I don’t want to tell you about this place. I’m sorry, but I don’t. I feel like I must, though, because it’s a little jewel in a not-so-jeweled spot and I want to show my support… But oh how I wish I could keep this place a secret so I don’t have to wait for a table after the word gets out.
It’s called Roberta’s, and it’s a few things. It’s a pizza place, if you can call a place that puts out ethereal little pies like the Specken Wolf (speck, mushrooms, onions, oregano, mozzarella $14) with handmade mozzarella and glorious strips of fresh speck and delicious crust just a pizza place. It’s a restaurant with a small menu and a cash only policy, which doesn’t really matter when everything on the menu is under $20, including things like wood-roasted Berkshire pork chop with farrow, nettles and oyster mushrooms or linguine with big juicy clams. It’s the home to its own garden, which is built atop giant shipping containers in the back, the things that grow in the garden, like herbs and tomatoes, go directly into your dinner. It’s also home to a , where chefs and wine experts talk shop inside the shipping containers that also serve as the radio station studio. Roberta’s is it’s own culinary-culture temple.
Roberta’s is also a hike for most as it lives on a relatively barren street in Bushwick, but it’s a worthy hike. The food is seriously good, the vibe is mellow, and there is a level of authenticity and ingenuity to the place that’s really inspiring. I went there for a family dinner of sorts. Now I don’t recommend taking a big group there as the kitchen will want to kill you (we had an in via Erin Fitzpatrick, host of the radio wine show “At the Root of It” which she tapes in those shipping containers I was talking about).
Roberta’s: 261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY. For more information, photos, menus, etc, visit their website.