slice for every palate and preference.
Whether you’re a fan of traditional New York-style, innovative toppings, or budget-friendly options, Brooklyn’s pizzerias have you covered. If you’re a foodie like us or just enjoy eating, you’ll soon discover why Brooklyn is a mecca for pizza enthusiasts. So, grab a friend (or just yourself!) and take a stroll through the charming streets of Brooklyn, and embark on a pizza adventure that will leave you craving more.
(Did we miss you favorite spot? Let us know!)