A Big Apple–focused menu sends aromas ricocheting off the walls of NYPD Pizza, which are bedecked with New York City memorabilia and televisions screening classic films and sports. Begun in Orlando by a native New Yorker who was frustrated at the lack of New York–style pizza in his new city, NYPD Pizza bakes up New York flavor as close to authentic as possible without traveling to the Big Apple to kiss the mayor. Genre-bending plate fillers strut from the pizza menu in configurations named after notable New York locales such as the Bleecker St. baked ziti pie topped with ricotta, mozzarella, and housemade sauce. The Tri-Borough BLT tosses traditional sandwich toppings such as smoked bacon and mayo across a hand-tossed crust, and individual pieces of the Oneonta, a hot cheese slice cloaked with cool shredded mozzarella, help patrons streamline supping or learn fractions to prepare for rap battles with math teachers.
A slick mosaic of cerulean and cobalt tiles below the bar dominates the pizza joint’s bright interior, which is also festooned with petite dangling lamps, black tablecloths, and wood chairs evoking a modern lounge feel. Eyes drift to a TV screening sports behind the bar or the panoramic wall-covering mural of the Brooklyn Bridge at night. Across the room, another wall-size mural tempts doodle additions of King Kong with an aerial view of Manhattan’s skyscrapers. :m]]