Krescendo. Location: Brooklyn. Boreum Hill. Atlantic Avenue and Hoyt St. Scene: Burgundy Tones. Neapolitan Oven. Friendly. Food: Pizza. Pasta. Clam Pie. Bianca Pizza. Pappardelle alla Bolognese. Olives.
- Margherita Extra Pizza: Pomodoro, Cherry Tomatoes, Mozzarella di Bufala, Basil, Olive Oil (1st and 2nd pics)
- Meatball Pizza: Pomodoro, Mozzarella, Ricotta, Meatballs, Sicilian Oregano (3rd and 4th pics)
- Arugula Salad: Olive Oil, Lemon, Grana Padano (pic below)
Krescendo belongs to Cheftestant and TV star Elizabeth Falkner who is famous for her pastries in San Francisco and luckily just relocated here to us! She’s been a judge on Bravo’s Top Chef, Just Desserts, competed on Top Chef Masters and a competitor on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. So this famous chef for her pastries makes pizza now you ask? Boy, after tasting this dough, every pizza chef should be required to train in pastry first. I will warn you that I am not a pizza obsessor, but I have tasted several pies in this city and this is hands down the best I’ve ever had (yes, I’ve had Motorino, Joe’s, Nick’s, Keste, etc.). It’s simple, grease-free and there is just enough sauce and flavor to deliver in each bite. My favorite part is that the soft dough becomes creamy as it mixes with the cheese making it a dream come true. Our waitress was a doll, steering us in the way of the plain Margherita Extra pizza even though it was the most plain out of all the menu options. This prize made my face glow at first bite and last throughout the rest of the evening. I was so pleased with this dish that I had to abandon the Meatball pizza because I just didn’t want to give up other space in my stomach for something else. It was that good, and it may sound ridiculous but this simple Margherita was indeed miraculous. The Meatball pizza’s dough and crust was cooked a little longer and there were black “leopard spots” as my dining partner in crime called them, however, this is the way it should be he claims.
The more uncommon pizzas that stand out are: the Hippie Chick – Ceci Hummus, Red Onion, Toy Tomatoes, Yogurt, Cucumber, Sprouts and Sunflower Seeds; Californication – Mozzarella, Goat Cheese, Walnut Arugula Pesto, Padron Peppers, Prosciutto, Arugula, Honey; Clam Pie- Mozzarella, Clams, Garlic, Calabrese Chili Flakes and Parsley. The traditional Arugula Salad is a great way to start off the meal without overdoing it with the appetizers such as: Black Garlic Knots, Fritto Misto or Arancini (Riceballs).
The burgundy, warm, room surrounded with booths and wooden tables creates a very peaceful and charming atmosphere. The open and visible Neapolitan pizza oven sits in the center back of the room and the bar rests on the right area making it a great place to snack on a pizza and glass of wine alone if the cravings kick in and you must rush to the restaurant. Krescendo is the kind of place where you can’t let yourself get up post-dinner because you just want to soak in the memories of the experience (and taste) and enjoy what it’s worth. There’s nothing else left to say, and I beg you to go see and obsess for yourself -especially because I need a full report on that Chocolate Tartufo…
***Tip: Closed on Monday’s