Roslyn Village Pizza, situated across from the Roslyn LIRR station, may appear to be an ordinary pizzeria. In ways, though, it’s a world apart.
To start, it’s kosher. And, until last week, the place served sushi. Israeli-American owner Nir Blum said he’s sticking, for now, with pizza as well as borekas — flaky turnovers — along with panini and other sandwiches, many of them of Middle Eastern origin.
At lunch recently, I sampled a slice of crisp grandma pie ($3) topped with a lively tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella plus a basil leaf. A stuffed vegetable slice ($3.25) was a sorry, soggy affair. That flub was forgotten the moment I tasted the borekas ($3.50 each) — one filled with mushrooms and potatoes, the other with cheese, both irresistible. Better yet was a sabih ($5.95) — a Middle Eastern sandwich on a fluffy Israeli pita stuffed with fried eggplant, hummus, a hard-boiled egg, Israeli salad and pickles. On the side: tahini sauce plus a fiery Yemenite condiment. Not quite what you'd expect at your average neighborhood pizza parlor.
The eatery is also occasionally used for karaoke nights.
Hours here are Sunday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, the place closes two hours before sundown and, Saturday, it opens an hour after sundown.
Roslyn Village Pizza is at 295 Warner Ave., Roslyn Heights; 516-484-5777.
Above: A sabih, or Middle Eastern sandwich, at Roslyn Village Pizza