Growing up, Friday night in my family's household was dubbed "pizza night." "Pizza night" didn't mean calling up the local pizza joint and ordering an entire pie for the family to share. No, no -- my mother, who happens to be half Italian, would whip up several personalized pizzas for each and every family member (and visiting friend) herself. From the dough-making to the rolling, to the cheese-grating, to the oven-baking; she did it all. And let me tell you: her pizza is the best.
Being raised on such excellent homemade pizza made me become a complete and utter pizza snob. I'm very picky about pizza and unfortunately, seldom impressed. This pizza snobbery has put me on a permanent hunt for a good ol' pizza pie outside of my mother's kitchen.
I'm happy to say that after many fails, I've finally found an excellent restaurant specializing in pizza in NYC. Consider B Side Pizza and Wine Bar "pizza snob approved."
During our first visit to B Side, we discovered the best pizza we've consumed in NYC to date. To sum it up: the Carbonara pizza (fontina, mozzarella, pancetta, panna, parmesan, black pepper, egg) is what pizza dreams are made of. The egg was set smack in the middle of the pizza and was cut in such a way that when you took a slice from the edge, the egg remained untouched and perfect for dipping. Basically, there wasn't a crumb left of that thing. Are you drooling yet?! *
|Pictured: Don Ho pizza ($17)|
The Don Ho pizza (pictured above) is one of the most unique pizzas I have had the pleasure of consuming. It was topped with tomato, roasted pineapple, smoked ham, burrata and pickled fresno chilies; making it both spicy and sweet. A warning to the spice-sensitive though: this pizza has a good kick to it, so if you decide to order it make sure you've got a full glass of ice water on hand.
Usually, I'm a bit scared of brussels sprouts due to their reputation, but B Side made me think otherwise. The Roasted Brussels Sprouts (pictured below) come topped with honey, lemon, egg, pancetta, bacon, parmesan, and chilies. If you're a brussels sprouts skeptic as I used to be, I recommend giving B Side's a go -- you may just change your opinion about the ever-hated-on veggie.
During our next visit (which was admittedly the same day as our second visit -- no shame!), we had The Muscles From pizza. After such a positive experience with the Roasted Brussels Sprouts, we decided to go all out and basically get a brussels sprouts pizza aka The Muscles From (pictured below).
The Muscles From is like a hybrid of the Carbonara pizza and the Roasted Brussel Sprouts dish. It was cut the same way as the Carbonara (egg in the middle, slices separate) and was evidently covered in brussels sprouts and pancetta, just like the Roasted Brussels Sprouts. While the Muscles From wasn't my favourite pizza from B Side, it was certainly a unique experience and worth a try, especially if you're a brussels sprouts fan.
|Pictured: The Muscles From pizza ($15)|
Overall, B Side is a great place to go if you're looking for a reasonably priced, foodgasm-inducing pizza pie in NYC. As previously mentioned, it is "pizza snob approved" -- I highly recommend it and will certainly be returning for a fourth visit (and many after) very soon.
THE LOW DOWN
RESTAURANT: B SIDE PIZZA & WINE BAR
ADDRESS: 370 W 51ST ST
(BETWEEN 9TH AVENUE & 8TH AVENUE)
GO FOR: GOURMET, MIND-BLOWING PIZZA; BRUSSELS SPROUTS THAT DON'T
LOOK OR TASTE SCARY (I PROMISE, GUYS)
RO'S TOP PICKS: CARBONARA PIZZA, ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS
*Note: Our first visit was at night and hence I wasn't able to get a good shot of the Carbonara pizza. I promise to update this post soon with a drool-inducing mug shot of the wonderful pizza in question.