PIZZA & PIDE
The perfect crispy, chewy, fluffy crust
#27 North of Brooklyn
Pizza, pho and burgers are all such ubiquitous menu staples that it's hard to justify picking one for a list — especially in a town with plenty of outstanding pizza: Pizzeria Libretto, Queen Margherita Pizza, Maker Pizza. We even have a flawless Neapolitan place down the street from our home, Via Mercanti. And yet, if I had to choose one pizzeria, it would be North of Brooklyn. Even with its stupid name (it sounds like someone Harvard bragging by saying they went to school “near” Boston), sesame crust and calling pizza “za” on Instagram, North of Brooklyn really does make the best pizza. The even coat of sauce, dispersal of toppings and a crust with perfect balance of crispy, fluffy and chewy makes it just a little more craveable than its competitors. 650.5 Queen St. W., plus 3 other locations
#37 Mustafa Turkish Pizza
Yes, the interior is decorated with a fake rock wall and ceiling. It’s more reminiscent of the classic Star Trek episode “Devil in the Dark” than an actual cave. But the main attraction is the pide (a.k.a. Turkish pizza), crispbottomed oval flatbreads presented with a variety of topping combinations: ground beef and onions, lamb and mozzarella, sausage and eggs, spinach and feta, pastrami. Also get an order of iskender, slow-cooked thinly sliced lamb, covered in tomato sauce and served with yogurt and thick wedges of bread. Although you won’t have room for dessert, the kitchen’s fresh sarma, kadayif and kunefe (all combinations of pistachio, butter, sugar and phyllo pastry) are outstanding.
We’re gonna eat-za all the pepperoni piz-za