Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Pandemic Pizza Month "in the books"




Pizza Month 2020 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 18 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

Here's a calendar too.



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

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Day 31, 2020: Izzy's Pizza Bus (Las Vegas, NV)

 

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DAY 31: OCTOBER 31st, 2020 

LOCATION: Izzy's Pizza Bus (Las Vegas, NV)

GUEST(S): Robin Rothman, Lily Rothman, Paul Rothman

ORDER: 1 slice of Baby Love (Pepperoni, Bacon, Black Olives, Mushroom, Onions), 1 slice of Mr. Krinkle (Pepperoni, Brick Cheese, Mozzarella)

REVIEW: 
Model mobile Motown Pizza maker! Thanks to Izzy's Pizza Bus, Las Vegans don't have to go to Detroit for perfect Detroit style pizza. Even better, the bus may come to you! Pizza perfectionist Brett Geiger converted a Bluebird school bus from Seattle, Washington into a Las Vegas food truck churning out Detroit style pizza topped with premium tomatoes from California, and industry-best cheese from Wisconsin. Izzy's Pizza Bus is the epitome of the American dream. Brett credits "dat dough" which ferments for four days before becoming the foundation for his thick-yet-light foccacia-esque masterpieces. He has cracked the code on the crisp "frico" oil-baked cheese on the outer edge while still evenly cooking the underside and toppings.  In addition to the limited menu of tried-and-true trademark pies, expect at least one featured daily special based on creative top tier ingredient availability. I hope it won't be long before there is a brick-and-mortar location or two but, in the meantime, I will be following Izzy's Pizza Bus wherever it goes!

PHOTOS:

Baby Love pie

Mr. Krinkle pie

Slice of Baby Love

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MISCELLANEOUS:
Paul, Lily, Robin, Sean
1. We did it.  Final day of Pizza Month 2020 and who better to spend it with than my pandemic pod.  
masks on
2. The custom made masks also made it through the whole month. Hopefully, we'll never have another pizza month where masks are required.
Sean Taylor and Brett Geiger
3. It was at a distance but I got to meet the creator and owner of Izzy's Pizza Bus, Brett Geiger. 

Sean & Robin
4. Robin and I dressed up for Halloween even though we didn't have any physical place to go.  My mother-in-law had a spare Taco and Chicken costume hanging around so we put them to use.
Willie McCool Model Airfield
5. We ate pizza at a picnic table near Iron Mountain right next to the Willie McCool Model airplane airfield.  Technology has come a long way with remote control airplanes.  We saw everything from a biplane to a miniature jet-powered F-18.


RATING:
 5/5

  • VALUE:
     5/5

  • AMBIENCE:
     3/3

  • TASTE:
     10/10

  • SERVICE: N/A
18/18 = 1.00 x 5 = 5

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Day 30, 2020: Mrs. Rothman's Phyllizza (Summerlin, NV)


Mrs. Rothman cutting the pie


DAY 30: OCTOBER 30th, 2020 

LOCATION: Mrs. Rothman's Phyllizza   

GUEST(S): Robin Rothman, Lily Rothman, Paul Rothman, LeMar McLean, Russ Feder

ORDER: 2 slices of Pumpkin Phyllizza (Pumpkin, goat cheese, garlic), 2 slices of Wawa (Pumpkin, goat cheese, garlic, ground turkey, sausage, cranberries, Manchego cheese)

PREP TIME: 25 minutes

COOK TIME: 10 minutes

RECIPE: 


Ingredients

Breakfast sausage
Phyllo (FILO) dough
Garlic
Salt
Pepper
Goat Cheese
Pumpkin/Squash
Ground Turkey
Poultry seasonings
Dried cranberries
Manchego cheese
Cilantro

Instructions:

Pumpkin Phyllizza

  1. Roast and Slice pumpkin/squash
  2. Lay out phyllo dough
  3. Spread phyllo dough with goat cheese
  4. Distribute pumpkin/squash
  5. Add Salt and Pepper and Garlic

Parisian Hamboree

  1. Roast and Slice pumpkin/squash
  2. Lay out phyllo dough
  3. Spread phyllo dough with goat cheese
  4. Break up breakfast sausage into smaller chunks
  5. Saute ground turkey with poultry seasonings
  6. Moisten dried cranberries and add
  7. Grate Manchego cheese on pizza

Oven instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375'
  • Bake in cookie sheet at 375’
  • At about 10 minutes, remove from heat
  • Add cilantro garnish




PHOTOS:

Day 30

Wawa Phyllizza

Wawa slice

Pumpkin Phyllizza

MISCELLANEOUS:
Sean
1. I hosted and did stand up at Virtual Variety Underground. It's a comedy variety show I host with LeMar McLean.  The show has been around since April 2003.
Lily, Lemar, Russ
2. Lily did a quick cameo to showcase her Phyllizza with pumpkin.
Russ with pizza
3. Russ Feder celebrates October by eating something pumpkin flavored everyday.  He calls it Pumptober and this was our second annual crossover event between his Pumptober and my 31 Days of Pizza.
Sean, LeMar, Shawn, Russ, Matt Koff, Matt Vita, Kitzi
4. The whole cast of Variety Underground indulged me and we did a pizza-pumpkin-Halloween themed pizza the whole night.  

Friday, October 30, 2020

Day 29, 2020: Aurelio's (Las Vegas, NV)

 

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DAY 29: OCTOBER 29th, 2020 

LOCATION: Aurelio's (6010 W Craig Rd #150, Las Vegas, NV 89130)

GUEST(S): Robin Rothman, Lily Rothman, Paul Rothman, Armando Diaz

ORDER: 5 pieces of large thin with sausage and extra sauce

REVIEW: 
Perfect 10, Chicago thin. It should come as no surprise that Aurelio's makes a model version of Chicago thin pizza since Aurelio's has been helping to define the style for over 60 years. A trademark Chicago thin pizza pie is round but cut into squares as opposed to slices.  It's the opposite of deep-dish. Since 1959, Joe Aurelio's family pizzeria has been perfecting its recipe so that it is crisp but not cracker-y and sturdy enough to support the generous amount of cheese and high quality toppings distributed upon it. Early on is also when Joe started using homemade sausage instead of pre-cooking it. If you eat meat, definitely get the sausage. I also encourage you to get it "well done with extra sauce" for golden baked cheese on a sweet bed of tomato sauce that is so good, they mention "It's the sauce" on every box. Judging by the fact there are well over 30 locations from Vegas to Florida, the word is out on Aurelio's. Some people travel the country to visit every baseball park, I'd like to do that with every Aurelio's. 


PHOTOS:

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Day 29

pie


MISCELLANEOUS:
Sean, Robin, Armando, Paul, Lily

1. Armando is from Chicago - very near the original location of Aurelio's. He first ate Aurelio's pizza when he was in grade school and has loved it ever since. For Pizza Month, he ordered it from the store so we could eat it "together from 2,000 miles apart." 

2. We brought our own plates, napkins and drinks anticipating a search for a nearby park for a picnic.  Turns out, the strip mall where Auerlio's is located has several outdoor picnic tables meaning that we ate 15 feet away from the door to the pizzeria.  

RATING:
 5/5

  • VALUE:
     5/5

  • AMBIENCE:
     3/3

  • TASTE:
     10/10

  • SERVICE:
     3/3
21/21 = 1.00 x 5 = 5.00