(This venue is closed.) This is the burly man's burke. At Chuck's it's served with knife and fork; I changed arm angles several times to saw through its chewy layers. By comparison, its cousin on Arthur Ave., the feathery pumpkin-filled spiral at Tony & Tina's, is light enough to be tugged apart with your fingers. It's also sweet enough for dessert, very nearly, while Chuck's cheese burek ($3.50) is salty and satisfying, more of a meal. Below it's trimmed with whitecaps of plain yogurt, which adds lubrication that would be especially welcome on a burek filled with ground meat.
This Albanian-owned business, accompanied by a meat market and grocery next door, also offers the usual pizzeria standards. On a return visit, though, I'd rather tuck into a Balkan hero featuring pleskavic (burger meat) or qevapa (sausage).
Chuck's Pizzeria and Restaurant
340 Victory Blvd. (at Cebra Ave.), Staten Island