Brooklyn Pizza Works and Italian Restaurant - Serving Placentia, Yorba Linda, Brea, Fullerton, & Other Orange County Cities.

Brooklyn Pizza Works and Italian Restaurant - Placentia, Yorba Linda, Fullerton, and Orange County
Brooklyn Pizza Works and Italian Restaurant - Placentia, Yorba Linda, Fullerton, and Orange County

Phone: 714-524-1260 Fax: 714-524-1267
1235 East Imperial Highway
Placentia, CA 92870-1718


Brooklyn Pizza Works and Italian Restaurant - Serving Placentia, Yorba Linda, Brea, Fullerton, & Other Orange County Cities.
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For Great Pizza go to Brooklyn

Brooklyn Pizza Works

(This article was written by Nick Anis.  It first appeared in the Weekly News in 1999.)

September 29, 2000 - It can be quite difficult for mom and pop pizzerias and Italian restaurants to make a go of it. Unfortunately, few eateries make it past their first anniversary. Brooklyn Pizza Work’s s, in Placentia, however, which opened its doors in 1979, is one of the notable exceptions. In 1981, Brooklyn Pizza Works was discovered by a food critic for the Orange County Register and was given the highly coveted "Best Pizza in Orange County" award for 1981 and 1982. Twenty years later, Brooklyn Pizza Works is still going strong and has developed quite a loyal following from far and wide, and in some cases, has second-generation clientele.

You will really notice the difference their ingredients make. The delicious homemade pizza crust and homemade pizza sauce (which are made fresh daily), "Real" brand whole milk mozzarella cheese, and fresh vegetables and meat toppings really makes a difference. But that’s not all. Another thing that makes this pizza so incredibly delicious is that it is cooked on stainless steel screens (making a nicely textured, crispy golden brown crust). A humongous convection pizza oven on premises can cook up to 25 large pizzas on these screens, in an average of six minutes to the delight of the patrons.

In case you are a pizza connoisseur like me, (my qualifications include being born and raised in New York City and once did a six month series on New York’s best pizza) you’ll really savor Brooklyn Pizza Works’ fabulous Neapolitan style (round thin crust) pizza. The dough is hand shaped (and yes, while stretching and shaping the pizza, chefs rhythmically toss it with aerobatic precision), placed on a cooking screen base, and carefully topped with ladles-full of delicious homemade pizza sauce with special Italian seasonings, and generously covered with thin sliced whole milk mozzarella cheese.

Sophie and Sam are hands-on owners. Sophie, who is cheerful, friendly, and professional, serves as hostess, cashier, and server. Sam, also personable but a bit more reserved, is always on the go. He has done every job in the restaurant at one time or another. Sam oversees the busy kitchen, deliveries, and management. The kitchen is well organized and spotless which explains why Brooklyn Pizza Works and Italian Restaurant has an "A" rating from the Health Department. Sam is also one of the back up cooks, but the team of a half dozen reliable and highly experienced kitchen staff has things well in hand. The head cook, Michael has been there over a decade. Michael (and the other cooks) have made literally hundreds of combinations and tens of thousands of pizzas. They are awesome when they toss ‘em! The cooking staff is also equally adept at preparing the wide range of traditional Italian entrées also on the menu.

That is right. Brooklyn Pizza Works (and Italian Restaurant) also has an extensive menu of delicious entrées including 12 appetizers, 7 side orders, 12 delicious stuffed calzones, 12 kinds of pizzas, plus hundreds of possible combinations, two-dozen entrées including over a dozen types of pasta dishes, and a dozen luscious desserts. New patrons are frequently surprised to learn about all the great stuff on the menu. All the original recipes that have made Brooklyn Pizza Works so popular over the past twenty years have been carefully preserved and refined. In the past year or two Sam and Sophie have also carefully added some new items like Penne ole’, Linguini Italiano, Shrimp Supreme Ole’ Ole’, Fettuccini Milano, and Pasta Primavera.

There are an almost endless combination of pizzas because Brooklyn Pizza Works offers your choice of ingredients such as Anchovies, Black Olives, Bell Peppers, Crab, Canadian-Style Bacon, Chicken, Crushed Garlic, Fresh tomatoes, Hot crushed peppers, Eggplant, Pineapple, Onions, Olive Oil, Sliced or Ground Pepperoni, Meatball, Sausage, Shrimp, Ricotta Cheese, Marcella Wine, and White Sauce.

