As a huge fan of pizza, I’m ALWAYS in search of a good slice! So when I saw online reviews touting a new NY pizza spot, Peri Brothers Pizza, my curiosity was piqued. Located up on Six Forks Road, something seemed oddly familiar about this spot. But thankfully an event took me up to N. Raleigh and I had a chance to stop in and see what all the pizza excitement was about.
Located in a large strip mall on the far left side, Peri Brothers Pizza sits on an uplifted section of the plaza near a McDonalds. As soon as I pull up, I recognize this location, it used to be the old Fugheddaboutit Pizza which then became Camos Brothers. Well it looks like the Peri Brothers have stepped in now. Inside Peri Brothers Pizza, the place looks pretty much the same. NYC memorabilia on the walls but it looks a bit cleaned up and open. In back they’ve got the order counter with a display of pies for single slices along with some beer taps.
I’ve just left a hummus tasting so I’m pretty well-stuffed but there’s always room for pizza! Oh and look, Peri Brothers Pizza has Italian ice, too. Muahaha, all of a sudden I’m feeling hungry and regress back to a calorie-deficient teen mentality. Could I have two slices of pizza and an Italian ice, please?! I chat with the owner up front and it looks like Peri Brothers has kept the same chef/pizza-maker from the old Fugheddaboutit days so I’m feeling pretty good about my choice.
As I sit a a small formica table waiting for my food, I watch customers flow in and out. There’s definitely a NY feel and the 80’s rock piped out on the speakers overhead make me feel a bit nostalgic! Five minutes later, my two slices are brought out to my table, piping hot. Two good-sized slices (along with a bonus garlic knot), I’m going with a basic cheese and classic pepperoni. Taking a peek underneath, I notice the crust is perfectly browned. These Peri Brothers slices are firm but floppy with good sauce and cheese coverage, it looks like your proto-typical NY slice. And a couple of bites in, I know we’ve got the real deal here! Nice tangy sauce with plenty of garlic, soft seared cheese along with the well-made crust makes for deliciousness. I’m wolfing down my slices and realize yeah, I’ve already eaten too much! Time for some self-control and a take-home box.
At the counter, I grab my box and ask for my Italian ice. It’s a $1 for a scoop and I’m going with the banana daiquiri and classic cherry. The ice is a perfect ending on a warm day and takes me back to simpler times when I lived up north. And Peri Brothers Pizza is just that, a throw-back pizza experience very reminiscent of your classic NY pizzerias in the Northeast. Bonus here, while the pizza is as good as it always used to be, service here is MUCH more pleasant and customer-service oriented. And that’s why Peri Brothers Pizza is rocking out those stars online. After one visit, I whole-heartedly agree and will be back soon for some more za…