Located in the heart of Brooklyn, Fort Greene is one of Brooklyn’s most culturally diverse, family-friendly neighborhoods. Fort Greene Park lies at the center of the neighborhood and is the pride and joy of the community.
Its residential blocks boast impressive brownstones, row houses and large old trees that create leafy tunnels over the streets. New Yorkers from all the boroughs flock to Fort Greene’s massive weekend flea market, simply known as Brooklyn Flea.
Between playdates at the park and meandering through flea markets, you can find a wealth of restaurants to enjoy a relaxing, family-friendly meal at one of Fort Greene’s many cafes, bistros, and slice shops.
I spent my most recent trip to Fort Greene eating my way through its many delicious pizzerias. Pizza restaurants in Fort Greene are a perfect example of its diversity and community pride.
I’ve compiled a list of restaurants with the best pizza in Fort Greene for you to enjoy a slice on the go or a formal family-style Italian dinner. Read on to find your new favorite pizza spot in this cozy gem of a neighborhood.
- Not Ray’s Pizza
- Mario’s Pizzeria
- Brooklyn’s Homeslice Pizza
- Forno Rosso
- Loreto Kitchen & Bar
- Patsy’s Pizzeria
- Forcella Fried Pizza
232 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Located in the Clinton Hill neighborhood, Graziella’s is an authentic traditional Italian eatery that serves simple and authentic Italian pasta, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, antipasti, and more.
Owners Vito Randazzo and his father-in-law Louis Devivo named Graziella’s after Vito’s Sicilian mother, whose recipes create many of their menu items.
Graziella’s is a beautiful dining space in an old Brooklyn garage with a rooftop terrace to catch stellar urban skyline views. Their pizzas are baked to bubbly perfection in a brick, wood-fired oven, using fresh imported cheese. I loved the Pizza Vito, a Margherita pizza with ground sausage, mushrooms, and caramelized onions.
694 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Not Ray’s Pizza is an unassuming storefront pizzeria and slice shop, serving some of Brooklyn’s best New York-style pizza.
Located a block from Fort Green’s famous Barclay Center, Not Ray’s has a giant pizza counter separating the open kitchen from the cozy dining room. It’s a great spot to pick up a fresh slice, order delivery, or have a casual meal before catching a sporting event.
They’re famous for their reasonable yet delicious giant slices of cheese and Margherita pizza, but they have a wide array of slices for meat and veggie lovers as well. They serve both New York-style thin crust as well as hearty Grandma pies, a Sicilian square pie baked in a deep-dish pan. I loved the thick Grandma pie with pesto.
224 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Located along Fort Green’s main Dekalb Avenue between Albert J. Parham and Edmonds Playgrounds, Mario’s Pizzeria is a local neighborhood slice shop and pasta restaurant that’s a perfect place to grab an impromptu slice on a lazy afternoon.
Their slices are cheap, enormous, and the soft yet crispy crust passes the “fold test” with flying colors, which is crucial if you’re a New Yorker.
Along with great pizza, they also make a variety of hearty pasta dishes, giant calzones and strombolis, hero sandwiches, and more. Whether you want a New York-style slice or a Sicilian, they’ve perfected the dough for both styles. They also make a wonderful chicken parmigiana hero.
567 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Teetering between Fort Greene and Prospect Heights, Brooklyn’s Homeslice Pizza is a casual neighborhood New York-style pizzeria in a quaint, old-school Brooklyn locale.
They’ve preserved the old-school vibe while adding hipster appeal with an industrial-chic design of exposed brick walls and a cool slice counter with large chalkboards hanging over the display case with the day’s specials.
Their giant New York-style slices are great, but they have the best Sicilian pies in town. They use imported Italian ingredients like olive oil and San Marzano tomato sauce to create this garlicky, olive oil-soaked deep-dish crust that they top with fresh mozzarella and chunky red sauce. It really needs no toppings at all.
327 Gold St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Forno Rosso is an authentic, upscale Neapolitan kitchen and cocktail bar in Downtown Brooklyn run by Brooklyn native and Chef Gualtiero.
His travels up and down the Amalfi coast and through Naples have informed his highly authentic menu. Forno Rosso uses a brick wood-fired oven to recreate the pizzas he enjoyed during his trips to Naples.
