Gaspar, owner of Sicily’s Best pizza on Cypress
Last week I found the menu for Sicily’s Best in my building’s lobby and was completely psyched to have discovered a new restaurant in the area. Imagine my surprise when I found out that this Bushwick pizzeria has actually been open for a year and a half.
Walking in, the place still looks brand new. The tables and floors are clean, the pizza, calzones and meat pies are carefully organized behind the glass on the counter and the large windows in the front don’t have a single finger print on the them. I have no doubt that this level of cleanliness and organization, like all of the pizza and pasta recipes used, must be part of a family legacy passed to the owner, Gasper, by his grandmother, who had been in the restaurant business for fifty years.
In fact, family oriented is the best way to describe Sicily’s Best. The pizzeria is located below Gasper’s childhood home where his parents continue to live. There are family photos pasted all over the walls above the cash register and even the office ladies that came in while I waited for my take out reminded me of a group of teasing aunties. Whether he’s chatting in Italian to neighborhood regulars, discussing oil prices, or the effect of the Euro on Italian imports, Gasper makes customers feel like guests in his home.
By the time I left, I felt so comfortable that I was praying for the food to be fantastic to complete the package. I was particularly excited about the penne alfredo and while it was made to order of quality ingredients, it was a little bland for my taste. But the chicken roll was really good. I also had a slice of BBQ chicken pizza with a nice tangy sauce and light perfect crust. While I didn’t get a chance to try it, Gasper says that the penne alla vodka with grilled chicken is a house favorite.
Located on Cypress Ave right on the border of Bushwick and Ridgewood, Sicily’s Best definitely reflects more of an old neighborhood style, but the strong sense of family and the dedication to cleanliness would make even the most mod Bushwick artist feel right at home.
190 Cypress Ave | 718-456-1833
Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm