Last week was my birthday, and as we learned from last year’s posts my friends and family have no trouble shopping for gifts. You would think that each passing year presents a greater challenge, but my nearest and dearest are apparently the most creative and Internet-savvy folks on the planet. Check out this year’s crop of amazing pizza-related birthday presents.
PIZZA SERVING PLATES
Okay, these things are no joke. They are the kind of plate your pizza arrives on at a classy Neapolitan pizzeria. Just think of how exciting it will be for my pizza party guests to reveal the fun artwork with every slice they remove from their dish. But who’s that creepy guy on there? That’s Pulcinella, the comedic figure often associated with Naples. You’ll see him all over the walls of Neapolitan pizzerias. Punch in Minneapolis is named after him!
But wait, there’s more. This incredible gift, given to me by The Godfather and UR, was wrapped in the most incredible handmade paper imaginable. If I had any class I would frame it and mount it on the wall. I love the sparse application of cheese on these lovely sponged pizzas.
ROCKIN’ CHEESE GRATER
I enjoy making pizza but there’s always something missing from the process — until now! Not only is this a sweet Flying V shape, but it also has three grating sizes and a slicing section. Brilliant! My pal Robyn really knows what I’m into. Not to mention, you can really shred on this thing!
PIZZA EQUATION T-SHIRT
I was about to put the kabash on new pizza t-shirts until this beauty entered my life. My pal and fellow NYC tour guide Andrea (Lower East Side History Project) scored this one from Think Geek, the source for all things amazing. It reminds you how to find the volume of a pizza, so please buy this for your favorite math teacher. Best part is the shirt is red so pizza sauce stains really blend in.
HAND-PRINTED TINY PIZZERIA MODEL KIT
This is a hand-printed limited-edition uniquely-numbered mini pizzeria laser-cut into a single sheet of glorious birch. The piece was designed by artist Jesse LeDoux and printed by Head Light Hotel. According to the sign on the side of the “building,” Famous Lou’s opened in 1925, making it one of the oldest pizzerias in the United States! It’s also one of the cutest. Find out how to purchase your own franchise of my little pizzeria via Tiny Showcase.
PIZZA THEMED CELL PHONE COVER
I don’t know why, but I feel slightly ashamed of this one. Obviously I have never tried to hide how deeply this pizza obsession has penetrated my existence, but the phone cover seems a bit too far. Still, it’s a pretty awesome case and I like the fact that you can’t see the pizza when I’m holding the phone. It makes for a fun reveal. It’s also pretty cool that I never have to look very hard when I can’t locate my phone!
AMAZING PIZZA CARDS
How can you open any present without checking out the card? The one on the left is especially funny because it’s a hologram. Holograms usually show some kind of movement or changes as you move the card, but this one does absolutely nothing. Isn’t that amazing!
Thanks so everyone who gave me these wonderful birthday presents. The bar has been upped once again.
Looks like I spoke too soon with my birthday present summary. Even though I had already received so many amazing pizza-related gifts, there were still a couple trinkets out there that had yet to join my collection. The first came to me on the night of Canned Tomato Tasting Part II (results coming later this week) from Mark and Jenny of Pizza a Casa. How did they know I wanted scratch-and-sniff pizza stickers!?!?!?!
They smell JUST like oregano! But on the more practical side of the birthday range, Mark and Jenny also gave me the new Aquatronic bakers’ scale I’ve had my eye on. This one is more accurate than my current model, so look out for more deliciously accurate pies from my oven!
The final gift of my 2010 birthday season comes from my roommate Pat. He thought about giving me something that wasn’t pizza-themed but this item was just impossible for him to ignore. I proudly present to you, the USS Enterprise Pizza Slicer:
I know, it’s a dream come true. If you think this photo is classy, do yourself a favor and check out the video of the slicer in action! It’s unreal. I can’t believe the amazingness of it all, thanks to all my friends and family who truly know the meaning of pizza.