Speedy Romeo

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It seems like there’s a highfaluting artisan pizza place on every corner in Brooklyn, and Speedy Romeo, in Bed Stuy, is no exception.

On a busy Friday night, a friend and I visited the bustling spot at around 9:30, in search of a late dinner which would satiate us before we proceeded to a nearby bar to pour booze down our thirsty little throats.

We started with the Speedy Romeo Ceasar, and the Grilled Octopus with almond romesco, crispy potato, and celery. I am a sucker for octopus, and this dish epitomized why: it was tender, succulent, and the accoutrement provided the perfect balance of crunchy freshness and rich, nutty, savory deliciousness.

This was a good omen for things to come.

When you’re visiting a new pizza joint, it’s always a good litmus test to opt for a fairly simple pie, so that you can get a sense of how well the basic components present themselves. We chose the Margherita (tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil, oregano and chili) and added pepperoni and mushrooms for good measure.

Everything was balanced and tasty, and came together to form a passably yummy wood-fired pizza pie. In fact, I have no concrete complaints about the pizza, though I will say that it lacked that certain wow-factor that I’ve encountered in pizzas of my past.

Speedy Romeo is a solid spot, but if you’re in the general area and you’re looking for some next level pizza, I recommend traveling to Saraghina instead.