What do you do on a rainy Tuesday in New York City? You find a neighborhood Pizza shop and indulge in delicious Pizza. Last Tuesday, my sister and I were having a sisters’ afternoon together—it was something we have been meaning to do, and we ended up at Rocco Pizza Bed-Stuy. It was the best choice, with fun food, friendly people, and an overall fabulous experience.
Pizza is serious business in New York City [NYC]—ask anyone from the five boroughs, and they will give you at least three of their favorite Pizza Shops. Pizza remains one of the most accessible bits to grab and go. It is affordable, and there are a variety of choices. I read somewhere a while ago that NYC has about 80,000 Pizzerias. But all Pizzerias are not created equally—ask any New Yorker.
Rocco Pizza Bed-Stuy
Rocco Pizza is the oldest family-run pizzeria/Italian restaurant in Bed-Stuy. A community-centric Pizzeria that cares about the community and participates in charities year-round. They are famous for grandma pie and Sicilian-style Pizza, using recipes passed down from generation to generation.
Earlier this year, Rocco Pizza Bed-Stuy was named by food critic Robert Sietsema of Eater as one of his 18 favorite Slices in the city. Sietsema said this: “I’ve heard it said that this pizzeria is the one portrayed in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, but a check not long ago disproves that assertion [the film location was a freshly constructed set]. Yet, the Bed-Stuy location is correct, and the place has the right late ’80s vibe. The pizzas are better than they need to be, including this spare Margherita slice, with fresh mozzarella and a crust a little thicker than most neighborhood slices.”
We felt welcomed at Rocco—it was an authentic neighborhood experience. The staff was friendly and attentive and gave excellent recommendations. Everyone who walked through the door was greeted in the same friendly manner. I asked almost everyone who came in what they ordered and how long they had been visiting Rocco. They were kind enough to tell me about their favorite thing to order and the generosity of the owner and the staff.
We spent a few hours eating Shrimp Parmigiana Heros and chatting with Steve. Then, we ordered the honey mustard chicken bacon pie and the Margherita. Everything was delicious and fresh. The ingredients were fresh and quality. I will visit again soon. And my mom enjoyed the Margherita pie, so I know she will call me soon to get her one.
Please join Rocco Pizza Bed-Stuy.
Rocco Pizza is the drop-off location for a Coat Drive and Toy Drive.
Rocco Pizza is a MUST visit—grab a slice or cheese fries or a calzone [I heard they are delicious]. The menu is extensive, and you will not be disappointed.
765 Dekalb Avenue—Bedford Stuyvesant
Sunday through Monday, 11 AM to 11 PM
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