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Monday, January 9, 2012

Saraghina in Brooklyn, NY

So when I walked up to the restaurant, I thought it was closed or had changed locations.  I mean look at that building.  It looks beat up, run down, and to be blunt, it looks abandoned.  So I pull up the navigation on my phone and I walk away from the building.  A minute later, I realized that I'm walking away... can it be?  Is that really the restaurant?

Yes, yes it is... and boy I sure am glad that I turned my ass around.  This place was a great start to my food adventures in New York.

Walking in, the atmosphere is totally different.  The dining room is clean and pleasant.  It's very inviting and it makes you feel like you are visiting a relative's house.  It's very homey and spacious.  Very different from most other New York restaurants.

Though New York may be considered the food capital of the US, there's one specific thing I think about when I think about New York cuisine -- New York thin crusted pizza.  Yes, I'm a thin crust type of guy.  I want the crust thin and I want to taste the toppings on the pizza.  Saraghina does it right.

We start off with a carafe of wine.  Their house wine is inexpensive and of good quality.  I think that huge carafe is $24.  Great deal.  Don't miss out on this wine.  Order it with your pizza.  You won't regret it.  Unless you drink too much.  Then that's different.  You might regret it then...

Moving on, we ordered a margherita pizza for three of us.  It was just enough for a weekday lunch.

Simple, but delicious.  You have your fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce and your basil.  You don't need anything else.  This isn't a Pizza Hut pizza.  This is the real deal.  Delicious and sweet tomato, good quality mozzarella and basil to meld everything together.  Happiness in a bite.

And of course happiness only increases with dessert.  Their tiramisu was delightfully rich and smooth.

This is one of the few places in New York where you sit down to enjoy your meal.  Where you relax and you enjoy your lazy afternoon.

Nom noms

435 Halsey St
Brooklyn, NY 11233