Pizza fanatics may know Paulie Gee from his food blog on Slices.com. A computer geek turned pizza aficionado, Paulie Giannone built a small dome shaped pizza oven in his backyard in New Jersey and started to experiment with toppings and dough. He invited his family and friends to sample his handiwork and many of his exploits were posted on the blog. Before you know it, he cooked up a large Internet following. And now, here he is, roasting away in a gorgeous pizza joint on Greenpoint Avenue. His followers are thrilled because they can join in the fun.
His pizza parlor is designed and built by those crafty carpenters from HoME, the same team that built Manhattan Inn. And their style is very much in evidence, with lots of reclaimed wood and interesting doors salvaged from century old buildings. It looks like an old Italian inn with an odd twist — a bank of white bedroom lampshades illuminating one of the rafters. We asked the waitress what’s up with that and she said, “It’s Brooklyn rustic.”