As I've mentioned in previous blog posts, I spent four months living and studying in Florence, Italy. For a foodie like me, this was absolute heaven. Think about it, I was living in the birth place of pizza, pasta, and gelato. Can it get any better?
While there, I frequented a pizza shop a mere steps away from my school. Lucky for me, this authentic pizzeria was also one of the best in Firenze! Each pie was handmade fresh with incredible local ingredients. Needless to say, it was divine. As I embarked on my return flight to America, I knew I'd never find a pizza as good as Gusta's, and solemnly accepted the fact that any slice I were to consume in the future would suffer with mediocrity and disappointment...or so I thought.
This past weekend, I took my first trip to The Big Apple (such a fitting moniker for a city being explored by a vegan gal!). My best friend and travel companion, Sherry, let me do most of the planning as long as we went to at least one pizza place. My friend, Connie, highly recommended Paulie Gee's Pizzeria in Brooklyn not only because they have amazing pies, but also because they have a large vegan menu. Obviously, I was totally down.
On Friday night, Sherry and I took the Subway to the Williamsburg restaurant for a late dinner. When we arrived, we were told it would be an hour wait. Luckily, we found seats at the bar and were able to be served right away. We ordered their Gates of Eden salad to start and were so impressed. The vinaigrette was tart with a hint of sweetness that perfectly complemented the candied pecans and dried cranberries. For our main course, Sherry and I split the In Ricotta Da Vegan pizza and holy $#!? I wish I could eat this pizza every. single. day.
The crust of the pizza was almost exactly like Gusta's, not too thin and not too thick, with a delightful chew and a slightly crispy outer layer. I'm drooling just thinking about it. The sauce is made in house, so it's super fresh and flavorful. Sherry and I agreed that their cashew-based "ricotta" was remarkable. So creamy with such a nice, light flavor! There were also chunks of housemade vegan sausage. Ohhhh myyy goddddd just so good. The arugula on top completed the whole meal. We loved it so much that we almost ordered a second one, but their kitchen was closing and couldn't accommodate our gluttonous desire for a second pizza. That was probably a good thing lol.
I'm thrilled to announce that I've found a pizza that's comparable to Gusta Pizza. I'm seriously so in love with Paulie Gee's and wish everyone could try it. But of course, every true love story must end in tragedy. Paulie Gee's and I are separated by 2,800 miles of American soil. #sobs
60 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222