I did a “Talks at Google” session in their NYC office last month about how to navigate the New York pizza scene. This is intense; it’s over an hour long. Godspeed.
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Sandy may have knocked out all power in lower Manhattan but it can’t possibly slow down the city’s pizza habit. Here’s how some pizzerias in Lower Manhattan are dealing with having no power.
Lombardi’s on Spring Street is using a car battery to power a few lights so the kitchen staff can see what they’re doing. Good thing 115 year old coal fired ovens need no power.
Joe’s Pizza on Carmine Street uses gas ovens, so they work just fine sans electricity. All they need are a couple flashlights so they can tell when each pie is perfectly baked. I had a slice, it was excellent!
John’s of Bleecker St has no power but they DO have an amazing sign indicating so.
Keste on Bleecker St is so romantic with candles lighting the way. Wood fired ovens need no power to churn out deliciousness.
Pizza Box on Bleecker Street uses these cool (Pixar) flashlights to light their display.
Yesterday’s pizza tour hit Forcella, where we enjoyed a combination of wood fired pizza, candles, flashlights and owner Giulio Adriani.
Newbies Cowboy Pizza on Clinton St made their dough in Long Island and closed when it ran out, just before sundown.
I am deeply honored by this animated GIF posted by my homeslice Jeff Rubin, lovingly crafted from a Discovery Channel appearance on Richard Blais’s Blais Off. There goes your work day!
Happy birthday to Scott of Scott’s Pizza Tours! Help celebrate by following Scott’s Tumblr.
Last Wednesday thirty-two pizzerias, sixty volunteers and over 700 pizza lovers joined forces to raise $12,800 for City Harvest, NYC’s premier food collection organization. Approximately 475 pizzas were delivered from all five boroughs to St Anthony’s Church in Soho to be sold for $1 per slice. Funds were matched by Seamless and Scott’s Pizza Tours with 100% of proceeds going directly to City Harvest. The funds raised will help rescue and deliver 51,200 pounds of food to NYC’s homeless and hungry.
My homeslice Eliott from Photo315 edited me into this picture of John Stewart and Bruce Springsteen eating pizza at John’s of Bleecker Street, aka my supreme ultimate fantasy. REPEAT: This did not actually happen…yet!
Scott’s Pizza Tours will be donating 10% of October public tour sales to the Slice of Hope campaign to support October’s position as both National Pizza Month and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Slice Of Hope is the pizza industry’s call to arms for pizzerias across the country to unite in an effort to fight breast cancer by donating a percentage of October 12 sales to the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation. This organization was started by the good folks at Pizza Today Magazine, who have made it their goal to raise $140,000 during this year’s campaign.
If your local pizzeria is participating, please support the effort by grabbing a couple pies on October 12. If they aren’t participating, they can sign up here.
Mark your calendars for an epic event in NYC that will make all your pizza dreams become reality. On October 10, we’ll be hosting our annual Slice Out Hunger event to make slices from NYC’s best pizzerias available to you for $1 each. Just show up to St Anthony’s Church (154 Sullivan St at Houston), buy tokens at the door for $1 each, go inside and cash in your tokens for slices, a Fizzy Lizzy soda or entries to our mega-amazing raffle. Every dollar we collect will be matched by Scott’s Pizza Tours and Seamless for a massive donation to City Harvest, New York City’s premier food collection organization.
Doors open at 6PM and pizza is first come, first served so be sure to get there early. Our friends from Brewla Bars will be on hand to serve up their brewed ice pop goodness and the geniuses from Green Box will have plenty of their revolutionary pizza boxes for your pizza eating and storing pleasure. October is National Pizza Month — celebrate it with a pizza party to benefit New York’s homeless and hungry!
Slice Out Hunger - $1 Slice Fundraiser for City Harvest
October 10, 2012 at 6 PM
St Anthony’s Church, 154 Sullivan St (at Houston)
FIRST COME FIRST SERVED
What pizzerias will be represented?
Lombardi’s, Joe’s, John’s, NY Pizza Suprema, Difara, Motorino, Da Mikele, Keste, Tosca, Rubirosa, Cowboy Pizza, Naked Pizza, Pala, Forcella, Pizza Box, Rizzo’s, Prince St Pizza, Two Boots, Arturo’s and MORE!
Need more info? Check out the Slice Out Hunger event website.
Last night a dream of mine came true.
It all started a few years back when I began collecting pizza boxes. As of this moment I have about 200 unique pizza boxes, each featuring interesting artwork, design, functionality, etc. But one box has eluded me since I first head its legend. The largest pizza box available is 54 inches square and it exists for the sole purpose of transporting the largest deliverable pizza known to man for Big Mama’s & Papa’s in Los Angeles. I had to have it.
Last night, mere moments after I landed at LAX, my brother JW and I hit the pizzeria just in time to see it emerge from the oven. It’s so big they have to bake it with the oven door open and rotate it every few minutes. We had to order this thing 24 hours in advance. It costs $200 and feeds 50-70 people. With 15 eaters, we got through about half the pie before everyone passed out. This pizza is so large it doesn’t fit through doorways. We took it out back and set up a card table to support its mass. What an amazing site.
We decided to get it uncut to prevent cheese shiftage and it worked like a charm. Kitchen shears were perfect cutting tools for this and spared the box’s floor from tread marks. Now the box is sitting in front of my in perfect condition, ready to be carried down the street to the UPS store for shipping back home to my collection in NYC.
You see, dreams really do come true.
Last night I ate slice #501 for 2012. It happened at Nicoletta, Michael White’s new pizza spot in the East Village. I had the Carbonara, which like the pasta dish of the same name features pancetta, black pepper and egg. ROCK!