Newborn: Sac’s Place
So, Jackson Heights finally got good pizza. Not a Motorino or even a Milktooth. No brussels sprouts or negronis–are you insane? Believe me, I’m good with grandma slices, garlic knots, and meatball heroes, the sort of classics you take for granted in many New York neighborhoods. This is Sac’s, a new branch of a popular Astoria Italian restaurant that recently opened a block from my apartment, which is to say in the Latino section of Jackson Heights sitting among two of the best Uruguayan bakeries. The world needs empanadas and calzones, though.
It feels more like a takeout counter operation, though there are eight tables configured in twos and fours, and more substantial entree specials, like the lasagna (cheese or meat) and wild mushroom ravioli announced out front on one of my visits.
So far, I’ve tried a few slices, a pepperoni roll that was nearly hefty as a calzone, and a whole pie. The “mama,” simple with full moons of fresh mozzarella and basil atop what read as a zippy sauce, chunky with San Marzano tomatoes, and tart. (I say “read as” because lately tomatoes, even roasted grape tomatoes which barely qualify as tomatoes, taste acidic to me and I’m not sure if that’s accurate or something I’ve done to my palate with new prescription drugs.) and a white slice, creamier and milder, obviously, which I liked well enough to order as a whole pie with sweet Italian sausage (ground up and blobby not firm and sliced, a surprise) another time.
Unsurprisingly, the Jackson Heights doesn’t have a coal oven that lends that trademark char to the thin crust. Here, it’s a little floppier. No complaints. Ok, just one–with Sac’s now on the scene, I can no longer justify ordering Hawaiian pizzas in the neighborhood. It would be a shame.
Sac’s Place * 86-14 37th Ave., Jackson Heights, NY
Krista, what a fantastic and comprehensive review! Thank you so much for the positive words. We are indeed a classic NYC pizzeria without pretense and we’re thrilled to be in the Latino section of Jackson Heights. The neighborhood is great and our hero bread is from one of those Uruguayan bakeries. We’re very happy you are enjoying the new place and look forward to more visits from you in the future. Sincerely, Domenico Sacramone
P.S. Your Goodies First blog is quite entertaining.
I will definitely be visiting more in the future. Next on my list is trying one of those heroes.
I had the pleasure if sitting down with Domenico, the iwner if Sac’s about a week ago. As a business owner and a J Jackson Heights-lifer, I have seen many businesses come and go. This food is the real deal. Wishing Domenico and his family success and a long life here.
My fiance is from Italy and he will be so happy to see that we finally have GOOD pizza in our neighborhood!