EATING NOT EATING: JULIANA'S PIZZA
WNW Member #2245 Lauren Hom, the brilliant mind behind Will Letter for Lunch, reveals her most recent chalkboard magic trick. She shares her artistry, and delicious food appears on the table. This time around, it's mouth-watering pies from Juliana's Pizza in Dumbo. Below, Lauren will effortlessly convince you that you need to make a trip to Juliana's.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for PIZZA! The day I received the email from Juliana’s asking me to letter for pizza was the best day of my life. Owned and operated by the original couple behind Grimaldi’s, Juliana’s is a charming Italian restaurant serving up coal-fired pizzas underneath the Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo. It’s named after owner Patsy’s mother too. Adorable AND delicious? Sign me up.
Since I did a bit more lettering than the typical Letter for Lunch project, I was able to treat seven of my closest friends to a pizza party! We inhaled 4 speciality pizzas and lots of wine over the course of a Sunday afternoon. The No. 1 with mozzarella, scamorza affumicata, pancetta, scallions and Oregon-grown white truffles in olive oil was a rich and salty start to our meal, followed by the very classic No. 2 with cherry tomato, Bufala mozzarella, garlic and sea salt. Next came the No. 3 with mozzarella, sausage, broccoli rabe and garlic, which we all loaded up with red pepper flakes to add an extra kick to an already savory bite. We finished the meal with the No. 4 with tomato, mozzarella, peppery arugula and prosciutto.
Toppings aside, the dough was what really stole the show. I’m one of those annoying people who usually doesn’t eat the crust of a slice of pizza, so when I feel compelled to finish the crust that’s when I know it’s really good pizza. GUYS, I ATE ALL OF THE CRUST. For anyone thinking about going to Grimaldi’s or recommending it to a friend from out of town, I’d strongly suggest sending them to Juliana’s instead. The decor is nicer, the line is shorter, and it’s the original Grimaldi’s pizza recipe. Spread the word and have a pizza party of your own!
Juliana's Pizza: 19 Old Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (11:30 am - 11:00 pm)