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Paulie Gee's - New pizza in Greenpoint

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dhs Mar 10, 2010 10:18 AM

Paulie Gee's officially opened last night and I went with a group early in the evening. If you don't recognize the name, you probably are not pizza obsessed and/or following the Slice blog. Long story short Paulie Gee turned his passion for pizza and his backyard wood burning oven into a professional occupation. His new place is in the former Paloma space on Greenpoint Ave, completely redone. Very cool interior (same designers/contractors did Manhattan Inn, another cool 'reclaimed' space)

Pizza is Neopolitan style and made in an oven he brought over from Italy. Crust has a lot of char, good chew, and pretty good flavor. If you don't like char on your pizza, this probably won't be your place. There are a set number of regular topping offerings plus a couple of specials a night. We tried most of what was available. Standout for my group was the Arugula/Prosciutto/Parmesean and lemon juice topping. The lemon was a nice twist I had not had before. Only let down of the night was the onion and orange slice salad. It was like 90% onion and basically a condiment. Had it been the other way around, 90% or even 75% orange slices, it would have been a tasty simple salad. Not sure if that was the correct preparation for it. We did not complain.

All in all, I have the same feeling I had when I first tried Motorino when it opened. There is a lot of potential there and it is a solid pie, especially when you consider it was the first night open. A definate must try for the pizza obsessed. I know I will be going back.

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    boccalupo RE: dhs Mar 10, 2010 10:40 AM

    Thank you for this. Paulie G(iannone) is a genuine pizza enthusiast and a long time contrtiubutor to the Slice blog. It is great to see he has his own place now. I am looking forward to checking it out.

    Brooklyn is fast becoming the pizza capital of the world now.

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      NYJewboy RE: boccalupo Mar 11, 2010 06:18 AM

      It always was my friend

    2. Jeffsayyes RE: dhs Mar 10, 2010 04:27 PM

      how much were the pies?

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        dhs RE: Jeffsayyes Mar 10, 2010 04:55 PM

        Pies were between $12 to 16 from what I recall. Simple marinara pie may have been lower.

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          boccalupo RE: Jeffsayyes Mar 11, 2010 06:19 AM

          Menu here.

          http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives...

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            Jeffsayyes RE: boccalupo Mar 11, 2010 01:29 PM

            $2 manhattan specials is a deal for a restaurant

        2. quentin RE: dhs Mar 11, 2010 03:45 PM

          I went tonight. I thought the pizza was very good, but the dough had a serious lack of salt. It was very disappointing because the crust seemed great in every other way. I didn't finish eating it because it was bland. Hopefully that's just an opening glitch and they up the salt in the dough. Other than that, very good. Sauce was very fresh tasting. Pizza gets a bit soggy after a while, so probably not a great take-out option.

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          Paulie Gee's
          60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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            didactic katydid RE: quentin Mar 11, 2010 04:38 PM

            got a cuban tonight (sausage, onion, mozz, marinara, basil). I concur with the not-especially-salted dough, but we did have a few very salty bites (which I think was the ground sausage). $14. I was pretty happy with the pizza and will return (I live blocks away...what else is there?), but I am definitely looking forward to the working-out-the-kinks bump in quality after a few months.

            also, there was a piece of string baked into our pizza crust!

            pic attached for your viewing pleasure. full entry about the pizza at my food blog (didactickatydid.blogspot.com).

             
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            tjust RE: dhs Mar 31, 2010 04:00 PM

            this place is simply killing it, thank god it's in the neighborhood. (and the salt-level in the dough is perfect for my taste).

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              lazylghtng RE: dhs Apr 12, 2010 10:54 AM

              We went on Saturday and LOVED IT! And I am a salt fiend. No probs on that front. Had a pie with prosciutto and a pie with spicy sopresatta (the latter was particularly excellent). Really enjoyed everything about this place -- sweet, caring staff, incredibly cool space. Also had a terrific salad with greens, gorgonzola, pear, dried cherries, red onions, walnuts, and a whole lot of red wine vinaigrette. Only issue was timing as pizzas came out 5 min. apart. Note to parents: very family-friendly so far as service/treatment, but didn't see any high chairs/boosters.

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                tabs RE: dhs Apr 27, 2010 05:17 PM

                You need to try it again. Went tonight and had the delboy? pie with the sopressata and shared a pear walnut salad. This pie was phenomenal, light charred airy delicious crust (tore easily inbetween), slightly sweet sauce... flor di latte cheese in just the right amounts. The salad was a nice accompaniment. As a former una pizza neopolitana fan who was missing it tremendously, I have definitely found a worthy replacement. Great space too and Mr. Paulie G. greeted us nobodies personally to see how we liked it.

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                  dhs RE: tabs Apr 28, 2010 05:15 AM

                  Have been back, meant to post an update. Both my wife and I noticed there was a marked improvement in dough flavor. Still significant char (more than last time), maybe a little more than i would have liked this time but I have a feeling it may be a mark of their style. Pies were slow to come out, same as the first time. Gave us some pause time to talk and take in the atmosphere while I was watching the pizzas being made.

                  Loved the rooftop pie with marianted kale and the arugula/prosciutto/parmesean and lemon was just lovely again. Tried the arugula salad and it was very subtly dressed but delicious in its simplicity (orange/onion salad was not on the list). Paulie Gee's place is definately in the upper echelon of pie joints and I look forward to going again.

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                  Paulie Gee's
                  60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                2. didactic katydid RE: dhs Oct 7, 2010 07:31 PM

                  We hit Paulie D's again and I'm happy to report that o this (my fifth trip) they finally seem to have gotten the pizza exactly right--not too much char anymore!

                  I'll be back again and again, but my biggest beef with this place is that they need more pizza variety. Yeah they have like ten regulars and a few specials, but the ten regulars are basically all variations of arugula pizzas or mozz/soppr. The specials are always pretty interesting, though.

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                    tabs RE: didactic katydid Oct 16, 2010 04:27 PM

                    I love Paulie Gees more than any pizza anywhere but the pizza is a little bit off when he is not there. Maybe that's what the inconsistency some have noted is about.

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                    Paulie Gee's
                    60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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                    Blumie RE: dhs Oct 21, 2010 07:54 AM

                    My gf and I were on our way to Roberta's last night, but had to make a stop in Greenpoint, and when we passed by Paulie Gee's we decided to give it a try. We LOVED it. We were undecided between the Delboy and one of the arugula topped pies, and when Paulie recommended against a half-and-half, we ordered the Delboy. It was absolutely delicious. A great crust featuring both chew and char, and wonderful toppings. After we had polished off the pie, Paulie came over and delivered to us an Arugula Shmoogala on the house! We didn't like it as much as the Delboy (although it got better as it cooled), but it was an awesome gesture by Paulie. Definitely a great place. In our personal pizza rankings, Paulie Gee's goes ahead of Motorino and Keste, although does not supplant Co. and the top of our list.

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