As we were planning to go see artists in Dumbo for open studios (check out one of my favorites, Peter Drake that we never miss to visit), I was happily tasked to find a place for lunch. As Jodi loves pizza even more than I do, I looked up for a pizzeria and found Love and Dough on Pearl street, just few blocks from the Brooklyn Bridge. This place has a nice feel with lots of old black and white photos of Italian actors and actresses and the smell of their brick oven that sits in the back of the dining room. They offer Neapolitan pizza, made with flour imported from Napoli and apparently make their own pasta that I will have to try in our next visit.
I started the meal with an Italian soda, a San Pellegrino Aranciata that is slightly sparkling, close to Orangina, a French drink you can sometimes find in restaurants or grocery stores that Jodi loves.
We then hesitated between ordering two pizzas or getting one with an appetizer. We went for the latter and chose, as an appetizer, the burrata con panna that is a burrata with roasted eggplant, served with toasted bread. This was delicious: roasted eggplant and burrata go really well together, the particular taste of eggplant complementing well the creamy flavor of the cheese. The only problem is that it is so good with bread that it fills you up a bit, especially with a pizza coming next…
The pizza was even better: it was the four kings, made with gorgonzola, taleggio, pecorino, mozzarella and honey. We did not hesitate as far as this pizza was concerned as we often pick four cheese pizza and the cheeses they use are superb. But what was really a good surprise was the honey on the pizza that added a nice sweetness to a perfectly charred pizza that had a delicious crust, nicely charred, thin with puffed up sides.
This was a great meal, even worth a trip there in fact: I would go back to Love and Dough, indulge in their divine cuisine and then walk back through the bridge, each step erasing the guilt that such meal would being…
Enjoy (I did)!
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Love and Dough - 57 B Pearl Street, Suite C, NY 11201