Some people like to compare Paulie Gee’s to Roberta, the über-hype Bushwick pizza joint. But Paulie Gee’s belongs to this kind of restaurants of my notebook that I like to keep for me, and I’d never give it to my friends in Williamsburg! Despite the remote location, some come from far away to share a bite of delicious Neapolitan-style pies. There is no reservation, everyone will have to wait. The restaurant, a mix of hispterish Williamsburg style and traditional Italian pizzeria, is decked in wood from floor to ceiling. It opens up to a backspace where you’ll find the wood-fired oven.
Gates of Eden. Aragula, gorgonzola cheese and caramelized nuts ($10). You’ll find a few salads on the menu but this one was really tempting and helped us waiting for the pizza. I’m not a big fan of gorgonzola but this one was not too strong. Some generous chunks of pear added some freshness.
Then came the amazing pizza. We opted for the King Harry Classic ($17): tomato, fior di latte, Pecorino Romano, basilico and Prosciutto. The dough is well-cooked, flattered with burnt blisters. To be honest, it was a bit too much for me. But the quality was stunning and the slices vanished one after another. Top quality products and great pizza artists are definetely a good combo.
Desserts are mouth-watering. Let’s finish up with some comfort food sweet, Paulie Gee’s version of the sundae sounded perfect. Vanilla ice-cream and candied walnuts, with spicy honey drizzled on top ($7). The ice cream came from Van Leeuwen, New-York rising star gelato maestro which started on wheels.
We loved the charming vibe and the great staff, not just hipsters behind a pizza oven. Paulie passed by at every table to greet customers and had a kind word for everyone and his mother.
Paulie Gee’s is open for diner every day, except on Monday.
More info on the menu and the opening hours here.
60 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222