Monday, September 29, 2014

Pizza Month 2014

Happy Pizza Month 2014!
October is National Pizza Month. In order to observe this month "the right way," I intend to eat at least one slice of pizza every day of it. I hope to learn from past experience (Pizza Month '02, '03, '04, '05, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13) and make Pizza Month 2014 not just the latest, but the greatest 31 Days of Pizza known to [this] man.

In addition to the NYC area, my 2014 pizza campaign has me spending a week of the month in Arizona and Las Vegas.  Rumor has it, the pizza out there is as great as the canyons are grand.  It will be my wife and my first trip to the Southwest together so please send recommendations!

My rules are clear, and I am determined to adhere to all three of them. They are…
(1) Eat at least one slice of pizza a day
(2) With at least one other person
(3) At a different pizza place each day

As with past years, I encourage everyone reading this to eat pizza every day of October as well. If you can't stomach 31 days, then settle for 30 (or 29, or 28…) Also, if you are in the NYC metropolitan area, know a great place to eat pizza, and don't mind the company…then please invite me along! No matter how you plan to observe National Pizza Month 2014, always feel free to follow me in my pursuit of the 31 days on this journal. For a preview of what is to come, you may want to view the archived Pizza Months Past (2002 - 2013) journals as a reference.


Two other items that will make the 2014 pursuit unique.  I am thrilled to announce the return of my one man pizza month storytelling show called SLICES OF LIFE on October 27th at 7pm at the Magnet Theater. Yes, there will be free pizza provided by Slicey award winner NY Pizza Suprema. Please make your reservation now!

Another less thrilling item on the Pizza Month 2014 agenda is knee surgery.  Apparently meniscus tears don't heal no matter how much pizza you eat. I know that I am not allowed to eat the day of the surgery and recognize that I may have to finish out the month on crutches, but I am committed to conquering the 31 Days of Pizza for the 13 straight year!

Feel free to follow my progress here!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Check Out this Grandma at Uncle Mario's...

I posted a review/recommendation for a NYC pizzeria called  Uncle Mario's.  I really like good grandma slices and Uncle Mario's has one.  Get one and share your grandma with others.
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Taking a Date to a Pizzeria...

Ever take a first date to a pizzeria?  Of course I think it's romantic...I'm a pizza freak.  But what do you think?  Here is my latest contribution to's blog...


Friday, July 25, 2014

Pizza Mailbag #1: Italian for pizza lovers

My most recent contribution to Delivery.COM's blog features answers to some frequently asked questions and a lot of Italian words.  I hope you like it!

link to article 

Friday, June 20, 2014


In the spirit of the World Cup, I have declared my own personal champion pizza style: NY Coal Fired Brick Oven Pizza.  I wrote a post about it for

link to article

Friday, May 30, 2014

Pardon My

My recent contribution to's blog is an entry about French pizza (aka tarte flambee). Coincidentally, I am heading to Paris, France next week so please let me know if there is something in France (aside from the obvious) that I cannot miss.  Also, if you know of a good place to grab a slice, please contact me!

click on pic to open blog entry

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Merilu Sells Roman Style Pizza "by the meter"

I recently visited Merilu Pizza Al Metro and recommended it on  The link to the blog entry is below.  Apparently, "Al Metro" means "by the meter" which, considering it's pre-cut, it's just a fancy way of saying "by the slice."  Merilu is in my neighborhood so you can bet I'll be back.  I visited Rome and yet it took a trip down the street to find out just what Roman style pizza means.

The blog entry goes more in depth about it but it does leave out one thing - my favorite photo.

Here is a photo of my cat Maryloo with the pizza from Merilu --  Meriloo squared!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Got Pizza Socks? I do.

Thanks to an improv comedian named John Mabey, I am now the proud owner of pizza socks.  I've been told they are not edible.  That said, the more I wear them, the less tempted I am to eat them.  Here's a photo of them.

The gift was bittersweet though.  John Mabey and his spouse are headed off to England indefinitely making the improv show at my monthly comedy show called Variety Underground, his last performance on this side of the pond.  My spouse, Robin Rothman, also performed at the venue on the same day and so not end on a sad note, here is a link to her latest (and, in my opinion, greatest) original song...(click to play the song)

Robin singing "Your Love Rescued Me"

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BTW, Here's Answers to FAQ about Pizza Acronyms FYI

My latest contribution to the blog explores some of the most delicious acronyms on the pizza menu. From DOC to VPN, these acronyms are acro-yummy so don't read on an empty stomach.

Unforgettable VPN, and Other Official Pizza Acronyms

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I Also Like Waldy's Wood-fired Pizza & Penne...

My latest contribution to the Delivery.COM blog is this recommendation for Waldy's Wood-fired Pizza & Penne.  They make a unique crisp football shaped pie with high quality ingredients and..well, if I keep writing about it, I'll probably have to stop there on the way home.  Here's the link:

Snapshot of the article

Sunday, March 30, 2014

More Slices of Life...One-Man Pizza Show Returns Apr 13th @6pm

Thanks to the overwhelming support of everyone who came out to see the debut of SLICES OF LIFE, my One-Man Pizza show, the Magnet Theater has asked for an encore.  This time, my show will be splitting the bill with TEST DRIVE SHOW with a funny sketch comedy group called Cool Kid Comedy Hour.

