If you're gonna play with the big boys, you better bring your A-game. And I can say that of Ignazio's, the new Brooklyn pizzeria that just opened around the corner from the legendary Grimaldi's. That's pretty ballsy in my book, so while spending a Saturday afternoon in Dumbo, I figured I'd get court-side seats to the action!
Though nothing will ever top Grimaldi's- or my favorite BK pizzeria, Spumoni Gardens, for that matter- I'll give Ignazio's seven slices out of eight. My friends and I ordered a large Sicilian pie (my favorite!), and though it took awhile for us to get our pie, it was so worth the wait. A piping hot pie made my favorite way- with a light layer of fresh mozzarella on top of the dough, then covered with tomato sauce and basil. Ignazio's made their Sicilian with enough sliced mozzarella to make it gooey, and their sauce was sweet, but not overly sweet. Instead of being baked with basil leaves, the pie is topped with basil just before it is served- no wilted leaves, the basil just pops with the sweet sauce. And quite possibly the most important test of a good pie, the crust was wonderfully crisp, even in the last-to-be-devoured center slices of the pie.
I've seen mixed reviews on this place, but my experience was heaven-sent. If the line at Grimaldi's gets too long, you won't be missing out on much if you go to Ignazio's. The A-game pizza's been served- game on!
Ignazio's, 4 Water Street, Brooklyn- 718-522-2100