Chef Maicol Chacon prepares an order in the kitchen at...

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

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.

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