It's after midnight and the train dumps hipsters back into their native habitat. They stream up the stairway and flow out onto Bedford Avenue. Many of them are hungry. Many of them end up at Anna Maria. You can say one thing about the slices here: You will always get a fresh, hot piece of pizza. I have never been here when it's not slammed with people, and this constant patronage guarantees that pies are constantly refreshed. Although, as the girl behind me in line on a recent night told her friend, "You should forget about what pizza you want, and just ask for whatever's available."
Fortunately, a regular slice pie had just come up when I stopped in, because the chicken Caesar salad pizza just wasn't callin' to me.
The plain slice at Anna Maria is OK. It's decently balanced—not too saucy, not too cheesy, not too bready. It's not overly sweet on the sauce nor does the sauce have that much flavor. It's just the sort of middle-of-the-road pizza that seems to serve its purpose admirably—feeding late-night revelers on their way to or from the bars.
Anna Maria Pizza (Williamsburg)
179 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11211 (at North 7th Street; map) 718-599-4550
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