NYC's Best Pizza Slices
by Adam Kuban, 02/08/2012
Photo: Adam Kuban
33 Havemeyer St., 718-599-2210, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
The current pizza trend in New York City is the mania for wood-fired pies. That usually means Neapolitan-style pizza, served whole-pie-only and in a sit-down context. But our guide focuses on slices, and Best Pizza offers some of the only wood-fired, by-the-slice pizza in the City. Best marries old-school Brooklyn pizza with serious cooking chops. The head pizza man there, Frank Pinello, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and his new-school approach can be seen (and tasted) on the joint's white slice—"white" because it forgoes tomato sauce. Instead, it's topped with fresh ricotta and a judicious amount of caramelized onion. Along the crust, a dusting of sesame seeds lends an oven-toasted nuttiness that complements the sweetness of the onions. This is a white slice for people who normally don't go for this style.