Brooklyn's Best Entrepreneurs

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Chris Parachini of Roberta's

A hallmark of Brooklyn's food life this past decade has been diners' increasing appetite for local, organic produce and the imaginative way city chefs have found to serve them. Brooklyn alone features 600 small community farms, and at least two of them supply Roberta's Pizza in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Started in 2008 by Chris Parachini, with partners Brandon Hoy and Carlo Mirarchi, the restaurant cooks its pies in a brick oven using fresh-made dough, and relies on its rooftop greenhouse and a nearby backyard garden for seasonal greens.