January 22, 2016
Just a quick post today, featuring one of our local(ish) NJ pizzerias that made the list, Brooklyn’s Pizza. Are you wondering why it is called “Brooklyn’s” pizza, when it is way outside of Brooklyn, in NJ? We were definitely curious, so we did a little digging. As it turns out, the owner of Brooklyn’s pizza (John Grimaldi) is the nephew of Pat Grimaldi, who opened Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn, and who is
also the nephew of Patsy Lancieri, of NYC’s famous Patsy’s in Harlem. In case you that just confused you even more, here is a helpful graphic. Basically, the whole family runs the pizza show in NYC.
Anyways, now that you’ve had a bit of pizza history, we can talk about the pie. We just got one large pie here, which was a regular cheese and tomato. We weren’t in the mood for anything fancy. Also baked in a coal oven (just like Grimaldi’s), the crust was nice and crispy, and the homemade mozzarella melted perfectly.
Brooklyn’s Pizza also has several locations around NJ – but the one in Hackensack is the original. The other two are in Edgewater and in Ridgewood. The restaurant is very family-friendly. We had no issues getting a table, and the service was quick.
We liked this pie almost as much as Grimaldi’s. At the very least, it is nice to have a good, classic, NY-style pizza option that doesn’t involve any of the following:
a.) driving across Manhattan (or any part of NYC)
b.) trying to get to Brooklyn by subway, and then having Eric get us lost with his *awesome* sense of direction
c.) walking across the Brooklyn bridge and getting caught in the rain (this has actually happened multiple times)
161 Hackensack Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Side note: Last night we celebrated a big birthday! Of course, pizza was involved. We went back to Co., and this time we went for the Popeye again and a Meatball. They were just as good as we remembered, possibly even better because we also got wine!