Although Best Margarita might not yet be swimming in figurative dough, they’re certainly making plenty of the literal stuff. “Since we opened [January 1st] it’s been great,” said Karim Ahmed, the restaurant’s manager, master chef, and self-proclaimed “doctor of pizza.”
“I predict that soon we’ll have a line out the door for our pizza!” Ahmed declared. They already have their share of satisfied customers, thanks to a hearty menu.
Best Margarita offers four different pies: Margarita, Artichoke, Sicilian, and Crab. “Our margarita pizza is, of course, ‘the best,’ and one of our most popular,” Ahmed said. The margarita comes with a thin, crispy crust, topped with tomato sauce, basil, and four kinds of cheeses. The thick, square-cut Sicilian is also covered with basil. “Our artichoke pizza is most popular with young people,” added Ahmed. The artichoke slice boasts inches-thick crust, plenty of cheese, and is enough to feed two people.
Since Best Margarita’s slices are huge and cheesy, this isn’t the place for those watching their waistline. However, this is the place to score a filling meal at a reasonable price. A slice ranges from only $3.25 (Margarita, Sicilian) to $4.25 (Artichoke, Crab).
Soups are: Lobster Bisque, Cream Chicken, Clam Chowder, and Minestrone ($3.99-$4.99). Sandwiches: Roast Beef with au jus ($4.50), and Pastrami on rye ($5.50). “Pastrami is our specialty and that is my secret to cooking it,” Ahmed revealed, pointing to a large steel pot over the oven. “The pastrami comes out soft and delicious.”
Sides include: hand-cut fries, mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers, breadsticks, and garlic knots, the last of which are cooked to order.
They also offer carnivalesque desserts: cinnamon sticks, fried Oreos, and simple, yet delicious zeppole. Every restaurant has its own take on the Italian pastry. At Best Margarita, zeppole are deep-fried dough balls covered in powered sugar. They come in seven big pieces for $4.
“I give zeppoles to the kids that are going by for free. They love them,” Ahmed said. “Kids keep coming back for them, so I’m kinda like the Zeppelos dealer,” he joked. “We also want to start making funnel cakes, fried ice cream, and fried candy bars, too.”
In keeping with the colorful menu, the atmosphere of the store is bright and retro. The orange walls are covered with paintings and photos of fifties iconography, such as I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, Elvis Presley, and The Three Stooges. “We got a really great local artist [Brian Kenny] to do the paintings,” said Ahmed. “We’re really happy with his work. He’s from the neighborhood, very fast and professional.”
Ahmed is intensely enthusiastic about his new business and his craft. “I remember being a kid and watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and how they loved pizza. I’d walk around the house with pita bread, pretending to bake. It’s been my dream ever since.” He added, “Some people dream of going to the moon, I dreamed of making pizza, and this place has made my dream come true.”
Best Margarita is also planning to open two other locations in the North Brooklyn area, so keep your eyes peeled! Until then, when strolling down Norman Avenue, let the smell of pizza baking lure you in.
Best Margarita Pizza
172 Norman Avenue
Open every day from 11am-11pm