Crushing on Emily

Dreamy pizza and pasta in Clinton Hill
Emily is a charming new pizzeria in Clinton Hill
Italian Pizza at Emily in Clinton Hill
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Emily Hyland weaves through the tiny, packed dining room in Clinton Hill, her hair back in a long braid, carrying the hot, exquisite pizza that is going to turn your day around. Her husband Matt Hyland made it and it's draped in salty cured ham and dried figs, with dots of melted blue cheese and a pile of arugula.

And then, because life is good, she comes back with another. A puff of soft dough, black and blistered at the edges, this one covered in pepperoni, thick slices of pickled chiles and a drizzle of honey over some mozzarella that was made this afternoon.

The pizzas ($11 to 19) at Emily are all fantastic, but then so is pretty much everything. Did you order the pasta? Make sure you order some pasta. Matt Hyland dresses trumpet-shaped frills in a sticky and absurdly delicious duck ragu, then grates over just the right amount of nutmeg ($16). He fries a few curry leaves to season the spaghetti with nduja and a poached egg ($17).

Emily is the kind of place where young families pass around a Caesar salad ($9) and couples wave to the friends they spotted a few tables away and no one really gets upset when the bathroom door opens an inch, even though it's locked, because everyone is just so happy to be there.

After dinner, after the monster of a marshmallow and chocolate-stuffed calzone ($10), you might experience some pangs of jealousy. After all, you have to go home to the East Village, to Carroll Gardens, to the Upper East Side, or wherever, but some of these people live here. They will become regulars at Emily--a brilliant new neighborhood restaurant in its sweet, early days.

  • Matt and Emily Hyland opened their charming Clinton Hill restaurant last month. The Emily, above, is one of four white pizzas on the menu--it's covered in pistachios and honey.

  • Pasta from Sfoglini, a shop nearby in Brooklyn, is served with Matt Hyland's excellent duck ragu. 

  • Matt and Emily Hyland raised the money for their beautiful pizza oven on Kickstarter. 

  • Emily Hyland, left, and the Emily team, tuck into a pizza before service.

  • A salad with thinly sliced crispy pig ears, winter greens and a well-balanced mustard vinaigrette.

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Emily 919 Fulton St. Brooklyn 11238 347-844-9588

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