Edward’s Restaurant Review #4
Us New Yorkers know: This city has a history of pizza. Well known for its Italian districts, New York provides a home for purveyors in both pizza and pasta from around the globe. It is not uncommon to see a busy businessman or woman chowing down on a slice or two on their paid lunch breaks, or pizza cars and bicyclists manuerving past pedestrians to ensure deliveries arrive on time. Today we’re gonna “have a slice” Big Apple style on ERR, so join us won’t you? Seamless and GrubHub are now one in the same, teaming up to guarantee only the best possible web-to-door food delivery.
With just a few short clicks and I had ordered a large pineapple pizza, peppers, sausage, and cheese calzone, and a specialty soda from none other than Rocco PIzza located in the heart of Brooklyn neighborhood Bed Stuy.
Pizza is traditionally a round thrown dough, coated with shredded cheese and pizza sauce, each pizza restaurant closely guarding their secret recipe, oftentimes passed down from generations. Calzone is a French term for Stromboli. They arrived within the 30-45 min window.
If youre like me, you unflap the hot cardboard box as soon as you close the door, expecting to see not only that bubbling-hot pie, but also those 2 classic sauce containers under the lid. We’re of course talking about ranch and garlic. With Rocco’s Pizza—dont bother. You will not find a single sauce to come with any pizza! (Checking back now with their menu it seems as though we must not only go out of our way to request these sauces, but also pay extra. Looks like they only have those packets of Ken’s Steakhouse ranch, which is a subpar ranch dressing—Ken’s Steakhouse is well known for their visscous dressings that come in those phone-sized packets and most people get away with highway robbery charging the consumer upways of a dollar for something that should be as free as ketchup. They also coagulate (like blood!) way too fast. Ken’s Steakhouse and Newman’s Own both make a sorry excuse for ranch dressing. Stick to your Hidden Valley’s and store brands. Wishbone is also problematic.)
Despite this flaw I kept my chin up and dug into the pie. Pineapple is a must-try for the causal pizza goer. With Rocco’s the flavors were there—that tangy red sauce, the hard yet soft crust, the white mozarella cheese- but the topping could use improvement. These pineapple hunks, while plentiful, I will give them that, were just sitting on top the pie, not among the ingredients as they should be. (Probably just threw pineapples on some cheese pizza they already had laying around. The pineapples were definitley from the can, unmistakeable cut by machine not mankind. They looked like little yellow trapezoids- Despite this, despite everything, Rocco’s makes a tasty enough slice.)
I turned to the soda, a root beer. Never had this one before—the company is Stewart’s. Pretty good.
Lastely I tried the calzone. Pretty good. This one came with a side of sauce. Looked really fascinating inside. This one was a better deal than the pizza (5 bucks). Hot or cold, tastes the same. Delicious.
Thanks for reading along on the Review.
OVERALL SCORE: 6.8 / 10
Rocco Pizza, 765 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
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