Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint: Pizza for the Uber Hip

A friend and I went on a day trip to Williamsburg and Greenpoint in search of some culture. As she is a recent transplant to New Haven from this area of Brooklyn, we decided checkout out some of her old neighborhood haunts, including Paulie Gee’s.

Paulie Gee Greenpoint
Dining in the dark

We arrived at 5:30 on a Sunday and got what looked to be the last remaining table. I say “looked to be” because to be honest the place is so dimly lit you can hardly see. Other than this, the decor was predictably trendy and it looked to be an old industrial space, even though my friend noted the restaurant there before had none of those details.

All pizzas are served individual style. I ordered the Daniela Spinachi: shaved parmigiano reggiano, mozzarella, spinach, olive oil, and garlic. It took a while to arrive, although the waitstaff was kind enough to keep us updated. I was so hungry even a Red Baron frozen pizza would have tasted good by the time it came.

Paulie Gee's pizza
I ate way too much and enjoyed every bite

The pizza was a wondrous creation. Served on a baking sheet, the outer crust was kind of fluffy while the interior was ultra thin. My only complaint is that the outer crust seemed a little too doughy. The ingredients were super fresh and when I was done gobbling it down I still wanted more.

Luckily my friend didn’t want all of her pizza, so I pigged out and took the remains. This was an extra special situation, because there had been meat on her pizza. I usually never, ever will eat something that has had meat on it but the pizza was so delicious I had to make an exception.

 

Red Baron Classic Crust 4 Cheese Pizza

Red Baron boxThe other day I was thinking about an ex-boyfriend who really liked Red Baron pizza, and we ate a lot of it. At the time I thought it was best of the frozen pizza choices available at our supermarket in Denver. I hadn’t had it in quite some time, so it seemed like a perfect fit for a review.

I never really thought too much about the name in the past, but lately I’ve wondered… what is the rationale for the reference to a World War II German flying ace? The website will surely tell the story, I thought. It turns out I thought wrong… there was no explanation.

Red Baron 4 Cheese
Not as appealing as I remembered.

Taking the pizza out of the oven, I was disappointed. This was not what I remembered. It looked more like pizza that might be served in an elementary school cafeteria. My first bite reminded me of a saying from an old Simpson’s episode in which Marge proudly proclaims, “The secret ingredient is salt!”.

As there are many varieties of Red Baron pizza, I’m wondering if this was a different one than I liked in the past. Or maybe Denver was so lacking in good pizza options that I was a bit delusional.

Sally’s: Perfection

This was the best pizza I’ve had since the inception of this blog.

My friend, a secretive government agent who would not appreciate being named, said it best:

Excellent chewy crust. Neither round nor square. White clam pizza was delicious. The old fashioned decor and the long rich history make it feel a privilege to eat here.

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Sally’s white clam pizza
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It’s kind of a dump, but reeks history.