With director Rob Penty in my corner, expect at least one new story, better visuals, and more free pizza.    I hope you can make it!

Link for reservations:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

When You and Pi Collide

Here is my most recent (and most nerdy) contribution to Delivery.COM's blog.  This marks the first time I have photoshopped an image of pizza to celebrate a mathematical constant.  Click on the link or the snapshot below:

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Slices of Life: My One-Man Pizza Show debuts to a full house!

Still shot taken by my mom (Kitzi)

This past Sunday, (March 9th), I performed in my first ever one-man show called SLICES OF LIFE and, thanks to the overwhelming support of the audience,  it won't be my last!

Drawing from experiences during Pizza Months 2002 - 2013, I told stories about the many people I have met, places I have gone, and pizza I have consumed.  Topics such as the origin of pizza, the mafia, and even my own dating life were explored, and we wrapped up the evening with a pizza party in the lobby of the Magnet Theater!

I want to extend an extra special thanks to Megan Gray, the Artistic Director of the Magnet Theater for providing me the opportunity to perform as well as Joe Riggio, the owner of NY Pizza Suprema for supplying the post-show pizza.

Finally, I must thank my wife Robin Rothman Taylor for helping me conceive of the idea, her behind-the-scenes direction/encouragement, video coverage during, and assistance afterward (schlepping the pies from Suprema to the Magnet.)

Overall, I give the entire experience 5/5 slices.  Thank you everyone for your continued support and interest in Pizza Month over the past 12 years.  I will be posting dates and showtimes for future show here, so please stay tuned to my blog for updates!


Post show Pizza Party in the Lobby of the Magnet Theater

Eddie & Val from NY Pizza Suprema

Danica Lo, Jen Dixon, Eric Del Pozo and I after the show

Me and Scott Wiener (of Scott's Pizza Tours)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

A Look Back...Facebook Style

Compiling stories for my one-man Pizza show called SLICES OF LIFE (reservation link) coming up this Sunday, reacquainted me with some photos and videos from past Pizza Months.  I decided to put them together in a Facebook-esque montage.  I credit Facebook because they gave users the ability to generate a retrospective video to commemorate their 10 year anniversary.  Of course, since Pizza Month is 12 years old, it actually outdates Facebook (but Facebook brings in more money, I'm told).  In any event, here is Pizza Month: A Look Back

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Slices of Life: my one-man pizza show is coming 3/9 at 6pm

My one-man Pizza storytelling show called Pizza Month's SLICES OF LIFE debuts next Sunday (March 9th) at 6pm at the Magnet Theater (254 W. 29th St) in New York City.

Tix are $5 and there will be free pizza from NY Pizza Suprema. 


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Put A Fork In My Most Recent Contribution...

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio created quite a stir when cut his Goodfella's pizza with a knife and fork.  I weighed in on that and on Goodfella's pizza, in general on's blog.  Hope you like reading it half as much as I enjoyed eating/writing it!

Snapshot of blog entry (click for entire article)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Do Try Me, Crabtree! - Topping Recommendations for a Super Sunday! featured a piece I wrote about topping suggestions to try and pizza toppings to avoid.  I was inspired by a remix The Gregory Brothers cut together from the post game interview with Seattle Seahawks Corner Richard Sherman.  Below is a link to the article and below that is a link to the Remix.

Link to article on

"Don't Try Me...Crabtree!" by The Gregory Brothers

Friday, January 24, 2014

2007 Slicey Award Arrives at Arturo's

Better late than never. Arturo's won the first ever Slicey Award back in 2007 - before the award was even called a "Slicey." Since the first award ceremony was recorded in my closet, the prize was merely a Photoshopped virtual award.  But, thanks to my brother's wood shop and wife's FIMO clay abilities, the Slicey has become a tangible reality.

FIMO clay pizzas fresh out of the [conventional gas] oven
I had the honor of presenting the long overdue placard to Scott, the current owner and son of the late Arturo Giunta. 

LtoR: Sean Taylor, Scott Giunta

Look for it amongst the millions of eclectic wall hangings ranging from celebrity pictures to personal pieces of art by "Art"uro himself!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Suprema's Cheese Slice...The Best In The City asked me to recommend a pizzeria in the city so I figured I'd play favorites.  The plain cheese slice at NY Pizza Suprema is my favorite slice.  Try it and it may soon be yours.  If you want to read my full recommendation on, click on the link below...

Monday, January 13, 2014

Pizza Party Protocol: Ordering

Having a Pizza Party?  I wrote a piece featured on's blog that provides some insight on ordering the right amount of pizza.  Pay particular attention to the fifth and most important step!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Google Map tracker exceeds 400 Pizzeria Links!

Every pizza day of every Pizza Month in the last 12 years (2002-2013) has been archived and can now be tracked online using Google maps!

