Park Slope has quite the pizzaiolo on their hands - Robert Patriarca opened Brooklyn Central in October 2012, where he fuses "Old World" and "New World" dishes. With a focus on Neapolitan pizza, "Old World" refers to the buffalo mozzarella imported from Italy with conventional toppings, while "New World" pizza incorporate fresh mozzarella made in Brooklyn. The pizzeria sources many of their ingredients locally, and by local we mean right down the street. Since Neapolitan pizzas seem to be on trend in New York City, it can be very difficult to know where to go to get a great slice. Even for Manhattanites, a trek to Brooklyn is worth a slice here.
They have delicious Old World options like The DOC (sauce, mozzarella di bufala, basil), Napoli (sauce, mozzarella di bufala, anchovies, oregano, basil), and Amatriciana (sauce, mozzarella di bufala, basil, onions, bacon, Parmesan), as well as inventive slices on their New World menu, which are named after Brooklyn neighborhoods. Standouts include Coney Island (mozzarella, taleggio, pistachios, truffle spread, honey) and Bushwick (meatballs, sauce, ricotta, pickled chilies). All of the pizzas range in price from $11-$18.
But if you think you're coming just for the pizza, think again. Consulting mixologist Jake Read-Harber has concocted a stellar cocktail menu that really compliments Patriarca's dishes and are priced at $12 each. A really refreshing drink to try, that is reminiscent of lemonade, is Brooklyn's Finest, which is made with Bootlegger Vodka, white pepper, lavender, ginger syrup, lemon, and lime. One of our favorite cocktails is Life is Beautiful, which is comprised of sparkling catarratto, guava nectar, Campari, lemon, and mint. If you want to add a little kick to your meal, we suggest The Seven Year Itch, which uses Milagro Tequila, peach nectar, Brooklyn Hemispherical Rhubarb Bitters, cayenne pepper, lime and lemon zest. Think of it as a twist on the classic margarita. And if you're really looking for something different in your cup, try La Dolce Vita, made with Alexander Grappa, Boylan's black cherry soda, Pok Pok Som Pomegranate vinegar, Angostura Bitters, and lime. These are just a few of the delicious options from their cocktail menu and they don't disappoint—either in the flavor or booze department. When pizza and cocktails are combined, you really can't go wrong!
Brooklyn Central is located at 289 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. 347-725-4891