By Amanda Rogers
The Food: Pizza, pasta, subs, salad
The Story: Some friends recommended the pizza at Brooklyn Pie Café right after they opened about a year ago. And since one of the friends is Italian, he knew what he was talking about. This has become one of our go-to places for pizza since then. The pies have a classic crust, delicious red sauce and lots of fresh ingredients. Pizza prices range from $11.99 for a 14-inch up to $23.99 for an 18-inch Everything Pizza or a Meat Lover’s.
Since we have eaten the pizza here, we decided to try something else – lasagna and a sub.
For starters, we had to get the garlic knots ($4.99), nine twists of dough basted with oil and garlic and baked. So good! The side of red sauce for dipping makes it perfect.
The hefty slice of lasagna ($8.99) arrived piping hot. The well-cooked noodles were layered with the red sauce and ricotta cheese and topped with plenty of gooey mozzarella. This is a classic lasagna, no meat, not veggies, just a nice blend of tastes.
The Italian Combination sub ($6.99) was a 12-inch soft roll, stuffed with slices of ham, tomato, salami, onions, peppers, mozzarella and basil and drizzled with an understated oil and vinegar Italian dressing that made the whole thing work. The sandwich was served cold, and the only thing that could have made it better was if it had been toasted.
The Atmosphere: Brooklyn Pie Café is situated between two other restaurants in a strip center. The interior is small, but tidy with three booths and half dozen tables. Order at the counter and help yourself to fountain drink refills.
I think this family-owned and operated restaurant does a lot of delivery and take-out. There was only one other guy in the restaurant while we were there, which was cool because we were yelling at the Dallas Cowboys on the television mounted in the dining room. (The other guy was yelling, too. Not the Cowboys’ best game.)
The Details: Brooklyn Pie is at 2851 Matlock Road No. 140. Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 10:30 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday; BYOB. 817-225-2242; https://www.brooklynpiecafemenu.com/
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