Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thamesgiving


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  I am currently visiting London, England with my in-laws.  What this town lacks in sun exposure it makes up for in double-decker buses, quaint streets, beautiful buildings, cool bridges, neat telephone booths, funny traditions and great curry.  Despite being in a foreign town, I am thankful to be surrounded by family tonight and sincerely hope you are as well. Have a safe holiday and remember, if you can't have turkey, eat pizza!


Speaking of which, here are the final 10 reviews for Pizza Month 2014.

Stay tuned to 31daysOfPizza.com for the 2014 Slicey Award winners which will be announced on Monday, December 1st, 2014.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thank you for the Birthday wishes...

Shiny, Happy People eating pizza
Saturday (November 15th) was my birthday.  I'm not a huge fan of aging but the overwhelming number of birthday wishes I received from friends, family, and blog readers made the experience a whole lot of fun.  Thank you.

I'd also like to thank the folks at Walter's Bar for agreeing to let me be surrounded by all of my favorite things: NY Pizza Suprema, good beverages, awesome friends, and my wife playing a set of some of my favorite songs!


Here are some photos...
Robin singing

Ruby and Danielle

Pizza time
Angela & Robin
Justin & Sean
Lucky guy and his wife

Robin and duet partner/college chum Danielle

Clash of the canes
Del Frisco's for steak dinner

MaryLoo waiting up for us

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Lost Week...


These past seven days have been spent primarily in the confines of my third floor walk-up apartment recovering from torn meniscus surgery.  In addition to missing several of my improv comedy performances and hosting my monthly comedy variety show, I also missed a Junior Varsity road trip to the Philadelphia Improv Festival.  The good news is that the doctor told me I don't have to use the cane anymore and I got these reviews written from the second week of Pizza Month 2014.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Road to Recovery Paved in Pizza Reviews!

Post-Op with my cat, MaryLoo
I underwent knee surgery this past Monday for a torn meniscus and haven't left my apartment since. I'm told the operation went well but the tear was larger than the doctor expected likely extending my projected recovery time.  The prognosis is good though so I'm using this downtime to catch up on reviews from Pizza Month 2014.  Here are links to Days 1-7...

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Thanks for the Memories, Pizza Month 2014...

My quest for the 31 Days of Pizza [2014] is over.  I am pleased to report that for the 13th consecutive October, I have successfully eaten pizza every day of National Pizza Month, at a different pizzeria, with at least one guest.  In all, 142 slices of pizza were consumed at 36 pizzerias with over 75 pizza guests.



The pizzerias were as follows:


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

Scott Benjamin, LeMar McLean, Louie Pearlman, Ralf Jean-Pierre, Fred Urfer, Robin Rothman Taylor, Lily Rothman, Paul Rothman, Jason Rothman, Jeremy Rothman, Paula Rothman and the other Rothmans, the Shores, Patrick Alexander, Brandon Coyle, Vanessa Fernandez, Shadow Fang, Alexander Wahl, Matt Donnelly, Keeler Donnelly, Mark Lee, Terry Jinn, Alexis Saarela, Risa Harms, Brian Waddell, Shannon Manning, Lance Kushner, Alan Fessenden, Michael McLarnon, Brad Kemp, Ruby Marez, David DeVaughn, Scott Friedstein, Charone Frankel, Gina Annunziato, Shaun Farrugia, Clif Henning, Jen MacNeil Danenberg, Chuck Divak, Alana O'Brien Divak, Lorina Ladrillono, Adam Kuban, Jorelle Aronovich, Alyssa See, Chico Ithier, Cat Alves, Jerry Hoak, Katie Hoak, Taiine Santiago, Cyrus Footman, Helaine Kushner, Eli McCarrel, and the greatest fans on earth, Nithya Venkateswaran, Jesse Scinto, Ginny Humber, Tim Layman, Alex Kornfeld, Josy Conklin, Zoe Dennis, Allie Trimboli, Kevin Danenberg, Brad Stockton, Caitlin Schell, Mark Guinn, Justin McElwee, Rob Penty, Kitzi Taylor, Peter McNerney, Paulie Gee, Scott Wiener, Angela DeManti


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

Friday, October 31, 2014

Day 31, 2014: Zero Otto Nove (Flatiron, NYC)





DAY 31: OCTOBER 31st, 2014

LOCATION: Zero Otto Nove (15 West 21st St, Flatiron District, NYC)

GUEST(S): Rob Penty, Michael McLarnon

ORDER: 2 slices of Margherita (tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, parmigiano, basil), 2 slices of La Cirilo (Butternut squash puree, cream of truffle, mushrooms and fresh mozzarella), 1 slice of Diavola (tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and spicy sopressata)

REVIEW: 
A new favorite.  Named after the first three digits of chef Roberto's Italian phone number, Zero Otto Nove is now available in the 212 area code!  Since it opened in 2008, Zero Otto Nove consistently finds the top of lists ranking New York City pizzerias but its original Bronx address has kept it a relative secret.  But now, thanks to owner and chef Roberto Paciullo, there's a new Zero' in town! And not just anywhere, but near one of the busiest intersections in Midtown Manhattan.  Combining tried and true recipes from the original and another successful endeavor called Roberto's Restaurant, the midtown Zero Otto Nove menu is packed full of upscale Southern Italian influenced dishes and pizza.  At the far end of the extremely spacious-yet-rustic dining area sits a intricately tiled imported wood-fired brick oven.  The well trained pizzaioli quickly transform balls of dough into high quality ingredient laden masterpieces.  Each Margherita is layered with a generous amount of imported San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, rich parmigiano and diced basil before being baked to perfection with a crisp-yet-chewy outer edge.  Be creative and try the popular La Cirilo which combines butternut squash puree, cream of truffle, mushrooms and fresh mozzarella for a unique and delicious eating experience.  I recommend ordering at least one traditional and one signature pie because at Zero Otto Nove, they can do it all and with the crew of friendly servers cutting and serving each slice, they prove it. All you have to do is eat it. I'm looking forward to doing just that on my next (of many) visit.

PHOTOS:

Pizzaiolo and a wood/gas brick oven
Margherita, pre-bake
Margherita, ready-to-serve
slice of Margherita
La Cirilo
Slice of La Cirilo
Diavola
Slice of Diavola
Menu
Interior

MISCELLANEOUS:
Rob Penty and Michael McLarnon
1. Rob Penty and Michael McLarnon and I are three of the computer programmers that help MagnetTheater.com function.  We also are three performers there.
2. It turns out that cappuccino is singular in Italian so if you ever order more than one, you can say "cappuccinos" but know that Italians say "cappuccini."
The last slice of Pizza Month 2014
3. Thus marks the end of pizza month 2014.  Happy Pizza Month to all, and to all a good night!

RATING:

 4.76/5
  • VALUE:
     4.5/5

  • AMBIENCE:
     3/3

  • TASTE:
     9.5/10

  • SERVICE:
     3/3
20/21 = .9523 x 5 = 4.7619