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A Slice of the Pie

Brooklyn pizzaria

Great pizza pie...finally

I love Los Angeles. There are so many great things about it: beaches, parks, food. Well, not all food. A great pizza is hard to find out here. No offense to Los Angeles, but I'm a New Yorker. We know our pizza. You can be in pretty much any part of town and you will find a great slice, not a good one, a great slice of pie on any street corner in the five boroughs. After trying various places on this coast, I had resigned myself to the fact that I would have to travel back east whenever I needed that fullness of mozzarella, thin, almost slightly burnt crust, and light tomato fragrance in a greasy bite.

I was running an errand in the valley the day the torrential rains finally stopped in Southern California when I looked to my right. There it was, Brooklyn Pizza. I had stumbled across it by chance a few months earlier and ordered a Fettuccine Alfredo to compare it with the one my neighborhood Italian restaurant serves me. Usually I can save half of it for later and then have the soup. I figure I'm getting two meals for the price of one. Brooklyn Pizza's version, however, was nirvana. I ate the whole thing in one sitting.

"You can't make everyone happy. You're not pizza." - Anonymous

Brooklyn Pizza, found

And then I lost sight of the place. Couldn't find it anywhere. Yelp, my go-to app, had no record of it. Laguna Niguel and Irvine have places called Brooklyn Pizza but nothing in the valley. I drove out of my way a few times looking for it, like a lost dog. Then last week, driving back from Home Depot, I saw the sign, pulled over and parked.

"What would you like?" asked the owner with a big smile as I walked towards the counter.

"Fettuccine Alfredo, please."

"Absolutely," he said.

I looked down at the menu. So many choices. National Pizza Day had just passed. Wish I had found this place sooner."How big are your pizzas?"

"We have 14 , 16 and 18 inch pizzas," he said, holding up the different boxes.

"Do you have a smaller size?"

"No, but I give you slice to try" he answered, still smiling. Pasta and pizza? That was a lot of food. i had gone swimming in the morning so I figured, why not? I nodded and he threw a slice in the oven.

"You come next time and I give you two slices with soda. Six dollars. Big slices."

"That's a bargain!" I said. He swiftly pulled the slice out and served it on a paper plate. I took a bite.

O.M.G. The cheese was gooey, the crust was delicately toasted and it wasn't greasy. The perfect slice of New York pizza. I couldn't believe what I was tasting. Yes, the gourmet pizzas out here are very good. But this slice? This was, as my father used to say, the real McCoy.

"So delicious. Are you Italian?" I said.

"Afghanistan. I memorize recipe." His grin got wider, mine did too.

"How do you say thank you in Pashto?"

"Manana," he answered.

"Manana, manana, manana!" I sang as I put the number in Favorites on my phone. I waved goodbye to my new best friend and walked out the door. I had a place to go to order New York style pizza. Finally.

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Pilar Uribe
Pilar Uribe is an actor and voice talent, known for Yo soy Betty, la fea (1999), Wonderguy (1993) and Second Extinction (2020). Catch Pilar in video games, feature films, and tv shows + follow on Instagram and YouTube for more...


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