Roberta's Pizza

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Details
261 Moore St (at Bogart St)
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 417-1118
Pizza
$ $
Hours
Mon–Fri: 11:00 AM–Midnight Sat–Sun: 10:00 AM–Midnight

With all the development and gentrification along the L line in Brooklyn that has happened since Roberta’s opened in January 2008, the great Brooklyn vs. Manhattan restaurant debate seems quaint, and it’s almost difficult to remember there was once a time when this great pizza joint was considered a trek.

OK, so Bushwick may not be on the average New Yorker’s rotation, and the pizzeria’s owners have been in the news as part of a few legal disputes, but at this point, if not part of the city’s pizza old guard, Roberta’s is without question a member of New York’s pizza icons, one that has inspired other great pizzerias, among them another one on this list, Paulie Gee’s (No. 21).

The appellations of Carlo Mirarchi’s pizzas have ranged from echoing schoolyard slang to literary references and clever puns. No matter whether you choose the Cheesus Christ (mozzarella, Taleggio, Parmigiano-Reggiano, black pepper, and cream), the Scrivener (buttery Melville cheese — Herman Melville, after all, wrote "Bartleby, the Scrivener" — along with chevrotin, spinach, double garlic, and Calabrian chiles), the classic Margherita (tomato, mozzarella, and basil), or the Famous Original (tomato, mozzarella, caciocavallo, oregano, and chiles), you’re guaranteed a chewy cornicione and an exemplary neo-Neapolitan pie.

Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Pizzas in America 2015, 8/6/2015

 

 

Foursquare Tips

  • Here's what happens when hipster chefs get it right. Market-driven goodness and go-to pizzas. Check out the Heritage Radio Network, which broadcasts from the dining room on Sundays. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Girls happened here. Marnie and Charlie got brunch and decided to make things work in the Season 2 finale here.
  • Pizzas are nicely singed. Also good: arugula with bresaola, pickled pigs tongue, mackerel with lemon jelly, wood-roasted chicken, wood-roasted Berkshire pork chop.
  • The Millennium Falco pizza is the bomb.
  • Recommended: Pizzas; purslane salad; fairy tale eggplant salad; cuttlefish; octopus; carpaccio; agnolotti with cheese; trofie with razor clams; lamb breast; pork chops; steak; chefs tasting menus.
  • The rooftop garden of this funky spot produces tomatoes, brussels sprouts, peppers, carrots, and heirloom lettucemuch of which finds its way onto brick-oven pizzas and other Italian-inspired dishes.
  • The minimalist cheeseburger creation at this Bushwick game changer is only served at lunch Monday through Friday. But if youre up for the daytime slog, youll be rewarded: A steal at $16. (CP)
  • Last time my parents were here I took them to Robertas for Brunch. It is a great place to go on the weekend and enjoy the delicious pizzas! Especially the spicy and sweet Bee Sting.
  • The atmosphere alone here is great, but the pizza is killer, too. My favorite is the Cortes, but just go with whatever calls to you. And the nonpizza food options are insanely delicious.
  • Going to Roberta's is practically like a rite of passage into being a Brooklynite.
  • Everything is perfect. Every. Single. Thing.
  • Get everything, it is all good.
  • Order the Bee Sting! Thin crust with mozzarella and tomato sauce topped with spicy soppressata, chili flakes, & HONEY! It's absolutely delicious. Keep in mind, it's not on the menu so remember to ask!
  • Visit their mobile oven in Madison Square Park. The gooey, elastic cheese stretching from the oven-fresh Neapolitan slice with have you begging for more!
  • Hope you have a smartphone, because you're going to want to Google half the menu.
  • Taste the pizzzzaaaaas.
  • Order the cheesus christ with honey... amaze-balls!
  • Roberta's takeaway spot now offers bagels, parfaits, pastrami sandwiches, and croissant-style garlic knots!
  • Using Neapolitan-style pizza a starting point, the Roberta's pizzaioli top their pies with exceptional homemade mozzarella, house-cured meats, and locally-grown vegetables.
  • So... Everything is good. That's my helpful tip.