Tucked away in Croton on Hudson is a small cozy restaurant with an attached pizzeria named Bella Paula. The inclination is to enter the restaurant through the main door as the door to the pizzeria isn’t as noticeable. If you enter through the restaurant and ask for pizza, you’ll be directed to go through another door which is closed but labeled “restrooms.” As confusing as that may be, it leads you right in front of the pizza counter.
I recently had a tasting of a unique pizza that they refer to as Grandma Pie. It was delicious. So much so, that I went back the next day and bought an entire pie.
The pizza is rectangular in shape. The crust cannot be described as “thin crust” but it is not typical pizza crust either. It is something in-between. The crust is crunchy and clearly takes on the heat of the oven by its deep rich color. It is very lightly cheesed, almost to the point of not being visible, although its flavor is present. in the center of each “square” that one would slice is a round dollop of a very rich reduced red sauce that has the intoxicating perfume of oregano.
Short of this, there is not much more to say other than you must try it for yourself.
120 Grand Street
Croton on Hudson, NY 10520