The ambiance and décor are good. The service is good to very good. And the food is EXCELLENT! I was impressed with the friendly, professional service. They get your order right the first time and if you are not satisfied with something (for whatever reason) it’s promptly taken off your bill - no questions asked. Brooklyn Pizza Works has comfortable booths and tables with cloth napkins and fresh flowers. The place is light and airy, there are ceiling fans and it’s air-conditioned too. And there is plenty of cold beer on tap (Bud, Bud Light, Coors Light, and Rolling Rock) and in bottles, as well as wine and soft drinks. Beer and soda is available by the glass or by the pitcher. Refills for soft drinks sold by the glass are free and the entrées are served with fresh hot Italian bread (that’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside) - as much as you like. The tables are good sized and the Pizzas are served on topple-proof stands so the table doesn’t get too crowded. They also cut the pizza properly - which is a pet peeve of mine about some pizzerias. And since Brooklyn Pizza Works’ delicious pizza is served hot and fresh out of the oven you’ll also appreciate the china serving dishes (instead of flimsy paper plates) and the spatula they give you for serving and eating. If you order pizzas like The Pizza Works Special (pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and olives - $15.50 for a large 16" pizza) or other varieties with lots of toppings, instead of getting soggy pizza, you will be pleasantly surprised at how they prepare these pizzas just right so that the crust remains crispy.

Brooklyn Pizza Works has a respectable wine list. You can order Heritage Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and White Zinfandel, and Chablis, Vin Rose, and Burgundy, and Mondavi Chianti by the glass, half carafe, and carafe. You can also order white and red wines such as French Merlot, Italian Chianti, and California Chardonnay, and White Zinfandels by the glass and bottle.

Brooklyn Pizza Works has some dine in and take out specials. For example you can order 1 take out pizza and the second one is 1/2 price. One of these days I am ordering this special and having a tailgate party in their parking lot. If you are dining in, Brooklyn Pizza Works has a lasagna dinner special for two that comes with an antipasti and pitcher of soda or one half carafe of wine for $19.95. Brooklyn Pizza Works also has a frequent diner card. Your meal including beverage and dessert is free on your birthday. Monday night there is NFL football on a 52" wide screen TV with satellite broadcast of NFL and several sports channels. Free delivery is offered within a 3-mile radius. Pizzas and dinners are delivered in hot packs keeping them hot and fresh. Cold stuff like drinks and salads are kept chilled. On top of that, they get your order right and deliver it to you promptly.

I delighted in the homemade five-layer lasagna. It was D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S! This dish comes with five layers of lasagna noodles - with lots of meatballs and ground mild Italian sausage, mozzarella and ricotta cheese, and marinara sauce. It’s served with delicious, fresh hot bread and a crispy fresh house salad with a choice of homemade creamy garlic or Italian dressing. It was a good-sized portion and I knew I didn’t have too much of a chance of finishing it all, so I brought some home which made a great lunch the next day.

I also tried the antipasti which is crisp chilled baby iceberg lettuce, with sliced vine ripened Roma tomatoes, meat and cheese rolls, sliced pepperoni, peperoncinies, thin sliced sweet onions, in bite-size pieces and choice of homemade creamy garlic or Italian dressing.

My wife tried a White Calzone, a delicious pizza stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses and homemade marinara sauce, and a side serving of homemade marinara sauce. There are about a dozen varieties of these on the menu, which range from $5.95 for the Plain Calzone to $10.95 for the Crab Calzone. If you are going to order a calzone you might want to precede it with soup, salad, or antipasti, because soups and salads are a nice compliment and because calzones are made fresh and preparation can take 10 or 15 minutes.

Finally we get to my son’s David and Joey’s favorite part of a meal, dessert. A choice of eight desserts are offered for $2.50 including Mississippi Mud Pie, Spumoni Pie, Chocolate Heart Truffle, New York Cheese Cake, Chocolate Mousse Cake, and Tiramisu. They also serve my favorite Italian dessert, zapoles ($3.95) - a delicious batch of bite-size freshly fried dough dipped in powered sugar and served hot, fresh, and delicious. The scrumptious little darlings taste EXACTLY like the ones I used to get at the feast in Little Italy back in New York when I was my sons’ age.

For authentic delicious New York Style pizza and Italian entrees take your spouse and kids and go to "Brooklyn" - Brooklyn Pizza Works in Placentia. Don’t be surprised if you get hooked and become one of their regulars. As co-owner Sophie likes to say, "A pizza is a pizza, until you have tasted Brooklyn Pizza Works’ Pizza. Try us once, and you will be sure to come back and see us again."

For More Information Contact:

Brooklyn Pizza Works
1235 East Imperial Highway
Placentia, CA 92870-1718

Phone: 714-524-1260
Fax: 714-524-1267

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