As this guide will show, there is no shortage of piquant pizzerias in Ridgewood, Bushwick and East Williamsburg.

And New Yorkers have access to a plethora of pizza options, from New York-style to a wide assortment of Italian-style pizzas: Roman, Sicilian and Neapolitan, to name a few. It’s no wonder that pizza is such a staple for New Yorkers and Americans, who eat an estimated 6,000 slices of pizza during their lifetime.


Rome to Brooklyn

This dessert pizza comes loaded with raspberries, nutella, goat cheese and pecans.

Opened in early 2020, Rome to Brooklyn shares their passion for pizza by crafting New York- and Roman-style pizzas, which are rectangular with a light crust. 

The pizzeria’s chef and owner, Bushwick native Aurel Xhepexhiu has been in the pizza business since he was a teenager and has worked with some of the best in the business.

The restaurant adds flair to their pies with interesting topping combinations like blueberry and pancetta, prosciutto arugula and pear gorgonzola.

One of their most well-known offerings is the panzerotti, an Italian street food originating from Puglia. These fried calzones are offered with a variety of fillings, the classic three cheese to the Hellraiser’s grande mozzarella, ricotta, spicy sopressata, jalapeno and hot honey. 

Additionally, the pizzeria offers cauliflower crusts and vegan options. For those with a sweet tooth, the restaurant also has dessert pizzas. 

Rome to Brooklyn is located at 755 Grand St. and is open Monday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. 


Roberta’s 

The assortment of menu items includes a meat plate, a variety of pizzas and the delicious little gem salad (left).

A Bushwick favorite, Roberta’s, offers a variety of Neapolitan pizzas from classics like margherita and white pizza to pies with more heat, like the Bee Sting and the Famous Original. 

Roberta’s has locations on both coasts, with two locations in New York — Bushwick and Williamsburg — as well as Los Angeles.

Roberta’s pizza oven is also complemented by their outdoor tiki bar where draft beer, cocktails and self-seating can be found. In the tiki lounge area, you can enjoy the tropical escape by walking to the takeout storefront or calling in your order.

Roberta’s is located at 261 Moore St. Open for dine-in Wednesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Their tiki bar is open seven days a week from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., and their takeout hours vary throughout the week. 


Ops

Ops serves wood-fired pies with sourdough crusts.

Ops is another crowd-pleasing pizzeria in Bushwick. 

According to their website, the pizzeria is named after the Roman goddess of the harvest and labor of the land.

Take a bite into one of their delectable square pizzas, round pizzas with a more chewy crust or their daily pizza special. And if you want wine with that slice, the wine list has just about anything you could want: orange wines, more chuggable chilled reds, natural wines and the list goes on.

Ops is located at 346 Himrod St. and is open on Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

They are currently accepting a limited number of reservations as well as pickup and delivery orders.


Carmine & Son’s

At Carmine & Son’s you can grab a cold one, eat wood-fired pizza and watch the game.

Carmine & Son’s has been serving the East Williamsburg community for over 40 years since its establishment in 1979. 

Originally known as Ray’s Pizzeria, the pizzeria and sports bar changed its name to Carmine & Son’s in 1992 when the owner’s son, Carmine, took charge of the family business. 

The small pizzeria has several tables and counter seating. Its connected dine-in restaurant and sports bar boasts of New York’s best baseball players, on-field memories and achievements on its walls. 

Pizza ranges from 12-inch wood-fired pies to large New York-style pies with various toppings. 

Carmine & Son’s is located at 356 Graham Ave. and is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 


Williamsburg Pizza

At Williamsburg Pizza you can take your pick of “Brooklyn Round” or “Grandma Square.”

With five locations across New York City, Williamsburg Pizza will satisfy anyone looking for a crispy, thin crust pizza. 

If you’re looking to be dazzled, the pizzeria can also deliver your pie by drone for $59 dollars. The drone delivery package includes a large pie, Brooklyn Pinwheels (knots) and “an aerial show of a Drone carrying your pizza, piloted by one of the top Drone Pilot Commanders,” in addition to digital footage of the event. 

For non-meat eaters looking for a place to chow down (and maybe something less ostentatious), Williamsburg Pizza offers several vegetarian and vegan options. 

Williamsburg Pizza is located at 265 Union Ave. and is open Monday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Fazio’s of Bushwick

In addition to Sicilian style slices, Fazio’s offers other Sicilian specialties like arancini and scaccia.

Fazio’s of Bushwick takes pride in producing quality Sicilian street food, specializing in Sicilian, Neapolitan, and Grandma pies.

Among the restaurant’s offerings of Sicilian street food are its arancini, deep-fried risotto balls. Each risotto ball has a breadcrumb coating with a cheesy center of meat and peas.

Other such specialties include scaccia — Sicilian rolled pizza — and calzones. You can count on Fazio’s to use its mastery of Sicilian fare to create consistently delicious pies, too. 

Fazio’s is located at 709 Knickerbocker Ave. and is open 11:30 a.m. through 10:30 p.m. seven days a week. 


Crust Brooklyn Pizzeria

Of the pizzas offered at Crust, the pepperoni pie with a garlic knot crust might be the most indulgent.

Crust is a Bushwick pizzeria offering many pies and a variety of toppings. Crust makes classic pizzas, Sicilian, and Grandma as well as a more indulgent pepperoni pie that features a garlic knot crust.

Their menu also includes many favorite Italian pasta dishes as well as sandwiches, salads, seafood and more. 

For delivery, Crust uses the Slice app, which allows pizzerias to save on fees that are typically charged by other delivery platforms.

Crust Brooklyn Pizzeria is located at 734 Evergreen Ave. and delivers Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 

Pickup hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 


Julie’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

Grandma pies are but a small part of Julie’s long and varied menu.

On the corner of Onderdonk and Gates avenues in Queens stands a quaint pizzeria with a green sign bearing the name “Julie’s.” With lively energy and delicious pizza, it is not to be missed. 

It can be hard to choose from the large assortment of options offered at Julie’s Pizzeria & Restaurant. The pizza menu ranges from Sicilian Alla Vodka to Philly Cheese Steak Pizza, along with more standard options like Hawaiian, Grandpa and Grandma pies. 

And then there is the rest of the menu: Julie’s makes Italian dishes featuring a variety of salads, daily soups, pasta and many seafood options. 

For the more thrifty among us, Julie’s also offers well-priced daily specials. You can get one large pizza with a two-liter soda for $17.95 plus tax. If you are famished, you can get one large pie, six wings, five garlic knots, and a two-liter soda for $22.95 plus tax. 

Julie’s is located at 675 Onderdonk Ave. and operates Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. 


Joe & John’s Pizzeria

The hard-to-miss pizzeria offers thin-crust Sicilian pies.

Joe & John’s Pizzeria is easy to spot. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, known pizza-lovers, are painted all over the pizzeria’s exterior. The local favorite has been serving Ridgewood and Bushwick since 1968. 

Their offerings include traditional pizzas as well as numerous Sicilian square pies, including the indulgent Sfincione or Sicilian New Years pizza which comes covered in breadcrumbs. 

Classic Italian dishes are also available along with delectable desserts, such as tiramisu, New York cheesecake and fresh cannolis. 

Joe & John’s is located at 59-10 Myrtle Ave. and is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 


Top image courtesy of Rome to Brooklyn. All other images courtesy of corresponding pizzerias.

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