Original Brooklyn Pizza II closes in North Babylon

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Chef Maicol Chacon prepares an order in the

Chef Maicol Chacon prepares an order in the kitchen at Original Brooklyn Pizza II. (Nov. 27, 2011) Photo Credit: Doug Young

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Original Brooklyn Pizza II in North Babylon has closed.

The unassuming pizzeria-trattoria, tucked away in a Deer Park Avenue strip mall, garnered a two-star rating in Newsday last December.

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Venezuela-born chef-owner Maicol Chacon took  what looked like an ordinary Italian menu and, by dint of his culinary skill, elevated virtually every dish. His hyper-flavorsome pasta e fagiole and lush meat balls were just two cases in point.

Portions were huge; prices low — perhaps not the best formula for survival in today's  economic climate.

Above: Maicol Chacon cooking at Brooklyn Pizza II in North Babylon

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