OK, you’re on Arthur Ave. in the Bronx, NYC’s largest Italian neighborhood. You know that the countless bakeries and restaurants along this thoroughfare are going to be authentic. After all, there are high expectations to cater to here but you might just need help deciding. Well, if you’re in the mood for pizza and have wood fired thin crust on your mind, I recommend Giovanni’s Brick Oven Pizza.
At $3 for a huge Sicilian slice either loaded with peppers and eggplant or lean slices of sausage or mortadella, you can’t go wrong. Everything is fresh from the rich pomodoro sauce, mozzarella, pungent basil leaves, to the cornmeal dusted crust. Look behind the counter and you’ll see a stack of firewood underneath the wood burning oven. Many pictures on the wall of the dining area feature the owner with both George Bush and Hillary Clinton, a bipartisan environment indeed!
Oh yeah, and if you aren’t tempted by the stromboli being made by hand while you wait for your order, the pasta dishes, especially the baked ziti, are good standbys as well.