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Daily Slice: Carmine's II, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Daily Slice gives a quick snapshot each weekday of a different slice or pie that the folks at the Serious Eats empire have enjoyed lately.

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

In the shadow of the BQE, a few steps from the Lorimer subway stop in Williamsburg, lies Carmine's Pizzeria II. Equipped with a spacious back patio, a beer and wine license, and an arsenal of more than 25 different pizzas, Carmine's II offers almost too many choices.

I made like Brutus and took a stab at the Caesar (Chicken Caesar, to be exact). And, friends, Romans, and countrymen, I am here to praise it. The pizza is loaded with warm—yet unwilted—romaine lettuce on a sturdy flatbread crust. Resting upon the lettuce are tender strips of marinated chicken breast and a shimmering drizzle of Caesar dressing. Parmesan shavings make their presence known with each savory bite. Free-floating croutons complete the slice aesthetically and the ones that don't end up on the floor contribute a crunch.

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[Photograph: Shawn Amaro]

Sure, the slice is really just a salad on flatbread, but how often can you pick a salad up with your hands?

Carmine's Pizzeria II

436 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (map)
718-218-8770; CarminesPizzeria.com

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