Crowd-Funded Pizzeria Set to Fire Up Sweet and Savory Pies in Clinton Hill

By Janet Upadhye on January 10, 2014 1:28pm 

CLINTON HILL — It takes a village to make a pizza.

Community members donated more than $16,000 on Kickstarter to help husband-and-wife team Emily and Matt Hyland bring a wood-burning pizza oven to their new Clinton Hill restaurant.

Emily restaurant — which is set to open on Jan. 22 at 919 Fulton St. — will serve both sweet and savory pies, including pizza topped with mozzarella, Taleggio cheese, pistachios, truffle spread and honey, and a tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, pickled chilies and honey pie, the owners said.

"Matt has always been interested in creating new pizza recipes," Emily Hyland said. "He is an impassioned pizzaiolo who loves nothing more than spending his days in front of the fiery oven he calls home."

Matt Hyland, who has worked as a chef in New York City for more than a decade, has done stints with The Spotted Pig in the West Village and was also co-owner of Park Slope pizzeria Brooklyn Central. He also spent a recent summer testing pizza recipes, documenting his progress on a blog called Pizza Test Kitchen.

The restaurant will also serve sweet pies such as honey and pistachio, as well as a graham cracker dusted calzone stuffed with marshmallows and chocolate, along with pastas and salads, according to Zagat.

The Hylands wrote how excited they were about their new oven on their Kickstarter page.

"The pizza oven operates — literally and figuratively — exactly like a fireplace," they wrote. "It is a place around which people come together to sit fireside and share memories over the warmth of pizza."

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