New pizza in Heights

A new pizza pie hit the eye of Brooklyn Heights on Tuesday: Light, tasty cheese with a touch of crisp, browned dough. DellaRocco’s Pizza of Brooklyn opened its doors to the public at 214 Hicks St., between Montague and Remsen streets, next door to the Heights Café which is owned by the same family.

“We’ve always wanted to own a real Neapolitan pizza restaurant here in Brooklyn,” Greg Markman said. As soon as the stores next to the Heights Café vacated, he, his brother Glenn and the family made their move.

The soft opening that took place prior to the official opening. Photo by John B. Manbeck

For authentic Italian stewardship, Joe Secondario, another partner, brought over the chef primero, Pasquale Cozzolino, from Naples. He offers 13 varieties of red, white and salad pizzas.

The exclusive pie is the Dellarocco: Smoked buffalo mozzarella, broccoli di rabe, Italian sweet sausage, red pepper and garlic.

The menu also lists appetizers, calzoni, salads and desserts. Drinks from a wine and beer bar supplement the food. The pizza café seats about 50 at tables and a dozen at the bar. The décor of black and white is accented by a red wood fired oven imported from Italy.

Photo by John B. Manbeck

The gourmet Brooklyn pizza chefs use homemade cheeses and imported oils that make the pies light but satisfying with a variety of fillings and thin crusts. The result is a taste more like European pizza than the traditional Brooklyn type.

The café plans to be open every day from 12 to 10 p.m.