Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Day 4, 2015: Kiabacca Bar (Hell's Kitchen, NYC)

DAY 4: OCTOBER 4th, 2015

LOCATION: Kiabacca Bar (639 10th Ave,  Hell's Kitchen, NYC)

GUEST(S): Lance Kushner,  Helaine Kushner,  Jason Sylva, Susan Jackson, Alexander Wahl, Paul Monteau

ORDER: 1 slice of a 12" Margherita, 1 slice of a 12" Clam Digger, 1 slice of a Return of the Big Mike, half slice of a 12" Bro Heavy, 1 slice of a 12" Conflicted

Bar pie - in that order. Kiabacca Bar features nearly two dozen top flight craft beers on tap, a full bar, and brick oven pizza that goes beyond the typical pub fare.  Compared to most bars, even the plain Margherita is better than average.  But when in Kiabacca -- which is named after a rare plant that grows in St. Croix and looks very similar to marijuana  -- order the creatively named specialty pies. The thin gas powered Midwest style crusts serve as sturdy vehicles for powerfully flavored topping combinations including hearty meats, garlic, longneck clams, and fresh veggies.  Each make excellent pairings with their top tier beverage selections. Eat all 15 signature varieties and earn yourself an island "round trip" tee shirt. The pies come in two different sizes, personal and 12", but taste so good, that really they both are pretty personal. I recommend coming with a group of people and trying one of every pie. That's what I did and now I'm only five pies away from a tee shirt!


Bro Heavy
Return of the Big Mike
Clam Digger
A slice of Conflicted
Pizza Trek
Day 4
Post game pizza
The Menu

1. We won our third game of the fall co-ed high arc softball season. As I get older, my night vision gets worse - fortunately, I never got a ball hit to me in center field.  I closed out the game at pitcher and recorded my first strike out of the season.
2.  Susan Jackson and I would love to one day visit the Statue of Liberty.  Susan's husband Jason went as a child.
3. Alexander Wahl says he has awesome videos and pix on his phone but I won't believe it until I see it.
4. Helaine Kushner always wanted to live in Vermont. Paul Monteau recently got a house there. His kids started skiing when they were 2.
5. Lance Kushner, Paul, and I are all Mets fans and will hopefully attend a post season game.


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  • TASTE:

15/21 = .714 x 5 = 3.57

Monday, October 5, 2015

Day 3, Ribalta (Greenwich Village, NYC)

DAY 3: OCTOBER 3rd, 2015

LOCATION: Ribalta (48 East 12th Street, Greenwich Village, NYC)

GUEST(S): Michael McLarnon, Robin Rothman

ORDER: 2 slices of DOC, 1 slice of a 4 Formaggi, 3 slices of a Capricciosa

Vera good! Ribalta offers an alternative to traveling to Italy for an authentic Naples style pizza. Certified Vera Pizza Napoletana, this Union Square area pizzeria provides its pizzaioli training and ingredients required to cook pizza in the traditional Neapolitan manner.  Our waitress and, not surprisingly, a large percentage of the clientele spoke Italian. Everything from the flour, the yeast, the tomatoes, the buffalo milk mozzarella, and even the founder and head chef Pasquale Cozzolino are imported directly from Naples. For this reason, it comes as no shock that the DOC (Denominazione di origine controllata) is the crown jewel of the menu. The rich San Marzano tomato sauce combines with the creamy bufala mozzarella cheese and fresh cut basil upon an expertly sculpted and slightly charred wood-fired crust resulting in the perfect Margherita. Other signature pies offer additional high quality ingredients and flavor combinations including fancy cheeses and imported meats. The full menu and ambiance suggests Ribalta is much more than just a pizzeria. I can't wait to go back for another DOC and try the Roman style pies which might not be Vera Pizza Romana, but I have no doubt they are also vera delicious!


DOC (Margherita)
4 Formaggi
Day 3
a slice of Capricciosa
Vera Pizza Napoletana certified

Pizzaiolo and wood-fired brick oven


My pizza guests
1. Michael McLarnon is a sketch and improv comedian that plays the mandolin, is on a B league dart team, and helped me code the mobile version of the Magnet Theater's website.
2. Robin Rothman and I proctored a mock SHSAT today in two different areas of Manhattan at the same time.  The SHSAT is the standardized test that 8th and 9th graders take to gain admission into public (specialized) high schools in New York City.

RtoL: TJ & Dave
3. In the evening we watched TJ and Dave - two of the greatest improv comedians alive.  Here is a bootleg photo of the two involved in a show that ended in a standing ovation.  You have to see these guys live to believe it.


  • VALUE:


  • TASTE:

19/21 = .905 x 5 = 4.52