Thursday, December 1, 2016

Congrats to 2016 Slicey Award winners

In addition to exploring some new pizzerias around my home in New York City, I spent a week of Pizza Month 2016 traveling to Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin because the journey is shaped like a pizza slice. I am happy to report the food in the "Texas Triangle" is delicious! I was also fortunate to take a golf trip to Myrtle Beach where the pizza scored way better than I did.  Each year I like to give out Slicey awards to a few of my favorites.  Without further ado, it gives me great pleasure to announce the winners of the 2016 Slicey Awards.

BEST PIE

Review for Patsy's


BEST SLICE
Review for Sofia Pizza Shoppe

BEST OF THE BEACH
Review for Aromas

BEST OF TEXAS
Review of Via 313

BEST NEW DISCOVERY
Review of Pizza Moto

Congratulations to all the winners! Of course, when it comes to pizza, there are no losers.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Pizza Month 2016 Live & Archived

http://www.seantaylor.us/pizzamonth.php?collectionid=24
Pizza Month 2016 is over. Now, the reviews, photos, memories are all that remain...And thanks to modern technology, they have all been consolidated and posted online with the previous 14 annual quests for the 31 days of pizza!

For those that prefer a more map-o-matical view, here is one of every review I have written on this planet - thanks to the good people at Google Earth.
map link: http://www.seantaylor.us/googlemap.php


And finally, for you list lovers, here is a clickable "table of contents" view of the reviews...
list link: http://www.seantaylor.us/pizzareviews_toc.php


Friday, November 11, 2016

Looking Back on Pizza Month 2016

Pizza Month 2016
My quest for the 31 Days of Pizza [2016] is over.  I am pleased to report that for the 15th consecutive October, I have successfully eaten pizza every day of National Pizza Month, at a different pizzeria, with at least one guest.  

There were many firsts including my first ever weekend golf trip and my first visit to Texas. Aside from losing many golf balls in the hazards of some of the most gorgeous courses in Myrtle Beach, I was fortunate to avoid the alligators at Caledonia. My wife and I sat in VIP room overlooking NASA's mission control at Johnson Space Center. We visited the scene of the crimes committed by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas and Santa Anna at the Alamo. We reunited with longtime friends in far-off places. I had authentic Neapolitan style pizza on a Texas ranch, Chicago pizza in Dallas, Detroit style pizza Austin, and good ol' New York pizza everywhere I went.

In all, 118 slices of pizza were consumed at 35 pizzerias with over 56 pizza guests.

Here are links to reviews of all of the pizzerias visited during Pizza Month 2016...

Pasquale Jones (NoLItA, NYC)
Emmy Squared (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Fresco's Pizzeria (Hudson Heights, NYC)
Patsy's Pizzeria (Midtown East, NYC)
PN Wood-fired Pizza (NoMad, NYC)
AperiTIVO Pizza Bar (Midtown East, NYC)
Sofia Pizza Shoppe (Sutton Place, NYC)
Bodega Pizza (Washington Heights, NYC)
Moustache Pitza (W. Village, NYC)
Motorino (UWS, NYC)
L'Amico (Chelsea, NYC)
Rossopomodoro (W. Village, NYC)
Denino's (Greenwich Village, NYC)
Ducati's Pizzeria and Trattoria (Myrtle Beach, SC)
Corrados Pizza (Myrtle Beach, SC)
Toffino's Italian Bakery & Deli (Myrtle Beach, SC)
Aromas (Myrtle Beach, SC)
[the original] Patsy's Pizzeria (East Harlem, NYC)
Pizzeria Sirenetta (UWS, NYC)
Pizza Moto (Red Hook, Brooklyn)
Lucia Pizza (Flushing, Queens)
Amore Pizzeria (Flushing, Queens)
Scarr's Pizza (Chinatown, NYC)
Nomad (Princeton, NJ)
Joe's Pizza (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Numero 28 Cucina (UWS, NYC)
Campisi's Egyptian Restaurant (Dallas, TX)
Gino's East (Dallas, TX)
Star Pizza (Houston, TX)
Home Slice (Austin, TX)
Bufalina (Austin, TX)
Big Lou's Pizza (San Antonio, TX)
Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza (Austin, TX)
Pieous (Austin, TX)
Via 313 (Austin, TX)

... and I'd like to give a special thanks to my guests who are, individually...(in order of appearance)

Robin Rothman Taylor, Kevin Bitterman, Jason Bohon, Lance Kushner, Erik Tanouye, My coworkers at CATES Tutoring and neighbors at WeWork, Michael McLarnon, Will Nunziata, Mitch Yashiro, Maddy Mako, Angela Demanti, Noel Dinneen, Jeff Greenspan, Ann Rooney, Jorelle Aronovitch, Chris Simpson, Erik Martin, Ron Palais, Tony Carnevale, Connell Barrett, Chris King, Mike "Uber King of Pawleys Island”, Eden Gauteron, Bill Scurry, Matt Shafeek, Zohar Adner, Rob Penty, Catherine Wing, Bill Buckendorf, Robert Acevedo, Shawn Wickens, Paulie Gee, Derek Giannone, Scott Wiener, Anna Orchard, Brooks Jones, Tom Grim, Stalin Bedon, Nick Sherman, Jason Feirman, Rebecca Pollak, Tom Kim, Chuck Divak, Sean Manning, Jami Supsic, Jon Bander, Ali Maher, Ian Caruth, Rosie Pelka, Keith Huang, Brad, and Mary.


