Brooklyn Bakery, Olean
On a recent family visit to Olean in Cattaraugus County, I hunted down Brooklyn Bakery. This wood-fired bakery/pizzeria has been open for a few years now, but I’d been unaware of it until recently.
And when I say that I hunted it down, I mean I hunted it down. Tucked away on a side street, and partially hidden from view even from that street, it’s not the easiest place to find. But I managed to track it down, and it was worth the effort.
You can make good, bad, or just mediocre pizza in any type of oven, wood-fired, gas, electric or otherwise. But one constant I’ve found is that good pizza is baked by people who have a passion for what they’re doing. And building your own wood-fired oven is a pretty strong indication that you are dedicated to the art of baking.
As is Michael DiPaola, the founder and owner of Brooklyn Bakery. DiPaola, who opened the bakery in August 2011, clearly has a vision of what he wants to do. It’s a business, but it’s also a craft, and one to which he’s plainly dedicated.
A native of Olean, DiPaola started his pizza journey in, of all places, Pizza Hut. He’s been “all over,” he told me, but eventually decided to return to Olean and start his own place.
One aspect of Michael’s story that I could relate to is that he did a lot of research before launching his venture. I don’t do something as simple as buying a home appliance without exhaustively researching the subject, so I can only imagine what’s needed for as major an undertaking as opening a wood-fired bakery and pizzeria.
But all that research paid off, as evidenced by the end result. Brooklyn Bakery utilizes a large brick …read more
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