BY TRISHA SAKHUJA
Brother’s Pizzeria, located at 185-04 Horace Harding Expy., is one of the neighborhood’s longstanding traditions.
The local pizzeria in Fresh Meadows is one that everyone knows to go to when they are craving a good, cheese slice.
Since the original owners opened the doors 51 years ago, Megan Haring, one of the newest owners, said, “We have kept the same recipes, so nothing has changed at all.”
One of the only changes that took place at the restaurant is that the original owner retired and sold his beloved pizzeria to Dennis Koines, Haring said.
Haring said Koines started to work at the pizzeria as a delivery boy, 18 years ago and when the opportunity arose to buy the restaurant, he did not hesitate.
“It was a very easy transition for all those involved,” she said. “All the customers already knew him.”
Even though Haring took part ownership of the restaurant only four years ago, she said she has fit very well with the dynamics of the pizzeria.
“It’s great,” she said. “I love dealing with all of the customers.”
Both Haring and Koines work together to keep the restaurant’s recipes a staple of their business, Haring said.
Families have come back for generations because of the “comfort level and the hominess of the place,” Haring said.
Overall, she said families come here to “feel relaxed and eat good food.”
In its 51 years, Haring said, “Everybody knows everybody by name.”
Haring said the secret to their success is in the hands of their pizza maker, Joe.
“Joe, our pizza maker, has been here for over 40 years,” Haring said. “He’s from Italy. He remembers people when they were little kids and now they are grandparents.”
Even though the restaurant offers a variety of Italian-American dishes, their most sold pizza is a traditional New York-style slice.
“Just a regular standard slice has been the biggest seller and it’s been the same since they opened the doors,” she said.
Some of other favorites at Brother’s Pizzeria include their pasta dishes, such as spaghetti, baked ziti, ravioli, baked stuff shells, manicotti and baked lasagna, Haring said.
They also offer hot and cold heroes, she said. The selection of cold heroes includes salami, provolone, lettuce and tomato. Among the choices for hot heroes are chicken cutlet parmigiana, veal cutlet parmigiana, sausage parmigiana, meatball parmigiana, eggplant parmigiana and more.
Haring spoke highly of their appetizers, especially their baked clams. As for their homemade soup, Haring said that is a must have with every meal.
The pizzeria is open from Sunday to Thursday, from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, it is open from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. They only accept cash and they offer delivery with a minimum order of $10. They also offer take out and catering services.
Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Tsakhuja13.