If there’s one thing New York City is good at, it’s Pizza. And with the rush of young people moving into the more industrial parts of Brooklyn, comes more of that city favorite. It seems that with the influx of more young people, also comes an influx of more artisanal pizza shops. Though Paulie Gee’s still stands strong as my favorite pizza joint in Brooklyn, Roberta’s has a menu with far more variation, and a unique twist on flavor and presentation. Located in the increasingly trendy, yet still very industrious area of Bushwick, the graffitied exterior keeps with that that grungy warehouse feel that makes it charmingly un-noticeable, yet mysteriously appealing.
Here’s some of what Roberta’s can offer that Paulie Gee’s cannot: choice of pizza toppings, (while I will never tire of Paulie’s menu and unique creations, here I can create my own), cheese and meat platters, a selection of entrees that are not served on a pie, beverages delivered in mason jars, and a quasi-outdoor area, from which you look through a window to the goings on of Heritage Radio.
The salads all sounded scrumptious and fresh; and while the arugula seemed like the most obvious choice for me, I went with the Red Mustard. It had a flavor I couldn’t place, but was absolutely amazing (I could’ve eaten two). With the yolk in the shape of just that, the plate mirrored the look of an egg. Being that the yolk is my favorite part, this was a fabulous addition to the dish for my palette.
While they have a great selection of pies and ingredients, the test for a truly good pizza is to have it the way Michele would approve of; marinara of course. If a pizza shop can get the simple marinara flavors right, then and only then, do they deserve a pizza cheers!
The also deserve to be put on your list…do it now.
261 Moore Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206-3816