When two people are in love, they never want to be apart. The same holds true when an astronaut loves a pizza—just ask space explorer Garrett Reisman, who allegedly once traveled deep into the starry sky with a slice of Peter Pizza by his side. While it's hard to prove the validity of this tale, it's at the very least easy to assume that the borough's favorite astronaut—who's explicit about his love for Peter Pizza—fueled up on triangles when he returned to Brooklyn for NASA's Hometown Heroes 2008 campaign.
With signature pies such as the Sophia Loren, whose fresh mozzarella, garlic, and tomatoes blanket a sesame seed crust, plus a large selection of savory pasta dishes, wraps, and hero sandwiches, Peter Pizza both satisfies and inspires cravings for classic Italian flavors. In addition to dine-in and carryout, the shop offers local delivery free of charge.
Nature’s Grill’s three locations in Bay Ridge, Cobble Hill, and Caesar’s Bay aim to create a healthier community by crafting fresh, made-to-order dishes from original recipes, natural foods, and high-quality ingredients, including exclusively hormone- and steroid-free poultry plus grass-fed and organic beef for select menu items. The restaurant’s health-first approach includes an aversion to microwaves, preservatives, and puddles of mercury, which is evident on its expansive menu, which fills bellies with smoothies, protein shakes, and savory wraps packed with grilled chicken, salmon, and tofu.
Fabiola Scarbrough is the face and talent behind the scenes at Fabipops. A native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola blends her business savvy with her creative flair to produce custom Fabipops—hand-rolled balls of cake dipped in frosting and served on a lollipop stick, exactly how ancient chefs intended all foods to be eaten. Fabiola has dreamed up a menu that includes options such as strawberry cake with vanilla icing, lemon cake with raspberry frosting, and german chocolate cake with pecan and coconut frosting. She has assembled an expansive list of flavors for building your own Fabipops, and she can customize the treats for any occasion. She also leads cake-pop-baking classes, during which she teaches newbies and experienced bakers how to craft their own bite-size treats.
The chefs at Giacomo’s Wood Fired Pizza and Trattoria channel Southern Italian culinary traditions to conjure a menu of Old World pasta and pizza dishes. Smoky disks cradling mozzarella and italian plum tomatoes emerge from the imported brick oven as 1 of 16 specialty pizzas including the Pugliese, which merges broccoli rabe, sausage, and grated parmesan. Diners can twirl fork tines around the linguine ribbons lacing the spicy shrimp fra diavolo, or unearth the meaty strata of the lasagna bolognese for layered meals bested only by noshing on piles of candy-coated textbooks. Glasses of wine stand guard to swoop in and wash down savory flavors.
Using fresh, high-quality ingredients, the culinary masterminds at The Orange Dog Bar & Grill, formerly The Salty Dog Bar & Grill, whip up locally and globally inspired dishes for patrons in need of stomach-engine top offs. After perusing the menu, launch your meal rocket with a fresh veggie platter ($3.99) or natural cut chips ($3.49) before grabbing an infamous serving of Wings of the World, a customizable mix of eight globally inspired spiced chicken wings ($8.25). Send your taste buds on a diplomatic mission with saucy maple-and-bacon wings inspired by our northern neighbor, leprechaun-approved Guinness wings, or Indian-inspired tandoori wings. Daredevilish diners can turn to more adventurous wing lacquers such as Madagascar green peppercorn or Brazilian passion fruit-guava. Patrons preferring less saucy bites can grab a juicy build-your-own burger ($6.99), or just skip to the sweet tooth-pacifying Nanaimo bar, a Canadian specialty of milk chocolate and custard-flavored butter icing ($4.75). Quench particularly stubborn thirsts at the full bar while sating your athletic- and chord-based urges by catching one of the Orange Dog's televised sports matches or live music events.
Specialty pies fill the menu at Rocco's Pizzeria & Restaurant, and homemade crusts weigh heavy with dozens of savory toppings. Popular pies include a fresh mozzarella and tomatoes disk perched atop 18 inches of signature marinara sauce, as well as a vodka sauce pie slathered in marinara's zesty proxy. Between nibbles of buffalo chicken or taco pies, 2-liter soda bottles provide effervescing refreshment and a medium with which to demonstrate how tornadoes work.