Cudduruni – Kale, Cipolla, Mozzarella, Pomodoro
Gluten Free Detroit Style That’s That Good Sh*t – Cream Sauce, Porcini Mushrooms, Truffles, Mozzarella, Fresh Mozzarella, Wild Mushrooms, Local Onions, Truffle Oil, Parsley
Grandma Style The Good Good – Mozzarella, Fresh Mozzarella, Grana, Tomato Sauce, Sausage, Artichoke Hearts, Oregano
Detroit Style A Good Time – Mozzarella, Fresh Mozzarella, Grana, Meatballs, Ricotta, Tomato Sauce, Basil
Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
Now open for two solid weeks and earning excellent reviews from almost everyone who has visited it was along with two others that dinner was planned at Good Pie, the group subsequently swelling to seven and lasting two hours while enjoying Pizza plus stories from Vincent Rotolo and Ismaele Romano plus Brooklyn Pizza Crew’s Nino Coniglio who has been taking time out of his busy schedule to help Chef Rotolo get business going.
Already visited on Day two, the Dough at that point very good but not as fermented as desired thanks to a sold-out Grand Opening, it was shortly after arriving at 5pm that the first of three Pies were ordered, Chef Romano treating guests to an off-menu Sicilian Calzone known as Cudduruni while the first one baked and impressing all who tasted it with an almost Puff Pastry sort of crunch that gave way to seasonal Vegetables and Cheese that were good on their own but better with some of Rotolo’s housemade Red Sauce.
Working in a small space with close quarters, comparison to a previous look showing little changed save for the addition of a few more Grandma photos as Led Zeppelin played overhead, it was as a few additional patrons came for Slices or whole Pies that Vincent discussed his first encounter with Truffles while living in New York, his reaction used to name “That’s That Good Sh*t” which features pureed Tuber melanosporum and Cream Sauce infused with Truffle Oil along with Cheese, Wild Mushrooms and Onions, the aromatics so intense that one knows instantly when it is baking and flavors bold enough to match.
Serving up the Truffles on a Gluten-Free Base, Chef Rotolo’s #2 finish at The 2017 International Pizza Expo again making one wonder how much better first place could have been considering the bold crunch and almost impossible levity, it was after more folks joined that two previously tasted selections followed, the signature Good Good in Grandma-style reportedly “undercooked” per Rotolo but pretty darn delicious according to everyone else while the three-day fermented Dough showed its true nature in a Detroit Style Good Time that sees Rotollo cleverly using Cheese to protect the Meatballs from drying out, plus a whole lot of flavor by way of creamy Ricotta and a bit of warm Sauce added after baking.
Still learning the ovens and waiting on special Ricotta from Brooklyn to make Cannolis up to Grandma’s standard it was with most well-sated that a few Chocolate Chip Cookies were ordered to round out the night, a recipe from The Goodwich cooked at high heat and deemed ‘burned’ by some, though in the eyes of others exactly as a Cookie should be with a crispy rim and gooey middle studded in partially-molten Chocolate.
FOUR AND A HALF STARS: Judged as it is intended, a neighborhood Pizza place built for the community and focused on high quality ingredients plus craft, Good Pie has already achieved stellar results less than a month in and will likely only continue to improve.
RECOMMENDED: Detroit Style Good Time and The Good White were highlights from visit one with the former even better on visit #2, though the Gluten Free Detroit Style That’s That Good Sh*t was undoubtedly a show-stopper this time.
AVOID: N/A, though be aware that once March’s Pizza Expo arrives the Gluten Free Pie will be even bigger thanks to new pans made special for Good Pie.
TIP: Open 11am daily with online or phone orders available, delivery available via Postmates within a 5-mile radius.
BONUS TIP: Sundays additionally feature one housemade non-Pizza Special from Chef Rotolo, last week an oven baked Lasagna available first-come-first-serve until sold out.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.