Brookyln Pizza Factory - Scranton, PA
Location: Scranton, PA
Date: January 2013
Pizza Ordered: 14" New York Style Pizza
Eat In/Take Out: Eat In
I first heard about the new Brooklyn Pizza Factory in a wonderful Scranton Times feature article by Patrice Wilding written in December of 2012. I've been anxious to arrive on the scene ever since reading that article, and finally the opportunity presented itself when I was back in the Scranton area. I suggest you read the article if you want to read an eloquent narrative on the history and background of the pizzeria. I do not want to copy any elements of Ms. Wilding's article, because I'm not a rip-off artist, nor to I have anywhere near the journalistic talents, so I will skip straight to what I do best - review the pizza!
The pizza as it was delivered to me looked equisite, both prepared and cooked to perfection. I picked up the first slice only to find that this pizza passed the "flop test" with flying colors! As you can see in the photo below, I picked up a slice and it supported itself without flopping down. Coincidentally, the crust was really what made this pie famous. It was paper thin, yet crispy as can be. It almost reminded me of a foldable cracker or wafer, and to me, this is what a New York style crust should be. The flavor of the crust was subtle, which paved the way for the well balanced, slightly zesty, and full-bodied sauce and the high quality mozzarella cheese. I got so excited about the authenticity of this New York pie that I introduced myself to the owner and pizza guy after I was done eating.
We had a lovely conversation about the business and the many gourmet offerings that Brooklyn Pizza Factory has including an "upside-down sicilian pizza with a sweet sauce" which sounded rather intriguing. It's rare for me to meet someone that matches the level of enthusiasm that I have toward pizza, but this pizza maker had a genuine passion for the craft which was refreshing. I learned a little about the famous "Brooklyn water" and how he is able to make Scranton's water even better than Brooklyn's with a few tricks of the trade. I could tell this guy would school me on a few things in the pizza world! Our conversation was brief, but eventful, and I was glad I took the time to introduce myself. I think I want to integrate this concept a little more in my future writings. Let me know what you think about that in the comment section below!
For those who have read some of my many other reviews, you know that I am a staunch supporter of NEPA pizza being the best in the world. People who bad mouth the pizza in our area are typically those who say "American Cheese don't belong on pizza" "American Cheese ain't real cheese" and "real pizza is round." Well, to those people (who are generally New Yorkers) I say, "oh yeah? we have that too and it's just as good as yours!"
Brooklyn Pizza Factory Menu
Overall Taste: 4/5
Crispy/Cooked Properly: 5/5
Overall Value: 3.75/5
OVERALL RATING: 4/5
Similar to: Basilico's, Rosario's, Armetta's