Cuisine: Pizza, Italian
On a corner known for its quick turnover of restaurants, Giacomo's appears to have some staying power. With its brick oven fired up, Giacomo's is turning out some terrific pies and traditional Italian dishes in a warm and relaxed setting.
Start with some mini calzones plumped up with ricotta ($6) and fried calamari ($9) that is crispy and golden brown. Each is served with a rich marinara sauce for dipping. The baked clams ($9.50) are also worth noting served with a nice layer of garlicky breading.
Pizzas, fresh from the oven, arrive with a nice char and a surprisingly thin crust. Choosing one is difficult since there are so many good-sounding choices. After much debate we settled on a sausage pie topped fresh mozzarella and slices of sweet Italian sausage that my son loved. I went for the Quattro Stagione ($14/$21) loaded up with mozzarella, mushrooms, artichokes, olives and prosciutto. It was so filling that I had two slices left over that made for a nice little lunch the following day.
For dessert, try the Nutella calzone served straight from the oven with its molten filling of mascarpone and nutella. Warning. It is quite addictive.
Review By: Thomas Rafael
Neighborhood: Bay Ridge
7902 3rd Ave
Entree Price: $15-$25