To date, this amounts to 402 links to pizzerias from California to Italy. Given that I have resided in NYC for nearly 15 years, a great many (339 to be exact) are in and around the New York City metropolitan area. Thanks to recommendations from friends, family, and pizza enthusiasts, I am happy to have visited pizzerias in New York, Rome, Naples, Sicily, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Orleans, Florida, Tennessee, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

 Check them all out here:


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Pizza Month 2013 archived

Pizza Month 2013 is "locked and loaded" onto my home site.  Check it out by clicking on the snapshot below.  WARNING: do not do this on an empty stomach!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Delivery.COM delivers plug for 31daysofpizza

...And 31daysofpizza.COM delivers right back! featured one of my pizza days on their blog.  Thanks for thinking of me!  Click on their logo below to see the blog post...

Saturday, November 2, 2013

And the Slicey goes to...

Congratulations to Pizza Month 2013 Slicey Award winners....





Look forward to seeing placards that resemble the photo above in the pizzerias mentioned above!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Thanks for the memories...

And thus concludes Pizza Month 2013 - one of the most, if not the most, delicious Quests for the 31 Days of Pizza I have ever eaten.

Thank you to the people and places that helped make this possible.

Individually, my pizza guests were...
(in order of appearance)
Alan Fessenden
David Sewell
Matt Kuhn
Eric Buchman
Melissa Buchman
Zoe Buchman
Alecia Kuhn
Robin Rothman
Jay Hoskins
Jen Sanders
Rachel Axelrod
Caroline Ficksman
DesireƩ Nash
Benjamin Oren
Melissa Oren
Tony Carnevale
Matt Pack
Erica Rivinoja
Prince Neelankavil
Deborah Horwits
Liam Weir
Ptolemy Slocum
Shelly Slocum
Shawn Amaro
Adam Koppel
Laura Han
John Amaro
Shawn Amaro
Mary Rooney
Megan Rees
Adrian Amaro
RJ Amaro
Jay W.
Carly Heims
Lance Kushner
Zander Wahl
Chuck Divak
Katie Nelson-Croner
Ali Davis
Tony Carnevale
Alexis Saarela
Terry Jinn
Matt Shafeek
Quinton Loder
Paulie Gee
Lindsay DeRose
Kitzi Taylor
Cyrus Footman
Helaine Kushner
Lily Rothman
Shawn Wickens
Jaqueline Fouasnon
Adam Kuban
Kaitlin Fontana
Chris Simpson
Alana O'Brien
Jon Kushne
Gwen Mesco
Kevin Lalka
Emily Johnson
Matt Hammond
Shalini Tripathi
Scott Galante
Ed Camus
Annemarie Cullen
Vanessa Trost
Tony Leventhal
Zohar Adner
Scott Wiener
Omar Kadir
Ruby Marez
David DeVaughn

And the following Pizzerias
(in order of appearance)

Stay tuned here in the next couple of days as the winners of this year's SLICEY awards are announced!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Day 31, 2013: Susanna Pizzeria (W. Village, NYC)

DAY 31: OCTOBER 31st, 2013

LOCATION: Susanna Pizzeria (182 Bleecker St, NYC)

ORDER: 1 slice of Margherita with prosciutto, 1 slice of Margherita with buffalo mozzarella, 1 slice of Carbonara (tomato mozzarella, pancetta, egg, parmesan)

GUEST(S): Ruby Marez, David DeVaughn

A Southern Italian dish with Northern Italian style. Named in honor of the three owners' mother, Susanna is the first New York location of the Verona based company.  Using imported Italian pizzioli, authentic Italian cooking techniques, and a gas powered rotating stone Italian oven, the gentlemen of Verona have a recipe for success.  The owners opted for the gas oven to conform with fire code regulations and have since been adapting to achieve their conventional wood-fired taste with it.  Judging by the evenly cooked crisp outer rim with hints of char, they are on the right track.  Although the pies are prepared in the Napoli tradition, the innovative topping combinations reflect the owners' Florentine upbringing creating a best of Italy on each and every pie.  According to Susanna's website, the pies are intended to be shared so bring a bunch of friends and order a bunch of pies so you can marvel at how each one is distinctly delicious.  Given the thickness, or, more appropriately, thinness of the pies, expect that you may require reinforcements. You're in luck, word hasn't spread just yet so you can stay in the spacious dining area or backyard patio as you want or can afford.  Speaking of which, these exquisite imported Italian pies might be discounted for lunch but they are not cheap.  I look forward to returning to Susanna.



Margherita with buffalo mozzarella

Margherita with prosciutto

Slice of Margherita with buffalo cheese


1. Ruby Marez is on a sketch comedy troupe called CASH that performs at the Magnet theater on select Sundays at 7:30pm. She also is in a one person show called hot mess? 
2. David DeVaughn puts hot sauce on, like everything. 
3. This concludes Pizza Month 2013. Oh how delicious it was. Thanks for reading. See you next year. If you happen to be in town, let's grab a slice together. October is National Pizza month but the other 11 months are "research."

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