After walking around the park and the warehouse area of Williamsburg, I was craving a real slice of Brooklyn Pizza. I used to live in Brooklyn a couple of years ago and have missed the pizza ever since. So, it seemed fitting that I stop in the Italian pizzeria of Vinnie’s on Bedford near North 10th Street. Upon walking in, I felt as if I was in a pizzeria you would see in mobster movies; pictures of Italy on one wall and pictures of famous Italian’s on the other and everyone knew everyone. I overheard a conversation with a guy who was just visiting the neighborhood for the first time in 10 years and the guy behind the counter recognized him right away. They spoke as if they hadn’t seen each other in a bout week, not a decade. The pizzeria is run by three people; the two young owners and their seasoned artist of the dough (an Italian native who has been here for 13 years or so). I figured that since I was starving the line was long, I would go with the Pepperoni slice and a Sicilian slice. And all I have to say is…Wow! At about $4.50 for the both, I was blown away. Now most people believe that their pizzeria is the best, but Brooklyn has some of the best because of the water that goes into the dough, and that is undisputed. This place, although it might not be the best by Brooklyn standards, it was amazing.
There are plenty of different pizzerias on Bedford, but this one is amazing and totally worth it, so stop in for the ATM and stay for the pizza (as the sign on the ATM so proudly displays). You won’t regret it.
Queens, New York
July 22, 2007
From journal Bedford Avenue