top of page

A peek inside Roland's, your new Harlem spot for crispy, Roman-style pizza

Updated: Oct 29, 2020

Roland's, a new Harlem spot for crisp Roman-style pizza

Harlem has a new pizza spot, and this one's slinging thin-crust Roman-style pies.

Roland's (2367 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 127th St), from the team behind Harlem Bar-B-Q right next door, is still in soft-open mode.

Roland's, a new Harlem pizzeria slinging Roman-style pies

But a full menu is already in place, offering Italian appetizers like salumi and focaccia, salads, and both traditional and gluten-free pizza.

You won't find any pasta, though. "We wanted to do a few things really well," said co-owner Philip Chapman, who hopes the arrival of Roland's will mean locals won't have to "schlep downtown and Brooklyn to have great pizza."

The menu at Roland's in Harlem

The cozy bar, still a work in progress, offers beer and wine. Cocktails are coming next week.

Manning the bright red Pavesi oven (just like the one at Roberta's in Brooklyn) is master pizza maker Ettore Tosches, whose Roman-style pie is crispy, with no big edges. "It's a firm slice," explained Tosches.

Pizza maker Ettore Tosches slings Roman-style pizza at Roland's

And looking over the space–both via a portrait and in spirit–is namesake Roland Woodland, a friend of Chapman's who worked in an East Harlem pantry before his death in 2012.

"Live Your Values" is a motto based on friend Roland Woodland's life.

A motto based on his life graces the wall–and acts as a neighborly reminder for all who pass through: "Live your values."

For daily updates, follow The Curious Uptowner on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Screen Shot 2020-11-18 at 2.39.32 PM.png
  • Black Pinterest Icon
  • Black Twitter Icon
  • Black Facebook Icon
  • Black Instagram Icon
bottom of page