Stay tuned to 31daysofpizza.com for the announcement of this year's Slicey Award winners!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Day 31, 2016: Via 313 (Austin, TX)

Exterior

Eating area in Violet Crown

DAY 31: OCTOBER 31st, 2016

LOCATION: Via 313 (1111 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702)

GUEST(S): Robin Rothman

ORDER: 2 slices of The Detroiter (Smoked Pepperoni under the cheese, Natural Casing Pepperoni on top)

REVIEW: 
Detroit pizza grows in Austin. The “313” in Via 313 is an homage to the founder's childhood home in Detroit, Michigan. Fortunately, it wasn’t just the area code that owners Zane and Brandon Hunt brought to Austin back in 2009. They brought recipes, cooking techniques, and auto parts pans.  Yes, pans designed to hold spare auto parts are used to cook Detroit style pizza. The high square sides of the deep dish auto parts pan permits the dough to rise higher and the cheese to extend to the edge. It is likely that Sicilian immigrants to Michigan have been cooking pizza in this manner for generations, but only once it left the area was the term “Detroit style” applied. While it may not have been the Hunt brothers that coined the term, they definitely did their part to master it and introduce it to satisfied Austinites. I recommend “The Detroiter” which comes with two layers of zesty pepperoni and cheese topped with a copious amount a rich tomato sauce. The thick slices may have a light focaccia-esque consistency but I'd advise you to err on the side of under ordering as they tend to expand in your stomach. Located on Austin’s renowned 6th street, the original Via 313 operates out of a trailer having no tables or facilities of its own. Fortunately, the trailer is parked in the front lawn of the Violet Crown bar which welcomes and encourages ordering from Via 313. Other brick and mortar locations have opened since, as the world is falling in love with Via 313's Detroit style pizza.  I, personally, can’t wait until a Via 313 opens near me.


PHOTOS:
Ordering window

The Detroiter pie

Another view of The Detroiter

Day 31

Mario with The Detroiter
Luigi with The Detroiter

Slice of The Detroiter

Via 313 trailer at dusk

MISCELLANEOUS:
Sean, Robin
1. Robin Rothman and I went as the Mario Bros. for Halloween.

Robin
2. After pizza, Robin and I went to an open mic at B.D. Riley's on Austin's famous 6th Street.
Last night's burrito
This morning's breakfast tacos
3. Last night, I had a midnight burrito and woke up and had breakfast tacos.  I can't get enough of this Tex-Mex food!

RATING:


 4.31/5

  • VALUE:
     4.5/5

  • AMBIENCE:
     2/3

  • TASTE:
     9/10

  • SERVICE: N/A
15.5/18 = .861 x 5 = 4.31

Day 30b, 2016: Pieous (Austin, TX)


Exterior
Interior
DAY 30b: OCTOBER 30th, 2016

LOCATION: Pieous Pizza (12005 W Hwy 290, Austin, TX 78737)

GUEST(S): Robin Rothman

ORDER: 1/2 of a Margherita

REVIEW: 
VPN in Hill Country. Where the highway meets the hills on the outskirts of Austin, Texas might soon be the prime destination for authentic Naples style pizza thanks to Pieous. Certified Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) each pizza at Pieous abides by strict preparation guidelines from how the dough is stretched, to specific bake time and temperature in the wood-fired brick oven. The high quality ingredients are sourced locally and the fresh mozzarella is made in house. Something else made in house is their mouth-watering pastrami. Although it is not recommended as a topping due to its powerful flavor profile, a pizza and a side of pastrami make a great meal. Save some room for the delectable desserts if you can.  The word is out, so lines do form often, but the friendly staff and cool music makes the wait during the rush a lot more palatable. The pizza, [dessert] pies, and pastrami are such a tasty trinity, you may just have a religious experience at Pieous.


PHOTOS:
Hours

Margherita pie

underside

Day 30

VPN certification

MISCELLANEOUS:
Robin
1. Robin Rothman and I went last minute costume shopping after pizza.  

Robin at Brew & Brew
2. Afterward, Robin and I went to an open mic. She sang and was amazing. I sat in the audience and blogged about pizza.  As a matter of fact, I am writing this here now.

Junk in the trunk
3. I love halloween. 

RATING: 


 3.33/5

  • VALUE:
     3/5

  • AMBIENCE:
     3/3

  • TASTE:
     6/10

  • SERVICE: N/A
12/18 = .667 x 5 = 3.33