Dave Sheridan's pizzeria Wheated, located on Church Ave in Brooklyn, might have the best bar and alcohol selection of any pizzeria we've been to. Sheridan, a Kentucky native, has built an impressive whiskey list that rivals any in the city and, even if you're not a whiskey drinker, you're sure to find a cocktail that's made to your liking. But even as remarkable as the drinks are at Wheated, it's the electric, Italian deck oven and the delicious pies it cranks out that are the true stars of the show.
We visited Wheated on a Thursday night to hang with Dave and his team, enjoy some pies and learn more about details that go into the pizza and drinks on the menu. The first thing you'll notice upon entering Wheated is the bar and the wall of whiskey bottles lining the overpass. It's an instant cue that you've entered a special restaurant. At the time of our visit, the pizzeria featured approximately 570 different whiskeys. No that's not a typo.
The sourdough pies served at Wheated are made using the same starter that Sheridan used to make pizzas at home back in his amateur pizza-making days. Baked at 700 F in the restaurant's Moretti Forni, electric deck oven, the pizzas are Neapolitan-inspired but crispier on the bottom than true Neapolitan pizza, a feature we like.
The pizzas are named after Brooklyn neighborhoods like the Sunset Park: hot sopressata, tomato sauce, fresh & aged mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano. And for all you MHH fans, bottles of Mike's Hot Honey are available on every table for self-service drizzling.
Between the drinks, pizza and atmosphere, Wheated should be a stop on any NYC pie lover's hit list. To hear more about Wheated and Dave's story, check out episode 4 of the Mike's Hot Honey Podcast below.
For more info on Wheated visit http://wheatedbrooklyn.com/.