BAY CITY, MI – Bay City’s Brooklyn Boyz has a new look, new menu items, outside seating, live entertainment, pizza and, of course, its famous garlic knots.
“It’s a pub with really dynamite food and pizza,” said owner Kevin Novellino.
But pizza isn’t all diners might expect to find on the menu. The popular pizzeria, located at 507 E. Midland St., also serves traditional bone-in wings, mozzarella sticks, breaded mushrooms, calzone, stromboli, pasta and more. Since its renovation this spring, the restaurant also has a new look and new menu items. Novellino said it’s a bit more laid back with a gourmet pub feel with new art, new lighting and TVs.
“We added a whole new look to the interior of the restaurant,” Novellino said. “We opened the dining room and enlarged the bar. We’ve added five new faucets, so now we have a total of nine craft beer faucets. “
One of his new menu items is the Fried Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese Bites.
“They’re delicious. They’re addictive, actually,” Novellino said with a laugh.
Brooklyn Boyz specialty pizzas include Veg Head pizza, topped with mushrooms, onions, green peppers and black olives, Hawaii 5-0 pizza, topped with ham, bacon and pineapple, pizza Greek, topped with feta, black olives, onions, red peppers and roasted tomatoes, the Wise Guy pizza, topped with sausage, onions and green peppers, and the white pizza, made with mozzarella, ricotta and parmesan, fresh garlic , spinach and broccoli and without red sauce. Prices for specialty pizzas range from $ 17.99 for a 12-inch to $ 24.99 for an 18-inch.
If you’re not in the mood for pizza, there’s also lobster and crab ravioli served with Alfredo blush sauce for $ 17.99, Bolognese lasagna, thick layers of noodles, bolognese, bechamel, marinara and ‘baked to perfection’ mozzarella, for $ 16.99, and basil pesto pasta made with fresh basil, olive oil, Romano cheese, garlic, salt and pepper mixed with your choice of pasta for $ 14.99.
And don’t forget the dessert. Brooklyn Boyz’s sweet offerings include an Italian cream cake filled with lemon cream and topped with vanilla cake crumbs and a dusting of sugar, a flourless chocolate pie made with Belgian semi-sweet chocolate, of butter, cocoa powder and vanilla, a tiramisu described as “clouds of light mascarpone cream on cushions of lady’s fingers soaked in coffee and brandy and finished with imported sweet cocoa”, and more .
Brooklyn Boyz has always offered street food, but recently expanded it to allow for social distancing, Novellino said. There is live music on the bridge on Wednesday evenings and Midland Street is closed on Friday and Saturday nights to allow for even more outdoor seating, he said. The pizzeria also offers indoor dining and take-out.
Novellino said business was stable but had not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels. In addition, take out orders represent a larger share of sales than usual.
“We were probably doing 16-20% take-out before, before the pandemic, and right now we’re still running 50% take-out, 50% restaurants,” he said.
Novellino said he was grateful to his loyal customers.
“We have been very much and well supported by the community as a whole,” he said.
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