A 1938 coupon from Alleva, America’s oldest Italian cheese shop (est 1892). It’s still open and run by the same family. We stop here on pizza tours and taste fresh mozzarella thats rarely more than 30 minutes old. The owner gave me this amazing artifact and I wanted to post it before it gets sealed up in a frame. NOTE: The coupon is no longer valid.
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Sunday, December 8 - It’s a pizza party with Wiener discussing his book about pizza boxes - Book Court
Tonight at 7pm I’ll be talking about how we made VIVA LA PIZZA! THE ART OF THE PIZZA BOX as well as how I keep 625 pizza boxes in my Brooklyn apartment without attracting an army of vermin.
AND there will be free pizza from Sam’s Restaurant!!!
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I’m giving a lecture about history, art and science of pizza boxes TONIGHT at the Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library. We’ll also have copies of my brand new book Viva La Pizza! The Art of the Pizza Box on hand for your purchasing pleasure. The party starts at 6:30pm and I encourage you to BYOPizza Box for discussion!
On October 9, the 5th annual Slice Out Hunger raised $20,000 for Food Bank For New York City. We hosted 800 pizzas from 43 different pizzerias, most of which were served by the owners themselves. Everything was just $1, from slices to sodas to desserts. The grand total will sponsor 100,000 meals for the hungry in NYC.
[Photos by Dan Lane, Lindsay Berk and Claire Kelly.]
Nailed my 15 slice limit this week with Difara, Totonno’s, Lombardi’s, Suprema, Keste, Luzzo’s, Arturo’s even some homemade pies!
Mark your calendars for this year’s Slice Out Hunger fundraiser. It’s happening on October 9 at St Anthony’s Church at 154 Sullivan St (at Houston) in New York City. Doors open at 6 and over 35 of your favorite pizzerias will be there. We got Lombardi’s, Difara, Two Boots, John’s, Joe’s, Luzzo’s, NY Pizza Suprema, Sottocasa, Keste, Don Antonio, Forcella, Cowboy Pizza and LOTS MORE!
How does it work? You just show up, buy as many $1 tickets as you want, then exchange tickets for slices, sodas or desserts. Our sponsors have pledged to match every dollar we raise and all the money goes to Food Bank For New York City!
Check out our event website for more details, volunteer information and sponsorship opportunities.
Watch as I stumble through this Swedish TV segment, having no idea what these guys are saying even when it’s in English. At least I got a bunch of free pizza out of the deal!
I first met Pete Genovese in 2006 when I was a member of a day-long pizza quest for New Jersey’s largest newspaper, The Star Ledger. Every summer Saturday, Pete loads the car, dubbed the Munchmobile, with a group of carefully-selected eaters to test a specific food within the state. This guy knows every angle of NJ and he’s very selective when it comes to food. He has a special love for pizza, which led to a 6 month long pizza-only stretch of adventuring at the tail end of 2009. I was fortunate enough to be on the team for over 300 pizzerias across the Garden State. Pete dropped a book called A Slice of Jersey with stories and reviews of all the pizzerias we visited. But his thirst was not quenched. Pete undertook a mission of epic proportions with a book project about New York City pizza and that book is finally here in the form of Pizza City: The Ultimate Guide to New York’s Favorite Food.
There are plenty of book about pizza. Trust me, I have at least one copy of each of them. Most go into the funky quirky tidbits of pizza history and folklore but Pizza City cuts right to what’s most interesting: the people behind the pizza. It covers the most popular slice shops and pie palaces but also takes the time to profile lesser-known pizzerias. Take John’s in Elmhurst, Queens. It’s a small place on the corner run by a mother-daughter team. I’ve had the pizza and wasn’t blown away by it, but the place has a real charm you can’t duplicate.
There’s also a review section of 250 pizzerias but it’s more for context than reviews of the pizza. Pete writes about what was going on while he was eating his slice. I like that. Everyone has different taste and you can’t base your opinion on his, so Pete gives you the info and lets you find out for yourself whether or not it’s the greatest slice on Earth.
Full disclosure: there’s a section about me and my pizza tour. But regardless of that, the book’s still good! He also profiles other pizza enthusiasts and bloggers so you get a real sense of how crazy the pizza scene gets.
This book belongs on the shelf of every pizza fan… actually every human, because it shakes a food we take for granted down to what’s important: people, pride and heart.
*Buy the book Pizza City: The Ultimate Guide to New York’s Favorite Food by Pete Genovese