We were walking around in Williamsburg, looking for a brunch place before going to a street art show called Beyond The Streets that was amazing by the way, when we saw Shelter Pizza, a restaurant recognizable from the outside by its vibrant American flag. We hesitated between going there or the nearby Smorgasburg, and decided to give it a try. Entering there is like stepping in another world: this big place is like a lodge in the middle of nowhere: Native American artifacts, animal fur on seats...Warm and cozy, with fireplaces that we surely did not need that day.
The food at Shelter Pizza is quite interesting: they serve Argentinian-Italian dishes. On the Argentinian side, we tried their empanadas that were sold by the piece. The first one was the onion and cheese, made with slow cooked onions, scallions, fontina and gruyere: delicious, with lots of cheese. The second one was the Humita, made with Sweet corn, scallions, nutmeg and bechamel sauce. This was an interesting one: sweet and savory, creamy and cheesy, you could definitely taste the nutmeg. I should mention that these empanada were cooked in their wood fire oven.
On the Italian side, we went for their mushroom and egg pizza, a classic brunch pizza in a way, made with portobello mushrooms, two eggs, mozzarella, Parmesan and truffle oil. Good, with lots of cheese, I only regretted that the egg was not more spread out considering how thin the crust was, giving me the impression I was just eating a baked egg rather than a pizza. But still, quite a good pizza.
As a beverage, I got their orange juice that I doubt was freshly squeezed as they claim…or was watered down, tasting like a bottled one.
Shelter Pizza was a good find, especially the empanada that were delicious. I would go back there and I am curious to try their dinner.
Enjoy (I did)!
If you like this post, the photos or the blog, please feel free to share it or post a comment. Merci!
Shelter Pizza - 80 North 7th Street, Williamsburg, NY 11249