It was only a week ago that I first got word that a new pizzeria, Padrino's, was in the works in the space last occupied by a small electronics shop on Fifth between Ninth and Tenth, and on Saturday the slice joint opened for business.
It's a fairly straightforward, no-frills space, with a counter displaying the pies up front and a decent-sized, if sterile, seating area in the back.
The menu is about what you would expect from a New York pizzeria, with a small selection of appetizers like garlic bread, mozzarella sticks, and chicken rolls, a few salads, heros including meatball parm and grilled chicken with broccoli rabe, and your usual assortment of penne and linguini in sauce. There are also baked dishes like stuffed shells and lasagna, and entrees like veal parm served with your choice of pasta. Fried calzones are also available.
Pizza is clearly the main draw, though, and plain pies sell for $14 (slices are $2). Sicilian and "Grandma"-style pies are also available, with traditional toppings going for $3, as well as some more oddball ones like salad, buffalo chicken, pancetta and arugula, and sausage with broccoli rabe. There's also a Nutella Lover's Pie, topped with Nutella and your choice of strawberry, banana, or marshmallow.
Padrino's, 450 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. 347-987-3331. Free Delivery.