Not only is the pizza outstanding, but the craft cocktails are also incredible, and you can enjoy them at discounted prices during their daily 4-6 Happy Hour and extended 12-6 happy hour on Wednesdays. I highly recommend ordering a pizza as a shareable plate so you can also sample their house-made pasta and decadent entrees.
280 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Located a block from the famous Fort Greene Park, Loreto Kitchen & Bar is a hip, high-end Neapolitan bistro and wine bar in a beautiful nature-inspired wooden space.
Executive Chef Pietro Aletto began working in his family’s Italian bakery in Brooklyn at 15, being the youngest graduate of the prestigious International Culinary Center before going on to work under an impressive list of New York’s celebrity chefs.
Chef Pietro’s experience shines in this debut restaurant, where his refined takes on family recipes have earned Loreto accolades in noteworthy culinary publications. The pizza at Loreto is wood-fired Neapolitan pizza with a large, perfectly bubbled, and charred crust and fresh, bright toppings. I loved the Diavola Pizza with tomatoes, hot salami, and mozzarella.
171 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Olea is a Mediterranean Taverna and tapas bar in the heart of Fort Greene that has won the hearts of surrounding residents since its opening in 2005.
Its cozy, charming atmosphere and delicious, authentic plates from Spain, Italy, Greece, and the Middle East have earned Olea praise from the NY Eater, Thrillest, and the New York Times.
While most of their Italian dishes feature fresh pasta, their unique pizza creation incorporates Spanish ingredients like quince paste, Manchego cheese, chili, and garlic chips. Their many variations of paella were especially delicious, and despite the Mediterranean’s dairy and seafood-centric cuisine, there are plenty of vegan options.
450 Dean St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Patsy’s is a New York pizza institution and one of the US’s oldest pizzerias, opening its flagship location in 1933 in NYC by married couple Patsy and Carmella Lancieri.
Today, you can find Patsy’s in a beautiful, old-timey dining room in Park Slope with a large outdoor covered patio to enjoy an iconic slice of New York history.
Patsy’s menu features age-old authentic Italian classics like fresh meatballs, fried calamari, and fresh pasta. Patsy’s pizzas are the first takes on what we now know as classic New York-style pizza, with thin crusts, baked in a coal-fired oven. I loved the Capricciosa with prosciutto, portobello mushrooms, kalamata olives, and mozzarella.
445 Albee Square W, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Calling all crust lovers! Forcella Fried Pizza delivers the best, most unique crust in town, which they deep fry to a light and fluffy crisp without any residual grease.
Surprisingly, fried pizza is a Neapolitan tradition, so Forcella’s pizzas are both traditional and unique. Located in Downtown Brooklyn in the bustling Dekalb Market Hall, Forcella’s fried pizza is great for dine-in and maintains its cloudy crispiness for take-out and delivery as well.
I loved the Nduja pizza with mozzarella, spicy Nduja salami, jalapeno, and hot honey. Try the Parmigiana with mozzarella, eggplant, basil pesto, ricotta, and parmesan if you’re a white pizza fan.
919 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Emily is a New York-style pizzeria in the Clinton Hill neighborhood. It is owned and operated by a married couple, Emily and Matthew Hyland, whose first-date pizza meal bonded them and initiated their passion for pizza making. Emily has won widespread acclaim in nearly every New York culinary publication.
There are three types of pizza at Emily: red, white, and pink (vodka sauce). Not only are there pizzas, but Emily has a full taco menu, too.
Tacos and pizza…what more could you possibly need? I loved all the gourmet specialty pizzas, especially the white Apple of My Eye pizza with pecorino, mozzarella, bacon, Honey Crisp apples, jalapeno, honey, and basil.
Fort Greene’s pizzerias span the spectrum from fine dining Italian bistros to neighborhood slice shops, and they all serve amazing pizza. Whether you want authentic Neapolitan or authentic New York, you’ll find the best pizza in Fort Greene at all the wonderful restaurants on my list.
Pizza is only the tip of the culinary iceberg in Fort Greene, so if you’re looking for a diversity of cuisines, check out my list of other incredible restaurants in the area.
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