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Believe it! Paulie Gee’s has opened in Greenpoint

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By 6 pm sharp, a horde of people had already gathered in front of Paulie Gee’s, clamoring to try the first pies of a certified pizza madman — all this for a man who last summer was still just a pizza enthusiast, making pies in his backyard.

For months, Twitter, Facebook, foodie blogs, and even pizza blogs kept sounding the alarm that the opening was imminent. But the delays only fueled the excitement.

“We heard this place was opening at 5:30 and rushed to be the first,” said Nathan Maxwell Cann, 24, who had the honor of getting the first pizza that Paulie Gee, aka Paul Giannone, pulled from the oven, a pie called the Greenpointer that features homemade fior de latte, arugula from the Rooptop Farms, fresh lemon juice and shaved Parmigiano. “It’s fantastic and it’s beautiful. It really raised the bar for pizza in the neighborho­od.”

The pie — a Neapolitan-style cloud of dough — developed a cultish following while Giannone was still a quality assurance engineer by day, churning out pies by night in a homemade brick oven in his New Jersey backyard.

The eatery is in the old Paloma space, but with a significant facelift — Giannone hired hOmE, the design team behind the Manhattan Inn, to give the place a rustic feel that includes reclaimed wooden tables and tin ceilings and walls.

“I almost don’t believe it,” said Giannone, beaming in front of his imported brick oven. “This really is a dream come true.”

Pizza lovers will feel the same way.

Paulie Gee’s [60 Greenpoint Ave. between Franklin and West streets in Williamsburg, (347) 987-3747]

Updated 5:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Caseyspizzas from San Francisco says:
Congrats to Paulie. He's redefining pizza in the burroughs. Looking forward to a pilgrimage.
March 11, 2010, 11:55 am
Sherry from Greenpoint says:
Please correct the copy regarding the location. The establishment is well within Greenpoint and at least a mile, if not more, away from Williamsburg.
March 12, 2010, 11:56 am
Sherry from Greenpoint says:
Please correct the copy regarding the location. The establishment is well within Greenpoint and is at least a mile, if not more, away from Williamsburg.
March 12, 2010, 11:56 am
Sheryl from Greenpoint says:
I just don't believe it, I'm literally comming in my pants!
March 13, 2010, 8:32 am
Juniper from Greenpoint says:
How is Greenpoint ave and Franklin Street listed as Williamsburg ?
March 14, 2010, 3:03 pm
Candy from Greenpoint says:
Wow, this is such good news. I am also coming in my pants. This is major butter for out nabe.
March 15, 2010, 2:11 pm
Carly from Williamsburg says:
OOOoooh paulice Gee! Love you! Coming in my pants for your food!
March 16, 2010, 3:19 pm

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