I had put Kings County Pizza on my must try list over a year ago and there it laid dormant til Fatgirl Hedonist brought up Kings County Pizza in conversation a few months ago.
I was kinda overwhelmed as to what exactly I should order as the Pizza is the obvious choice but I remember someone mentioning the Baked Ziti (advice which I ignored).
I figure I couldn’t go wrong with some Garlic Knots and a slice of their Neapolitan Pizza to start with.
Those knots were just so perfect. I particularly liked the black pepper specks which added a little to the back-end of the bite. I’m not a “crust” guy but if any pie could change my mind it would have to be this one.
The bottom of the crust is covered in cornmeal which adds a really great dimension of texture and taste. No need for that horrendous garlic butter served with all the fast food pizza to dip your bread and/cornicione in. And that sweet sauce….this is real deal goodness.
I wasn’t about to leave without trying one of their “Heroes” or Subs as we Floridians call it. The whole “Heroes” thing was kinda thrust upon when I met my friend Gerther about 20 years ago. I was born in NYC but only lived there for a few years before my family decided to move down to South Florida.
He had just moved here from Queens with all his New York lingo. Whenever we’d order from the Pizza Joint nearest to my parent’s house (R.I.P. Frank’s Pizza on SW 8th Street and 81st) he would do the whole “Heroes” thing. When I visited NYC with him a year later I had the tables turned on me as it was the only way to order. I still ask for Subs but if I’m in a New York state of mind, “Heroes” it is.
I couldn’t decided between the Meatball Parmesan Hero or Chicken Parmesan Hero. When you can’t decide you do the only logical thing, you order both!
They both have in common this crunchy great
sub Hero bread, Mozzarella Cheese and their Homemade Sauce.
The Meatball Hero has some nice sized, soft and flavorful Meatballs. It was good but not the best I’ve had.
Now, the Chicken Parmesan Hero is up there with the best I’ve had. The breading on the Chicken was the tipping point. If you could choose only one, then the Chicken Parmesan is the one to go with.
Oh but my adventure is not over. I ended up ordering an Old World Pie (the traditional Margherita, thin & crispy topped with fresh mozzarella, crushed tomato, basil & olive oil) before leaving. Enjoyed one slice and took the rest to go.
I discovered that what I referred to as “real deal” earlier has now been upgraded to “this is some serious shit”. I hope to be back this weekend to try out the Salt & Pepper Wings as well as the Baked Ziti. And maybe a Slice or Hero or two.
Subsequent Visits To Kings County:
Gerther, Where You At?
Eat Pizza like a King:
Kings County Pizza
18228 West Dixie Highway North Miami Beach, FL 33160