New gourmet pizza joint opens in Williamsburg

Dishing out dessert: Co-Owner Mitch Hymowitz holds up a specialty dessert at MidiCi Williamsburg’s grand opening.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

A new gourmet pizza joint fired up its ovens for the first time in Williamsburg on July 13, dishing out calzones, salads, and nearly 1,600 free margherita pizzas to hungry locals during a saucy grand opening bash!

Brooklyn pizza lovers called MidiCi’s fancy-pants pies a nice change of pace from the standard New York City slice.

“It was wonderful!” said guest Jacob Goldberg. “We don’t have a lot of that Neapolitan pizza [in New York] and this just felt cleaner, less doughy and not as greasy. It’s gourmet style pizza.”

Get it while it’s hot: Jacob Goldberg and Sami Mauskopf grab a slice of MidiCi’s margherita pizza on opening night.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

Restaurateurs Mitch Hymowitz and Jeannie Scalzo have always considered entering the pizza business, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that they decided to pursue their passion in earnest, and their passion led them to a N. Fourth Street storefront between Bedford and Driggs avenues.

“With the vibrant culture and amazing food scene, [Williamsburg] was naturally our first choice when deciding to open our restaurant,“ said Hymowitz.

But it was more than their love of pizzas that led them to the Brooklyn hipster Mecca, and Hymowitz has deep roots in the neighborhood.

I spy a pizza pie: Line Cook Jean Jennot and General Manager Dave Schafer hold up a freshly baked pie.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

“My father Seymour grew up in Williamsburg and it has remained a very special place for our family,” he said. “It’s a bit of a homecoming really and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring MidiCi to Brooklyn.”

Business naturally slowed following the free pizza giveaway, but Hymowitz hasn’t let that discourage him, he said.

They’re using the time to get everything operating like a “well-oiled machine” and creating a memorable experience for the guests that they have.

People line up as MidiCi fires up free Margherita Pizza’s on opening day!
Photo by Caroline Ourso

“We’re looking to be a mainstay in Brooklyn,” said Hymowitz.

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