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Native New Yorker... I know what's good around here
J&V has been around for more than 60 years in the Italian-American neighborhood of Bensonhurst. If it's been able to survive that long in Bensonhurst, you know they have to be doing something right. They have an excellent sicilian slice, and the plain slice is balanced well with stringy mozzarella, a thin layer of sauce and light, crispy crust. If you like white pies you would also do well to try a slice here
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This is my first recommendation, and rightfully so; as this place was one of the deciding factors as to which neighborhood in Brooklyn I was going to relocate to. Dave, the Owner, makes EVERYTHING from scratch!! He takes so much pride in the quality of ingredients put in to each of his creations. I have very serious reflux, so red sauce is a big "no-no" for me. Lucky me, about half of their pizzas are "red sauce free." Also, every pizza is named after a town in Brooklyn, which I thought was a pretty clever marketing idea. My personal favorite (besides the fig and Gorgonzola specialty pie, which has a limited release) is the Vinegar Hill: fresh & aged mozzarella, Gorgonzola, white potato, thyme, grape must syrup. Most personal pies range from $12-16 per; with additional toppings extra. Plus you won't want to try a slice without topping it with one of their three house-made "fiery condiments!"
I almost forgot the most important thing; their cocktails!! Amazing! All mixers and juices are fresh made in house (of course!). Besides an amazing list of cocktails, their wine and beer selections are hand selected and in rotation. The bonus, the whiskey selection! It takes up nearly the entire bar area. Definitely a bonus for whiskey fans.
Bad news is that they are closed on Mondays, and only open for dinner. Good news is that they just opened up their back patio last season; which opened up more seating for patrons, and they have a decent happy hour option as well.
Adalyn Van Witten
Dutch pastry chef studying in NYC
Adalyn Van Witten
Scouting lesser known pizza shops in brooklyn is a legit hobby for my friends and I so this will definitely be added to our list!
about 1 year ago
Queens native, freelance writer, food obsessed
So cool! Loved reading your review of them this sounds right up my alley!
Hopefully you ladies enjoy it as much as I.
Been working in the business for 15 years...love helping people find great places to eat or drink.
Been in this location for years, albeit it has been renovated. Pizza is great, but the real treat are the fried calzones.
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