Pizza for Grownups
"i'm in park slope," my son said when i called to assess his after-school whereabouts.
"what are you doing there?"
"what are you eating?"
"he went all the way? to brooklyn? to eat pizza?" my daughter asked, incredulous. but anyone with a teenage son knows that pizza and "hanging" go together like mozzarella and tomatoes. and those ingredients are about the only ones you'll likely find on a teenager's slice, whether it's from pino's in park slope or coronet on my corner.
while i appreciate a plain pie, i also like a grown-up pizza, with grown-up toppings. that's what you'll find in two boots, now, happily, on the upper west side. i ordered the bella ($3.75), named for hat-wearing congresswoman bella abzug. it is slathered with spinach/artichoke dip and cream cheese-the kind of dip you'd avoid in a hollowed out bread bowl, but which is luscious on top of the sturdy, crunchy crust and when freshened with chopped jalapeño and a sprinkling of cayenne. another adult-rated choice is the bayou beast, which features bbq shrimp, crawfish and andouille sausage.
with its adventurous pies and '60s-themed folk art and music, two boots appeals to food-obsessed boomers, but it's teen friendly-too: $2.50 for a plain slice/soda from 12-5.
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