Monday, October 15, 2018

Day 13, 2018: Bleecker Street Pizza (W. Village, NYC)

Exterior

Interior of dining area

DAY 13: OCTOBER 13th, 2018

LOCATION: Bleecker Street Pizza (69 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014)

GUEST(S): Amadou, Maddy Mako, Angela DeManti, Robin Rothman, Dave Eng, Carolyn Chen, Andrew Fafoutakis, Ron Palais, Dan Benjamin, Laura, Jen MacNeil Danenberg

ORDER: 1 slice of cheese

REVIEW: 
New York’s finest Pizza. Most locals know that Bleecker Street Pizza serves one of the best slices in the city. What they might not know is the New York story behind how it came to be in the first place. The founder, the late Douglas Greenwood, opened up shop in 2004 committed to replicating the pizza recipe his grandma made when he was younger. Owning a pizzeria was not Doug's chosen career.  He was a cop.  He served for 26 years, 40 days of which were spent on "The Pile" in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Soon thereafter, Doug developed respiratory issues that directly led to his retirement from the force. His failing health did not stop him from making his dream a reality.  Neither did cost of grandma (Nonna) Maria's high quality ingredients nor the skyrocketing Manhattan rent prices. Wedged smack dab in the middle of the West Village, Doug Greenwood's cozy Bleecker Street Pizza opened its doors. It didn't take long for everyone to notice and fall in love with the little slice joint. Crowds of people including cops on the beat, Bleecker Street musicians, NYU students, Christopher Street cabaret stars, celebrities and drunk bridge and tunnel revelers line up until 5am to get a taste.  People that might not agree about much else agree that Bleecker Street pizza is worth the wait. But, as of October 2018, we might not have to!  Bleecker Street Pizza opened up a sit-down pie place next door! Now patrons can have their slice and eat it too.  What are we waiting for?

New York’s finest Pizza. Most locals know that Bleecker Street Pizza serves one of the best slices in the city. What they might not know is the New York story behind how it came to be in the first place. The founder, the late Douglas Greenwood, opened up shop in 2004 committed to replicating the pizza recipe his grandma made when he was younger. Owning a pizzeria was not Doug's chosen career. He was a cop. He served for 26 years, 40 days of which were spent on "The Pile" in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Soon thereafter, Doug developed respiratory issues that directly led to his retirement from the force. His failing health did not stop him from making his new dream a reality. Neither did the cost of grandma Maria's high quality ingredients nor the skyrocketing Manhattan rent prices. Wedged smack dab in the middle of the West Village, Doug Greenwood's cozy Bleecker Street Pizza has been serving up Nonna Maria's best ever since.  It didn't take long for everyone to notice and fall in love with the little slice joint. Crowds of people including cops on the beat, Bleecker Street musicians, NYU students, Christopher Street cabaret stars, celebrities and drunk bridge and tunnel revelers line up until 5am to get a taste. People that might not agree about much else agree that Bleecker Street pizza is worth the wait but, as of October 2018, we might not have to! Bleecker Street Pizza opened up a sit-down pie place next door! Now patrons can sit down while enjoying the delicious legacy of one of New York City's most stand up guys.


PHOTOS:
Extra Large Cheese pie

Slice of cheese

underside

Day 13 bite

Day 13 instagram


MISCELLANEOUS:
Amadou, Maddy Mako, Angela DeManti, Robin Rothman, Sean Taylor, Dave Eng, Andrew Fafoutakis, Carolyn Chen, Ron Palais, Dan Benjamin, Laura, Jen MacNeil Danenberg
1. Maddy Mako got an awesome new haircut and I think Amadou agrees.

2. Ask Angela DeManti to tell you a story about her dad and baseball. She has like three stories that each last about five minutes and will leave you laughing and endeared to her and her father forever.

3. Andrew Fafoutakis is a Frank's RedHot kind of guy whereas Dave Eng prefers Sriracha.

4. Carolyn Chen and Dave Eng recently returned from a trip out west and took like the most beautiful pictures. Facebook friend them and you're feed will instantly become a million times more scenic.

