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La Rosa Pizza on Smith St.

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La Rosa Pizza on Smith St.

Art Skell | Feb 4, 2004 10:41 PM

There must be over a dozen pizzerias on Court and Smith Streets, between Brooklyn Heights and Carroll Gardens. The newest is La Rosa & Son, on Smith just shy of Atlantic Ave (95 Smith). While La Rosa may try too hard to be authentically retro in style, there is no mistaking that the pizza is reminiscent of the authentic slice found on every Queens, Brooklyn, and Bronx street corner 25-30 years ago. My first slice at La Rosa was profound – it was a sense memory from a bygone New York, and perhaps the best slice I've had in years.

The sauce is that sublime confrontation of tangy and sweet. The crust has a thickness to it, without being heavy, and the right amount of scorch on the bottom. The crust also has a nice "break" when bent. The cheese is just right, with a salty creaminess and there is plenty of it. In short, $1.75 of heaven.

Perhaps it was set and setting, but I'll keep going back as long as they keep serving up this excellent pie.

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