Unsure of what type of cuisine to order last weekend, I knew I wanted something hot, tasty and easy to carry home. So I logged into SeamlessWeb and browsed through the selection in Park Slope. Antonio’s Pizzeria quickly caught my eye with its five-star customer ratings and when I checked out their menu, I was extra excited to see they offered whole wheat options and lots of vegetable toppings for their pizzas, calzones, and rolls. I placed a pickup order for a Spinach & Broccoli Pinwheel, a Garden Salad, a Pepperoni Calzone, and a slice of Wheat Veggie Pizza with Artichokes. Boy was I in for a feast!
I’ve always considered myself an Italian food lover, but I must confess I knew nothing about pinwheels. Now let me enlighten you: a pinwheel looks just like a huge cinnamon roll minus the sugar and cinnamon. For me, the layers of perfectly rolled dough housed mass amounts of broccoli florets and a light layer of Mozzarella and it was baked to perfection. The outer edges were dark brown and sides were golden and soft. For $1.75 I expected something about the size of a garlic knot, but this pinwheel more than surpassed my expectations. It literally filled my hand and they used just enough oil to keep the dough moist without making my full hand greasy.
Next was the Garden Salad. It was also rather large for an appetizer and it came with iceberg lettuce, thick tomato wedges, red onions, and green olives with a pit. The ingredients were fresh, but I could have done without the olive pit. I love olives, but I love my teeth way more!
The veggie pizza slice was, well, it was absolutely amazing! And I have to pat myself on the back for adding the artichokes. The whole wheat dough and combination of mozzarella, broccoli, and peppers was good, but the artichokes pushed thing over the edge to greatness. Just how great? I NEVER finish my crust, but for this slice, I made an exception.
The Pepperoni Calzone was not exactly what I expected, but that’s probably because I’ve never eaten a calzone before. Yes, yes, I know this may come as a shock, but I am not perfect. Having nothing to compare it to, I can only speak as a first-timer. I loved the golden brown dough, but I wasn’t impressed by the mass amounts of flavorless ricotta cheese. Why not more mozzarella? All in all, there just wasn’t enough flavor in the calzone. Looking back, a side of marinara might have saved the day, but even then I think that Antonio’s has better options for next time I visit.
And yes, I said the next time I visit. Antonio’s Pizzeria is a neighborhood place that left me plenty satisfied. It was a nice experience overall and they deserve a solid B.
Check out Antonio’s Pizzeria menu and feel free to give us recommendations for future orders in the comments.