5. Ron Palais and I are Mets fans and hope Jacob de Grom wins the Cy Young this year.  After pizza we went to a place called GROM for gelato.  They even have a flavor called Creme di grom which both of us thought the other would have ordered...but didn't.  I hope the real de Grom fares better when they pick the winner of the Cy Young.

6. Dan Benjamin and Laura are gonna have us over for a pizza party soon.

7. Jen MacNeil Danenberg got her husband to stay home with her firstborn to come out to support Robin in her show.

Dan Reitz, Steve Whyte, Trudy Carmichael, and Frank Spitznagel
8. It was Opening Night for Robin Rothman's FringeNYC show called Trudy Carmichael Presents: The Improvised One-Woman Herstory. Thanks to overwhelming support of her (and my) friends, it was a smashing success.  Not only was it a sell out, but Robin and her band were incredible.  I had the honor of introducing the show. There are still four more opportunities to come see the show but it's gonna be hard to top that! (Tickets available here)

Bite outtake #1

Bite outtake #2


9. I included the un-intended cheese pull outtakes because, well, it was impressive.

RATING:

 4.40/5

  • VALUE:
     4/5

  • AMBIENCE:
     3/3

  • TASTE:
     8.5/10

  • SERVICE: 
  •  3/3
18.5/21 = .881 x 5 = 4.40

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Day 12, 2018: Angelo's Pizza (Midtown, NYC)

Exterior

Interior (upstairs)

DAY 12: OCTOBER 12th, 2018

LOCATION: Angelo's Pizza (1697 Broadway, New York, NY 10019)

GUEST(S): Erik Tanouye, Robin Rothman, Diana Matuszak, Rachel Fulton, Natalie Evans, Alyssa See

ORDER: 4 slices of Pepperoni

REVIEW: 
Hark! The pizza angels sing. Named in honor of Angelo Angelis, midtown’s Angelo’s coal-fired ovens are churning out some of the best old school New York style pizzas in the city. Although the pizzeria has only been around since 1998, great pizza has been in the Pashalis-Angelis genes for generations. What began with Angelo Angelis's original Pizza Chef in Brooklyn has led to an extended family tree responsible for Nick’s in Forest Hills, the Patsy’s franchises, Adrienne’s Pizza Bar downtown and Pietro's in Philadelphia. Relying on time-tested recipes, top quality ingredients, and a dependable baking technique, Angelo's (like its many sister/cousin/grandfather restaurants) maintains a tradition of excellent pizza created by Italian immigrants in the early 20th century.  I recommend the hand cut pepperoni that curls up into little cups.  Also, expect the signature black char on the outer edge and  underside of the thin crust.  Both are results from dough being heated at temperatures nearly 1,000'F.  Unlike most great pizzerias in the city, Angelo's pizzerias are located in very tourist-heavy areas. This is one of the reasons long-time residents have probably never been.  Great pizza might be the only thing that tourists, residents, natives can all get behind. If that's the case, we should all get behind Angelo's.


PHOTOS:
Large pepperoni

Large margherita with arugula

Slice of Pepperoni

Day 12 bite

Day 12 instagram

Angelo's tucked behind Late Show studio

MISCELLANEOUS:
Robin Rothman, Diana Matuszak, Erik Tanouye, Sean Taylor
 1. Erik Tanouye had Diana Matuszak are recently engaged! Also, Erik just had a birthday - I am slightly envious that his birthday always falls in the middle of Pizza Month (October).

2. Diana and Erik are involved in a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program so they get fresh organic produce directly from local farms.  Sometimes they use those ingredients on pizza they make at home.


3. Robin Rothman's NYC Fringe show starts Saturday, October 13th at 7:15pm (tix here).  She's got programs and everything for it. After opening night, we're grabbing a slice with anyone that wants to accompany.  In the meantime, I recommend following her character's instagram feed @trusongstress 

Alyssa See
Rachel Fulton and Natalie Evans
4. After pizza, I brought the leftovers to my softball game and my teammates were thrilled!  Alyssa See, Rachel Fulton, Natalie Evans and I were "powered by pizza" in our loss. The pizza made losing a little easier to swallow.


RATING:


 4.52/5

  • VALUE:
     4/5

  • AMBIENCE:
     3/3

  • TASTE:
     9/10

  • SERVICE: 
  •  3/3
19/21 = .905 x 5 = 4.52