Prospect Park West might be the most "Brooklyn" street in the borough.
First, we reported that the construction underway at 222 PPW is in preparation for a larger Terrace Bagels, currently located next door.
Now, we've learned that 229 PPW, formerly La Piazza Pizzeria, will soon turn into—drum roll, please—another pizzeria, this one called "The Sicilian."
But according to owner Thomas Napoli, who also runs Enzo's Brickoven down the street, this isn't just "another" pizza spot.
"Why does everyone keep saying that?" Napoli sighed when I asked him about the arrival of the latest pizzeria, which he says will open its doors in the next two weeks.
"The neighborhood needs this. Where else could you get a good slice of pizza?" he asked.
I mentioned Joe's Pizzeria down the block, but Napoli just chuckled.
"I don’t like to insult anybody. I wish the guy well and everything, but its not just what we do," he said.
So what, exactly, will The Sicilian do? Unlike Enzo's, the shop will serve pizzas by the slice, available in combinations that stretch the limits of the imagination (and the appetite), like salad pizza, taco pizza and baked potato pizza.
The menu will change each day, and the prices will be reasonable, said Napoli, who was born and raised in Bay Ridge but has roots in Sicily.
"People don’t realize that a Brooklyn pizzeria, if it’s run by the right people, is hands- down the best in the world," he said, adding that in Italy, pizza is considered a dinner-only meal, and that the conceit of "grabbing a slice" does not exist.
And even it did, Napoli is certain the mind-bending combinations served at The Sicilian will be one of a kind.
"It’s going to blow your mind. Seriously," he said. "You’re going to be dreaming about it."