The first time I heard about Brooklyn Pizza was through a friend. I was craving for New York style pizza. My friend then asked me, "Haven't you tried Brooklyn?" I said no. He knew the delivery number and immediately dialed it. He did the ordering and after 30 minutes, the pizza man was at our door. That was the first time I had a superb white cheese pizza aside from Sbarro's.
Since then, Brooklyn has been a favorite in my pizza delivery list. I found their pies more flavorful and less greasy than several of the New York Style pizzas out there. Recently, I visited their branch in Ortigas, at the City Golf Arcade along Julia Vargas Avenue. It was my first time to dine in their place, and I was quite surprised at my experience. The place was small but cozy. They even served complimentary garlic bread.
We were having our first real meal of the day, so we ordered Buffalo Wings to start. The wings were spicy, and the tangy flavor was not too strong. It didn't need the sour cream dip that is usually served alongside it. You'll know a good dish if it can stand alone naked. And it did.
We ordered two Junior New Yorker size pizzas (medium sized with 8 slices). The first one was my regular order, the White Cheese Pizza (mozzarella, parmesan and ricotta cheese, P430 for junior). It never failed to satisfy my white cheese craving and I was glad that it was still the same after all these years. You could savor the mozzarella which was distinct in flavor.
The other one was a fully loaded pie, the Deluxe (lots of meat and vegetable toppings, P520 for junior). Well, Filipinos love lots of topping on their pizza, so this was a certified best seller. There was the usual stuff found in most loaded pizzas. I love that they put a lot of olives on the pie.
Finally, I had my first pasta in Brooklyn, the Spaghetti and Meatballs Pasta, which surprisingly was for FREE, when you order a junior size New Yorker pizza. I found it weird that they gave free pasta for ordering a medium sized pizza, but hey, who's complaining? And, I enjoyed the pasta, which tasted more like a putanesca without anchovies. You could taste the olives that is blended well with tomato sauce. The meatballs were packed with flavor as well. I am not a fan of meatballs, but I was chewing on them, even without the pasta.
I thought their promo was a great deal, especially when the Spaghetti and Meatballs Pasta is worth P225. It's good for a hungry bunch of 3 to 4 people.
All in all, the stop at Brooklyn was satisfying. We were so full, and I kept my promise of making it my dinner as well (we ate at 3PM). So, for those wanting to trying a real slice of New York (pizza that is), call 633-9999. That's the Ortigas branch (sorry, I am from Ortigas), but they have 6 other branches in the Metro. Of course, you call for the pizza, but try their pasta as well. I wouldn't know they were also good if I didn't give it a try.