Roman hideaway: Pizza spot opens today at the end of Red Hook

Roman hideaway: Pizza spot opens today at the end of Red Hook
Anna Solomonson

Get a slice of Rome in Red Hook!

A new Roman-style pizza joint and Italian eatery will take over a historic Red Hook warehouse this weekend. Hoek, which opens on Aug. 2, takes its name from both the neighborhood’s Dutch roots, and from its location at the end of Red Hook, said one of its co-owners.

“When Dutch settlers first put down their roots in Red Hook they named the place ‘Rood Hoek’ because of the color of the soil and shape of the land. Hoek means point or corner, and that’s why we named our restaurant Hoek, because it’s on the corner of Red Hook,” said Anna Solomon.

She and her husband and co-owner, Kenny Solomon, live just a few blocks from their new pizza spot, and most of their staff also lives in the neighborhood.

Family business: Kenny Solomonson and his son cook Roman style pizza.
Anna Solomonson

Kenny Solomon grew up in Rome, Italy, and felt that his new neighborhood could use a taste of his homeland, said his wife.

“Kenny has worked in the industry his whole life, but this is his first venture in opening his own place, and feels like Red Hook reminded him of home. He knew that it was the right spot to open up and dedicate a place to serving authentic Roman food and pizza,” said Anna Solomon.

Roman style pizzas have a thin crust, with toppings that extend to the edge. Hoek uses a special “double zero” flour for its dough, which means that diners will not feel bloated after devouring the gooey slices, said Anna Solomon.

The pizzas feature special cheese options, including fior di latte and buffalla mozzarella, and the couple have created a white pizza topped with gorgonzola dulce, pancetta, and potatoes.

Photo by Caroline Ourso

The restaurant will also include an extensive wine list, beer options, salads, and sandwiches, which eaters can enjoy while looking out on the Statue Of Liberty and Red Hook’s Valentino Pier.

“We really want to be the place locals can come after work and relax in a beautiful atmosphere,” Anna Solomon said.

Hoek (177 Ferris St. at Van Dyke Street in Red Hook, www.hoekbrooklyn.com). Open Sun, Tue–Thu, noon–11 p.m. Fri–Sat, noon–midnight. Closed on Mondays.

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Their piece of the pie: Hoek pizza spot owners Kenny and Anna Solomon, shown with their daughter, Lexi Ramirez-Solomon, will officially open their restaurant on Aug. 3.
Photo by Caroline Ourso