Our Team



Aside from what you already know about eponymous Emily and her pizza, she is also a yoga instructor who teaches vinyasa, yin, and restorative yoga. She is highly interested in the therapeutic aspects of the practice and especially enjoys working with beginners, those recovering from injury, and those who seek to integrate their breath into mindful, everyday living. Emily is also a published poet whose work has appeared in the Brooklyn Review, Sixfold, and Stretching Panties. Her most recent manuscript, “The Storming Year,” is based on her experiences as a public school English teacher and instructional coach in NYC. Emily is honored to share this page with such a talented group of people and is amazed by the array of skills, interests, and ambitions of the awesome members of her staff! To learn about private instruction or to visit Emily for class, vist her website emilyhylandyoga.com


Matt was born in Brooklyn NY, where his parents read him sarcastic quips from Zagat before bed, and he adopted a lifestyle of eating pizza and dumplings that continues to this day. When his family moved to Greenwich, Connecticut, Matt quickly picked up playing lacrosse, which in retrospect was a solid ten years of training to use a pizza peel. After college in Rhode Island, Matt moved back to New York armed with a computer science degree, a pizza loving girl on his arm, and a love for food. He enrolled at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) and has been cooking ever since. To Matt, EMILY is an American pizza place that is an homage to the two places Matt grew up – the two pizza capitals of the world – New York and Connecticut. When he is not in the kitchen he is looking at Google Maps, dreaming of clam shacks, keeping the secret “Matt” pizza under wraps,  and trying to convince Emily to eat dumplings. Matt Mapping

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For ten years, Annie has been on a meandering path towards becoming the biggest food geek you’ve ever met. From foie gras to french fries to fertilizers, any part of the way our food gets from farm to table (or pizza pan), is exactly what she wants to talk about. Since September 2015, she has been doing the hard work of raising the most amazing baby in Brooklyn–Jimmy was born into the world with a burger in his right hand and a slice of pizza in his left.  When he’s not busy charming the floor staff (aka keeping them from their side work), he’s at his mom’s side while she works hard to make this deliciousness machine hum.


Alyson Goodman resides in Brooklyn, NY and has come to adore New York and all of its 5 boroughs. She performs with the sketch comedy group, FUCT, throughout the city and the nation. Currently, Alyson is traveling to Chicago and performing in Italy making new discoveries with the Off-Color Theater Company. She stumbled upon EMILY within two months of it’s opening, (she is great friends with Emily’s sister Lauren) and intends to stay FOREVER as EMILY has become a home, a place of comfort,and somewhere with endless laughter, good friends, and trust. Alyson lives by one simple rule an old, good friend once shared: “do what feels good.” So she is, and enjoying the amazing journey along the way. For info on Aly’s comedy troupe, visit: www.fuctnyc.com/

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A New Jersey native, college graduate, and socialite, Blayze Carter O’Brien loves that most simple yet complex of dishes, pizza. He has made pilgrimages to most of New York’s major pizzerias and he ultimately ended up working in the dough, sauce, and cheese trade three years ago. Eventually finding his way to Emily and Matt after working at Pizza Moto, Blayze has been with the Hylands (and their cat Joy) since opening the restaurant. For now, Blayze holds court over the most critical item of Emily, (according to him at least) the pizza dough, and enjoys spending time in his favorite dwelling spot within the restaurant, the basement (or Blayzement), which he shares with Lamar. He hopes to one day manage an outpost of Emily in Texas, write a wacky book of memoirs, and maybe become a late night talk show host. He’s living the dream.


Wes is not as young as he’d like to be anymore and feels out of place in the 21st century. New York by way of North Carolina musician, bad artist and sometimes after school teacher. He enjoys the Beach Boys and 80s Japanese pop more than most things.



After returning to NYC from an 8-year hiatus in Los Angeles, Zoë found her home in Clinton Hill and at Emily. Having fallen in love with the homey atmosphere and delicious pizza, she can be seen through Emily’s big picture window, chatting with friendly faces and local pizza lovers. A major foodie, film buff, and art savant, Zoë is finishing her last semester of college and does freelance writing for a few film and art websites. She is also a collective member of Spectacle Theater, an DIY movie theater in Greenpoint, and co-editor of her own zine, The Brooklyn Film Review. In her free time, Zoë enjoys double-features at the Film Forum, impromptu visits to The Frick Museum and going on food adventures around the city.


Em is a recent arrival from Portland, OR. She has a background in education, and worked as a teacher in Portland for 7 years. For many years, Em worked in education and the service industry simultaneously until she decided to pursue her serving career as well as her online vintage clothing store called Sturnelle Collection. Sturnelle Collection has become an integral component to her personal and working life. Outside of work she loves geeking out on wine books, exploring NY, fashion, photography and cooking. To check out Em’s online store, visit sturnellecollection.com



Hailing all the way from the place where saying the word Florider is acceptable, Long Island; Mike is here living in Brooklyn to redeem himself of some unwanted dialect. He wanted to be the first bartender/artist to write a bio but 80% of the staff beat him to it, oh well. He performs with the NYC Gay Mens Chorus and is currently writing and producing a dramedy mini series that will be available to watch online, for free! He is excited to be a part of the very welcoming and warm staff of EMILY and if you mention this bio to him, he’ll be happy to give you a high five.


