Outside of Italy, New York (and Brooklyn) pizza is regarded as some of the very best in the world. Pizza in the United States has a long history – the first ever pizzeria was set up in Brooklyn in 1905, by Gennaro Lombardi.
Now, there’s so many styles of pizza in the USA: Neapolitan, Sicilian, New York, Connecticut, California, Detroit, St. Louis, bar pie, deep-dish, grandma… we could go on. But when it comes to some of the country’s very best pies, Brooklyn is where it’s at.
It’s a tough gig finding the borough’s best pies, but we’ve done it.
Best pizza in Brooklyn
The couple behind this mega-popular restaurant say their first shared meal was a pizza while sitting in their dorm room. Their love for pizza was born there and after eating plenty of it together, Matt and Emily have gone on to create two of the best pizza restaurants in all of New York. Thin, crispy and bursting full of wonderful flavours.
Probably one of the most famous pizza restaurants in the world, it’s not outrageous to say this is one of the places that has defined the entire Brooklyn revolution. A great place to come for drinks and some food before bar hopping around the area. The pizzas are classical Italian in style and unapologetically brilliant.
Domenico De Marco, or “Dom”, opened Di Fara Pizza in 1965 after emigrating to Brooklyn from the Province of Caserta in Italy. Many of the ingredients come straight from Italy and the master himself can still be seen cooking pizzas at 83 years of age. This is what truly great food heritage is all about.
From ex-owner of Grimaldi’s, this is the original location under the Brooklyn Bridge where he co-founded Grimaldi’s Pizzeria with his late wife, Carol. The room has been modernised but remains simple and stripped back, allowing the pizza to be the star of the show while complimented by world class service.
The only way to get a table in this wildly popular spot is to show up before 5pm, place your name on the list, “go have a drink” and they’ll call you when your table is ready. You’ll see as soon as you taste the pizza and enjoy the buzz of the room that it was worth the effort.
Lucali is the sort of restaurant that pushes the entire New York restaurant scene (and pizza in particular) to new levels.
The restaurant features Grimaldi’s signature red and white gingham tablecloths, handcrafted hanging wine bottle chandeliers, and classic black and white still photographs of its home of Brooklyn, NY.
The kitchen is open plan, which means you’ll seeing them tossing your dough in the air as you lick your lips in anticipation waiting for your pie to arrive.
Ops is the name of the Roman goddess of the harvest and the labor of the land. It also means opulence, so you can see how well they’ve chosen their name. Big doughy pizzas that you’ll need a huge appetite for, but the crusts also hide a light and airy texture that alongside their fresh toppings make these pizzas unique, memorable and utterly delicious.