The relationship you’ve built with your favorite Brooklyn pizza will outlast apartment leases, mayoral administrations, and, possibly, many romantic partnerships. But just because you have a good thing going with your slice spot in Midwood or sourdough pie place in Bushwick doesn’t mean there’s not room to experience the newest options in the borough. What we’re saying is, you’re in an open pizza relationship now. Here are the six best new pizza places in Brooklyn.
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Park Slope has an exceptional new Neapolitan pizza place, and you should go out of your way to try it. The noteworthy pepperoni pie has a chewy crust and fresh mozzarella like a lot of great pizza, but they also add red chili flakes that are far superior to whatever comes out of those free little packets. And like an exclamation point, this small touch makes a huge difference.
Since August, Pizza Yard on Governors Island has been working out of a shed equipped with a wood-burning oven, and the result is some of the best pizza in the whole city. The bubbly crust has a nice crunch and the sauce tastes like the sweet yet acidic grand prize winner at a tomato sauce festival (which is unfortunately not a thing in NYC). You should absolutely make a day out of gazing at the Statue of Liberty and writing a poem for this pizza. For more on what’s happening on Governors Island this summer, check out this feature.
Some pizza is delicate and refined. Other pizza is minimalist, with just a touch of basil and olive oil to round things out. Rome To Brooklyn in Williamsburg falls into neither of these categories. The pizza here is as in-your-face as a hyper-confident 12-year-old with two favorite colors and a noteworthy stamp collection. Their barbecue chicken pie - which comes covered in gorgonzola and swirls of barbecue sauce - is the perfect example of this, but what you really want is the grandma slice with pepperoni. The dense, chewy crust sags under the weight of its toppings, which is an auspicious sign for a slice of pizza.
Leo is from the people behind one of our favorite pizza places in the city (Ops in Bushwick). Like their sister location, Leo serves natural wine and specializes in sourdough pies - but that somewhat trendy description doesn’t do this place justice. Make no mistake, Leo is the best new pizza place in Williamsburg. The dough tastes tangy enough to inspire a daydream in which a sourdough starter comes to life and asks you sassy questions about the last time you cut your hair. Stop by with a date for outdoor dining or pick up a slice from their counter after a sweaty run through the neighborhood. The margherita is required, but the clam pie and rotating flavor of soft serve are excellent add-ons.
When F&F opened in Carroll Gardens in late 2019, it only had three things on its menu: cheese, tomato, and square slices. But as of this summer, the Brooklyn pizza place has begun serving a game-changing sausage pie worthy of its $35 price tag. The sage and sausage pizza is a new take on the popular pasta dish at Frankies 457 Spuntino, which should be all you need to know to go and try it. But for the record, it involves crumbly, spicy sausage, and just the right amount of sage to brighten the flavor in every bite.
Glou is a wine bar in Prospect Lefferts Gardens that also happens to sell pizza on occasion. After pivoting to wine and groceries back in March, the owner has been sharing food specials on his Instagram, including plump pan pizzas topped with things like pepperoni, smoked mozzarella, and prosciutto. His elusive pies will take you back to a simpler time when crunchy, buttery crust and arcade tokens were all it took to put a smile on your face. But the toppings are much more elevated, making this wine bar turned slice shop one of the best places for pizza in the area.