I’m not big on reviewing pizzerias for anyone other than myself, but I was presented with an opportunity at the beginning of the summer and I just couldn’t say no. I’d get free pizza, we’d visit over 100 pizzerias in my home state, and someone else would do all of the driving! I know, it’s the perfect crime. On July 7, we embarked upon a mission that would end up taking us to 333 pizzerias to taste 1,000 different slices of pizza. After hundreds of hours, thousands of miles, about a quarter of a million calories – we finally met our goal! The mission, which was commissioned by the Star Ledger (NJ’s biggest paper), has been published both in print and online. Our voyage is unprecedented, as we visited more pizzerias in a shorter span of time in a restricted location than anyone has ever attempted. One word for that: thorough.
I have talked quite a bit about this adventure on pizza tours over the last few months and I’ve gotten even more emails asking about our winners, but I wanted to wait until everything was published to make any announcements. You can read all about our favorite pizza towns, favorite pizzeria hangouts, best by county, pizza blogs, best pizza, worst pizza, pizza making — EVERYTHING — by visiting http://www.nj.com/munchmobile/. There are even some cool videos, including one of us visiting the winning pizzerias.
Now here’s a grainy photo of me eating a giant slice of sausage pizza at Benny Tudino’s in Hoboken, NJ. NOTE: this slice has actually been cut in half so you’re only seeing 50% of a Benny’s slice.
(Coincidentally, our epic journey ended around the same time as another incredible voyage. My buddy Reid Stowe recently completed a ridiculous experiment of spending 1,000 days at sea, out of sight of land. Read about him at www.1000days.net!)
Do you love pizza? I mean, do you really LOVE pizza as if it were a living thing capable of loving you back? Not that I do, that would be weird, but let’s just assume that it’s possible and not creepy. There, that feels better. For the past year and nine months, I’ve conducted all the pizza tours myself and now the time has come to share this incredible experience. Take a look at this ad and pass it around to your friends.
I’m really into pizza, that’s no secret. Beyond the food and history and culture, I’m also into collecting quirky pizza paraphernalia. What pizza fan doesn’t own Pizza Elmo, the Pizza Clock or one of many hilarious t-shirts? Just when I think I’ve seen all the pizza gear, holiday time rolls around and my friends and family show me just how good they are at figuring out what pizza tchotchkes I have yet to own. I’d like to present three pizza gifts I received this year for Hanukah. Enjoy!