Yesterday afternoon I headed to Carroll Gardens for a run with a friend and to visit said friend's husband, who recently had ankle surgery and is immobile. Immobile, drugged up, but still hungry. Around six, he announced that he wanted pizza. If I'd brought my car, rather than making the trek via F train, I would have driven to the bridge and picked up a Grimaldi's pie. Alas, no car. According to my friends, the pizza in CG is ubiquitously "fine," with the exception of two exceptional places, neither of which deliver. So we settled for fine.
"Fine" came in the form of a very large pie from Francesco's on Henry Street. Here are some details: the slices themselves were, true to form, real NY slices, cut big, pizzeria style; the cheese was ample; the crust and underbelly were not crisp enough for my liking; the peppers and onions (on half) were fresh though I didn't try the spinach/onion half; the sauce was nothing more than decent.
All in all, the pizza gets a B. Sometimes I wonder if I'm being hard on delivery. Most of the time, pizza is crispiest right out of the oven and this baby was probably no exception. I think the steamy nature of the pizza-warming bag changes the structure of the pizza, so maybe it's hard to get a good sense of how good the pie is from a delivery environment.
I will tell you this: I am a big fan of the oversized slice and I was happy to see a solid pie arrive with more than the fast food pizza joint's anemic little slices. So all was not lost.
531 Henry Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231