The Colony pizza is a sweet and spicy combination of pepperoni, honey, pickled peppers and mozzarella. Photo: Brendan Spiegel
Has red-sauce-saturated Brooklyn had its fill of Neapolitan-style pizza places yet? Apparently not, as the thin-crust slingers just keep on coming. One new spot that’s worth a trip from anywhere in the borough is Emily, which opened in Clinton Hill last week. The narrow sliver of an eatery on Fulton Street is helmed by Matthew and Emily Hyland, a husband-and-wife team who were formerly co-owners at Brooklyn Central in Park Slope–one of the best Italian-style pizza places to open here in recent years, in my opinion.
More exciting to those of us addicted to topping our pizzas with crazy, there’s the Camp Randall pie. Those who recognize the name of the University of Wisconsin’s football stadium won’t be surprised to find cheese curds as the base for a sausage, pepperoni, and mushroom pie.
The Hylands have moved on to a place of their own, and have done a beautiful job rehabbing the former Wallace space, outfitting it with a new bar, stylish hardwood floors and and a subway-tile-lined open kitchen. Most importantly, they’ve put in a wood-burning oven and Matt has brought along several of his signature creations from Brooklyn Central, where he was in charge of pie-making. That includes the Colony, a sweet-and-spicy blend of pepperoni, honey, and pickled cherry peppers from Clinton Hill Pickles, all layered on a mozzarella and red sauce pie, and the Emily, a white pizza named for his wife and topped with a delicate combo of Taleggio cheese, truffle spread, honey and pistachios.
Winter Warmers s’mores, made with flavored marshmallows and handmade graham crackers, as well as unlimited toppings, aren’t the kind you’d find around a campfire. Photo: Winter Warmers
Two of Park Slope’s best spots to satisfy your sweet tooth–the stalwart Uncle Louis G’s Italian Ice and the more new-school People’s Pops–both recently closed for the season. But don’t dismay: Those looking for something sweet or savory on Union Street have two new, ultra-focused options this winter.
First up, the People’s Pops spot near 7th Avenue will return again next spring, but for now, it’s home to Winter Warmers, a pop-up shop dedicated to ice cream’s more weather-appropriate cousins: hot chocolate and s’mores. This being Park Slope, don’t expect to see boxes of Honey Maid lining the shelves. The crisp circles of graham cracker are homemade and come smothered with Brooklyn-born marshmallows in flavors like strawberry, coconut and pumpkin. The seasonal peppermint variety just debuted this week, and the $4 price tag buys you unlimited topping options from the jars of nuts, candies, etc. Combined with spicy dark hot chocolate, or even a coffee-chocolate option for the mornings, these s’mores will blow your childhood campfire treats out of the water. (more…)
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