A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Cafe
134 S. Main Street
Simpsonville, SC 29681
Hrs: Tues-Sat 11am-9pm,
Sun 12pm-6pm, Mon CLOSED
Perfect for: Dinner with friends, Family outing, Takeout, Eating your weight in pizza, NY style pizza you’ll tell your friends about
Menu: NY style pizza, Italian favorites
Bar/Drinks: A cooler along the wall holds a decent selection of bottled beer, and there is a small wine list to choose from.
Good to Know: The line can be daunting (almost out the door), but many people are picking up their pizza to-go so seating shouldn’t be a problem. The large pizza is incredibly large, enough for a family of four and then some.
Parking: There is a large parking lot out front, but keep in mind it does share a lot with The Ice Cream Station, so in warmer months it can get pretty full. There is a parking lot behind the building that not many people are aware of.
Bathroom: It’s a bathroom, what more do you expect?
Sometimes I have a craving for pizza (this should be read as “I always crave pizza.”). When someone tells me about a new pizza joint, it is only a matter of time before I go and eat more pizza than should be possible for one person. This was the case with A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Café in Simpsonville. I was told from a reputable source that they were slinging some seriously good NY style pies, and as a Pizza Expert™, I knew it was my job to put this claim to the test. I rounded up two of my friends who legitimately love eating pizza to check out A Slice of Brooklyn for a Friday evening dinner.
As we arrived, the line which almost stretched to the door made me even more excited for the pizza to come. If people were willing to wait this long for pizza when there are a plethora of options in the Upstate, it had to be good. My friend snagged us a couple of menus so we could be ready with our order when we reached the counter. There are two types of pizza enthusiasts: Those who love to innovate pizza with unique flavors and toppings, and then there are your traditionalists who love nothing more than a simple pepperoni pie done right. Luckily, we covered both camps between the three of us.
One of my friends and I decided to split the large (18”) Buffalo Chicken Pizza, and my other friend ordered the small (14”) pepperoni. Despite the relative crowd, the pizza came out fast and hot. You don’t really know how large 18” is until it is in the form of a bubbling hot pizza staring you in the face. I am not joking when I say that these slices were bigger than my head, and that is saying something (finding hats is a nightmare for me….).
I couldn’t wait to dig in, but my brain was saying, “you don’t want pizza mouth.” That’s when scalding pizza burns the roof of your mouth and it hurts for days. However, my stomach was screaming, “PIZZA!”, and I suppose you can guess which voice won. And even as the gooey bubbly cheese burned my mouth, I couldn’t help but notice how amazing this pizza was. The buffalo sauce was spicy, but not incredibly so; the heat didn’t overpower the flavor. The cheese was melty and creamy. The crust was divine. For those of you who don’t know what I meant by New York style pizza, that is essentially a large flat pizza with a pillow-y, but not too thick crust.
As any NY pizza fanatic knows, the proper way to eat a pie of this style is to fold the slice in half lengthwise and insert it into your mouth, so the crust wraps around the gooey toppings. Some choose to fork and knife their pizza, but we don’t talk to those people as they are clearly amateurs. But I digress.
Back to the pizza. The crust was the perfect consistency. There was a slight crunch on the outside, but the inside was fluffy and soft. I snagged some of my friend’s pepperoni…for science. I am not the biggest pepperoni fan. Usually, it is just discs of overcooked meat in my opinion, but this pepperoni was decidedly not that. It tasted fresh with just enough zing. So THIS is how pepperoni is supposed to taste. Once again, the cheese was melted to perfection, and the crust was phenomenal. Suffice to say, this Pizza Expert™ was impressed.
Folks, don’t let the long line deter you. These people are waiting for a quality pizza, and you should too. Whether you like to try new toppings or keep it classic, you’ll be wanting more than just a slice from A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Café.