Brooklyn is one of New York City’s five boroughs. It has its distinct style, history, and culture. The neighborhoods within Brooklyn are diverse and offer residents and visitors unique experiences. From the brownstones in Prospect Heights to the wonders of Coney Island, Brooklyn is a notable point of interest. A group of Dutch farmers founded Brooklyn, and now it is one of the most populous places in the country, with young professionals and new families finding their home in the borough.
New York is known for its pizza, and shops in Brooklyn take that charge seriously. We tried hundreds of pies to make sure that we listed only the best pizzerias in Brooklyn. From casual to upscale, from classic cheese to creative toppings, we have the ultimate list of Brooklyn’s fifteen best pizza restaurants.
261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Roberta’s is in the East Williamsburg community. Open at noon daily, the restaurant serves an all-day menu with various options, including wood-fired pizzas, in a relaxed atmosphere. It is a great place for families or groups.
I enjoyed the famous original pizza with tomato, mozzarella, parmigiano, caciocavallo, oregano, and chili when I visited. Other popular items include the White Guy pizza with mozzarella, ricotta, Parmigiano, and garlic or the Bee Sting with tomato, mozzarella, soppressata, basil, chili, and honey. Be sure to check out the wine menu and order a dessert–try the pecan pie!
L&B Spumoni Gardens
2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223
In 1917, Ludovico Barbati, the restaurant’s founder, moved to the United States from Torella Di Lombardi, Italy. By the mid-1930s, L&B Spumoni Gardens was serving pizza and pasta to the community, and in the 1950s, the restaurant expanded. Now, the restaurant is open from 11:00 am to 11:30 pm daily. The interior space has beautiful arches, which creates a space that feels like you are in Italy rather than Brooklyn.
My favorite dish was the World Famous L&B Sicilian Pie, but you can create other options by choosing toppings like mushrooms, sausage, pepperoni, or anchovies. I’d also recommend trying a pasta dish like the baked lasagne or the Eggplant Sicilian.
19 Old Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Located in the heart of the Fulton Ferry District, Juliana’s restaurant serves tasty pizza every day for lunch and dinner. Owner and pizza legend, Patsy Grimaldi, has created a warm and welcoming space for guests. The pizzas are cooked in a coal-fired oven, creating a unique and delicious crust.
I enjoyed the meatballs in tomato sauce for my appetizer, followed by a pizza with mushrooms and pepperoni. Guests can choose between a red sauce, a white pie, or a calzone, and add a variety of toppings like prosciutto, roasted peppers, or arugula. The “No.6” is a creative pie with grilled chicken, mozzarella, Monterey Jack, white cheddar, house-made guacamole, and cilantro.
781 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Barboncino Pizza is within walking distance of the Franklin Avenue-Medgar Evers College Train Station in the Crown Heights neighborhood. The restaurant is open between 11:00 am and 11:00 pm. The pizzeria is known for Neapolitan brick-oven pizzas and creative cocktails. Ron Browne is the chef and owner of the pizzeria and has a knack for serving dishes that keep you coming back for more.
Try the Artichoke and Smoked Pancetta white pizza or the Eggplant and Zucchini pie with red sauce. I also enjoyed the Cremini and Hot Fennel Sausage pizza. The Early Bird cocktail was incredible with earl gray infused vodka, honey, lemon, and pear purée. I would also recommend the Hot Fuzz.
Paulie Gee’s is open on Greenpoint Avenue and Franklin Street in Brooklyn. The restaurant has a number of vegan options but does not yet have any gluten-free pizza options. You can follow Paulie Gee’s on social media for the most up-to-date menu and dining information.
My favorite pizza was the Ricky Ricotta with tomatoes, sweet Italian fennel sausage, Pecorino Romano, fresh ricotta, baby arugula, and extra virgin olive oil. Another menu favorite is the Better Off Veg with sharp provolone, sautéed broccoli rabe, and sliced hot cherry peppers. There are also a dozen specifically vegan pies for guests to choose from!
216 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Joe’s Pizza is a corner spot in Williamsburg, serving pizzas beginning at 10:30 am daily. Joe Pozzuoli is originally from Naples, Italy, so when he moved to Brooklyn, he used the same pizza preparation methods he had learned as a boy. Joe is now seventy-five years old and still running the restaurant.
People flock to Joe’s for his classic cheese pizza. It is a New York sensation and a perfect slice. You can choose to add a variety of classic toppings like mushrooms, olives, anchovies, garlic, pepperoni, or sausage.
691 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Giuseppina’s opens at 5:00 pm daily and serves incredible thin-crust pizzas from their corner location near Prospect Park. The restaurant offers dine-in, takeout, and delivery. The interior is cozy with lots of exposed brick and a stack of firewood under the bar. From the decor to the pies, Giuseppina’s feels rustic and authentic.
When I visited, I enjoyed the Everything Pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, onions, olives, shallots, bell peppers, hot peppers, portobello mushrooms, fresh garlic, and basil. You can also create your own pizza by selecting various toppings. I would recommend trying the Nutella calzone for dessert!
575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Lucali is open in the Carroll Gardens community and serves thin-crust pizza. The pizzeria is open for dinner but closed on Tuesday nights. Mark Iacono opened Lucali with the sincere belief that Brooklyn could produce New York’s best pizza. From celebrities to local families, everyone has their favorite slice at Lucali.
Try the pizza with sweet peppers and mushrooms. You can create a pie or a calzone and add options like hot peppers, pepperoni, or onions. The restaurant allows you to bring your own beverage to pair with your pizza. It is a great place for a fun and exciting dinner.
376 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Speedy Romeo serves classic Italian cuisine and wood-fired pizzas in the Clinton Hill neighborhood. The building that now houses Speedy Romeo was first a bar, then a liquor store, then an auto body repair shop, before finally becoming a pizzeria after its modern facelift. The restaurant’s name is shared with a prized racehorse, whose picture hangs on the wall.
My favorite dish was the Truffle Shuffle pizza with Tomato, Soppressata, and Truffle Ranch. Try the White Album pizza with bèchamel, roasted garlic, mozzarella, and ricotta. If you are not in the mood for pizza, then I’d recommend the Kansas City hot wings and the stuffed peppers.
364 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Emily Squared is in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and serves Detroit-style square pizzas, Italian sandwiches, and a signature burger in a hip setting. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily. Emily and Matthew Hyland are the owners and chefs of a chain of pizzerias that express their love of pizza and dedication to serving the best pies in the city.
I enjoyed the Hangover pizza with caramelized onions, sausage, bacon, smoked gouda, fried egg, green onion, and ranch. Another delicious pizza is the Big Ang with house-made vodka sauce, ricotta, double pecorino, meatball, and banana peppers. Also, try the signature Le Big Matt double-stacked burger!
Di Fara Pizza
1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230
A classic takeout and delivery spot, Di Fara Pizza offers slices to the Midwood neighborhood. Be prepared to line up outside the pizzeria for your chance to grab a slice at this popular community favorite. Domenico De Marco opened the spot in 1956 and is still making pizzas today at age eighty-two!
You can order a regular or square slice at the window, but also whole pies to go. I enjoyed the square pie with prosciutto, wild onions, and sundried roasted peppers. Customers can choose their toppings from classic and premium options – the most popular ones include pepperoni, black olives, and meatballs.
919 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Located across from the Fulton Street train station, Emily is another creation by Emily and Matthew Hyland to express their deep love of pizza. Reservations can be made online. The vibe is high-end, and the eatery serves wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, rustic small plates, and kinds of pasta.
I most enjoyed the sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, pickled chili, and honey. Other favorites include the Modern with double sauce, herbs, garlic, double pecorino, onion, basil, Szechuan oil, and the Brender with vodka sauce, garlic, mozzarella, banana pepper, and pepperoni. Don’t skip the carnitas tacos, certainly the menu outlier, but delicious.
33 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Frank Pinello opened Best Pizza in 2010 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in a building that was once a bakery.
Best Pizza prepares pies in a wood-burning oven, something the chef learned from his Bensonhurst roots and Sicilian heritage. Frank aimed to create a neighborhood joint with the best slices around. The pizzeria opens at noon daily.
When I visited Best Pizza, I tried the mushroom and caramelized onion pie, and it was amazing. The shop also offers gluten-free crust pizzas. Pizzas are customizable with topping options like kale, pepperoni, meatball, sausage, bacon, and seasonal vegetables.
433 Halsey St, Brooklyn, NY 11233
Saraghina Bakery is open in the Stuyvesant Heights community. The bakery is open from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm daily. The kitchen makes bread making a work of art using only traditional ingredients and techniques like mixing flour, water, and salt and working with ancient and whole grains through a slow fermentation process to create the perfect pizza dough.
I enjoyed the Prosciutto and Fungi pizza with Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Parma Cotto Ham, Roasted Mushrooms, and Basil. Another delicious pizza is the Capocollo with Tomato Sauce, Hot Coppa, Mozzarella, and Basil. Be sure to grab a chocolate chip cookie before leaving!
Table 87 has multiple locations in Brooklyn, from Park Slope to Sunset Park. The first iteration opened in 2012 in Brooklyn Heights, and the pizzeria has become a well-known local favorite. Notably, from anywhere in the country, you can have a frozen pizza shipped to you from Table 87 and experience a New York pie from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest!
My favorite was the house-made Sausage and Peppers Pizza. I’ve also had the chance to try and thoroughly enjoy the Prosciutto and Baby Arugula Pizza. Other popular menu items include the Burrata Margherita, the Tommy’s Meatballs Calzone, and the Table 87 Short Rib Beef Burger.
Brooklyn is a large borough with many eclectic neighborhoods drawing in new and younger residents. The culinary scene is shifting to fit this new community, and the pizzerias in Brooklyn have risen to the task.
From classic corner slice shops that have been open for decades to new chefs opening high-end pizza-focused restaurants, Brooklyn is a hotspot for tasty pizza.
For more great places to eat in Brooklyn, check out these spots downtown that you’re going to love for brunch.
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