You know the old saying, you can’t judge a pizza by its cover? No? Well it’s true. Look at that beautiful pie above, the margherita from Sottocasa. And yet it was strangely flat tasting; the sauce a little to sweet, the crust under-seasoned. Sottocasa had been on my list for a while, and so a few weeks ago I met up with Donny & Steph for dinner there. Step summed it up nicely: it’s good pizza for the neighborhood, but not destination pizza. The pizza certainly wasn’t bad, but I don’t think I’ll be stopping in again.
I’ve been to Brooklyn Central before. And in fact it was opened by some former pizzaiolos from Sottocasa. The last time I was there I got a specialty pizza (and enjoyed it), so this time I went for the margherita, just to get a base-line reading. They actually have two margheritas on the menu: one made with Italian buffalo mozzarella and one with locally made Brooklyn mozzarella — I got the Brooklyn version. It was fantastic — a nice char on the crust, creamy mozz, good sauce, and most importantly, a great balance of all of the ingredients.