Allissa joins us from restaurants varying from slinging drinks on the beach to providing Michelin star level service. So be ready for her to either pour a kamikaze down your throat or wax poetic about highland single malts. You’re welcome. She’s happy to be a part of a place that walks the line between these two worlds and welcomes the opportunity to have you come in and have a good drink and a great pizza.



Torrey Crim hails from the great Northwest, the mythic Pacific, and she lives in Brooklyn for the time being. She splits her time between serving pizza and writing her novel. She is the fiction editor at Construction magazine, and has recently published several short stories at American Literary Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal and the Master’s Review.


Like many of the fine ingredients at Emily, Sophie hails from Vermont, where cows outnumber people and Subaru hatchbacks outnumber everything. As a recent addition to the kitchen team at Emily, she enjoys learning all aspects of the menu, and is especially enthused to be an unofficial taste-tester for the constant rotation of innovative creations coming out of the kitchen. Sophie’s first pizza-making experience was as a cook within a student-run food cooperative, where everyone was pretty much happy as long as the tofu cheese had enough nutritional yeast in it. When she’s not working, running, home-improving, or biking, Sophie enjoys sitting and lying down.



Marney likes to think of her life as a creative process. Having spent most of her early years conquering territories like a game of Risk, Marney settled in New York in 2009 to conquer her degree. She currently resides in Brooklyn, with her small red cactus and sometimes, her twenty pound cat whose name cannot be disclosed. Her studies are vast and her languages, multiple: skills she likes to direct towards being a ‘hostess supreme'(Vogue Italia). In her past time she enjoys writing, creating, reading, biking, eating, cooking, sleeping, and being ‘fly’ (Rolling Stone).


Yeyson is a native of the Dominican Republic, but has called himself a New Yorker for the past 16 years. He has a passion for Japanese culture and for anime (please don’t judge him).  He even knows 3 songs in Japanese. He fell in love with the service industry when he worked at Resto/The Cannibal for chefs Preston Clark and Francis Derby, and the rest is history.



Born in West Africa’s most progressive capital city, Dakar, Senegal, glass-painting artist Ibrahima Ndoye has combined modernism and traditionalism to create a style unique to himself. Ibrahima, commonly known as “Ibou,” grew up as the oldest child of a family of four boys in the suburbs of Dakar. Ibou’s mother made her living as a dressmaker while his grandmother worked as a tie-dye artist. Regularly surrounded by colorful African textiles and fabrics, it is not surprising that Ibou says he “socialized with art and cohabited with colors” from a very young age. One would not need a dictionary, a large vocabulary, or a translator to understand his art, because it is 100% social in the sense that it has a social function, which allows it to deal with all the social ethics of modern and traditional life. Check out Ibou’s work: www.iboundoye.com/



Lou is originally from LBI NJ and now lives in Ridgewood. Lou is an avid pizza maker and hopes to open an oldschool NY style pizzeria in the near future. His interests include eating and cooking great food, writing and performing music, surfing, and all things Bruce Springsteen.


A New York native, Sammy was born and raised in Queens; one of his first jobs was at the Diamond Club in Shea Stadium. Sammy is one of the chefs behind the burger here at EMILY, and he loves to make people smile with the food he makes. When not cooking up your Emmy Burger, Sammy can be found spending time with his amazing wife watching classic movies and eating Columbian food.



Sam realized her love for working in the kitchen several years ago, when she got a job working for a small family-owned bakery in New Jersey.  After moving to NYC, she continued to work in the food world and eventually was given the opportunity to manage the pizza kitchen for Roberta’s line of frozen pizzas. It was there she gained an interest in making pizza and working with local, seasonal ingredients.  She decided to shift her focus strictly on making pizza and working in the restaurant scene when she heard about Emily’s unique style of pizza. In her spare time, Sam enjoys making music and exploring NYC.




Hailing from Puerto Rico, Carl came to New York City to become a fire fighter. Instead, he fell into the craft of making pizza, which he loves, for it allows him to be hands-on, have fun, and be himself. A self-described geek, Carl enjoys comics, Star Wars, and honing his Spidey-senses. Carl likes the restaurant industry because it affords him the chance to interact with lots of different people and leaves his daytimes open for exploring the city. At EMILY, Carl is best known for his amazing knack for being the most enthusiastic person around.


Max was born in Oakland, California and grew up in San Francisco where he gained a deep love and appreciation for food. As he descends from Jewish and Italian families, big, delicious meals were a regular occurrence, and he spent most of his time as a child in the kitchen learning from his mom. After dabbling in professional cooking during high school, he moved to New York for college. Though he remains a total history nerd, he could never shake his true love for cooking and instead geeks out over bread making and other forms of fermentation. In his free time, you can usually finding him reading, watching football, or wandering the outer boroughs listening to podcasts and overeating.



Brought up in the kitchen by her Italian-Croatian mother, Rebecca has always had a love for cooking food and the smiles it brings to people’s faces. She’s left the monotony of the cubicle to immerse herself in her passions: food, hospitality, and the pleasure derived from both. By day she is an avid photographer shooting subjects ranging from culinary to lifestyle and interiors. She lives with her pizzaiolo boyfriend and their cat Kevin in Prospect Heights.