Friday, August 22, 2014

Juliana's Pizza and Brooklyn Bridge

I am so lucky to live in a city where there is such an abundance of good pizza. Seriously, there are so many options, and it helps that they're spread out all over the city and outer boroughs, ensuring that wherever you are, good pizza is close by.

Last weekend I decided it was time to try Juliana's Pizza in Dumbo, and so we made the walk over the Brooklyn bridge in the late afternoon, hoping there would be less tourists at that time. I've since learned that there really is no time of day (except before before dawn?) that the bridge is not filled with crowds. Patience is required, as there's only a narrow pedestrian lane, and every so often instead of getting close to the utmost side of the bridge for picture taking, people just stop abruptly wherever they are.

Walking on the Brooklyn bridge (and standing on the very edge of the walkway to not bother others behind)

Juliana's Pizza, started by Patsy and Carol Grimaldi, the original founders of Grimaldi's Pizzeria (they sold the business more than a decade ago). The couple named the pizzeria after Patsy's mother Juliana, and Patsy still works at the restaurant. He managed the line (around 10 people deep at around 6:30pm on Sunday), and was also seen taking orders. The menu actually states that he is willing to take pictures with people if they would like.

The line for the restroom is next to the pizza making area and the coal oven. This is the pizza we ordered. Juliana's serves traditional New York pizza-- thin, and very light on the tomato sauce. (This particular pie has no sauce at all).

The No. 1, housemade mozzarella, scamorza affumicata, pancetta, scallions, white truffles in olive oil, (large) $30
We decided on this one because apparently it's Patsy's favorite. And how could one ever resist a pizza with truffles? And pancetta? It turned out better than I imagined. The stronger smoky mozzarella was a nice flavor every few bites, and because there was also regular mozzarella, the cheese didn't overpower all other flavors. This essentially tasted like a Chinese spring onion pancake (蔥油餅) but even better because of the pancetta and cheese! Scallions on pizza should really be a more common thing; they add so much oomph to a pie.

Hank's root beer
Root beer is my absolute favorite drink pairing with pizza.

View from the walk back to Manhattan via the Brooklyn bridge

19 Old Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(212) 718-596-6700

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