Monday, June 15, 2015

Giuseppina's Slicey Award arrives...

Giuseppina's owner Chris Iacono, the Slicey, and Sean Taylor
Another Slicey goes to Brooklyn - my favorite borough for pizza!  It was an honor and a privilege to present my highest award for pizza to Chris Iacono, the owner of Giuseppina's.  The pizzeria originally earned the honor of "Best New Discovery" during Pizza Month 2013. While I was in the neighborhood (South Slope, Brooklyn) I dined on a couple of Giuseppina's finest and was immediately reminded of just how good pizza can be.  I'm already looking forward to going back partially to see the hardware on the wall, but mainly to get another bite of Chris's pizza.

Exterior of Giuseppina's

Delivery man

Sausage (sweet & spicy)

Michael "the Photographer" McLarnon




Friday, June 5, 2015

Di Fara adds a Slicey to the Wall of Fame


Dom DeMarco holding the Slicey Award
Dominic DeMarco has been slinging award-winning pizzas in his Midwood, Brooklyn Pizzeria since 1964.  I can safely say that he and his pizzzeria called Di Fara have won more pizza praise than any I have ever visited.  As a matter of fact, his dining area is jam-packed with not one, not two,  but three "Walls of Fame."  I hope they have enough room for the 31daysofpizza Slicey Award which I was privileged to present to the man himself last March. 

Why does the award say 2008?
I only started giving out pizza awards in 2007 and, not suprisingly, Dom DeMarco won for BEST TASTING SLICE.  If you have 3 minutes and 48 seconds, here is a video of the first awards ceremony.


The next year, the pizza award was given a name, the Slicey.  Several years later, my brother and I created an actual placard in his woodshed to be awarded to my favorite pizzerias and pizza-makers. Dom DeMarco is the king of this arena and I am very happy he accepted my Slicey!


Interior (Wall of Fame on right)

The money-maker

Exterior of Di Fara (Midwood, Brooklyn)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Pizza Inbox: The Ultimate pizza?



Hi Sean. Thanks for your site. It's great. I was wondering if you had a chance to create the ultimate pizza, how would you do it? Would it be Patsy's crust, Lucali sauce, Grimaldi chesse, etc? I guess what I am trying to say is, what place has the best crust, sauce, cheese, toppings, etc. Thanks for your time. - Brian


Hey Brian,

Glad you like the site and I love your "ultimate pizza" term.  My ultimate pizza would be the following:
Totonno's coal-fired brick oven crust, Lucali's family recipe tomato sauce, Paulie Gee's home-made fresh mozzarella, cut with NY Pizza Suprema's Grande mozzarella and Pecorino Romano cheese blend, garnished with freshly grown herbs and spices from Roberta's backyard garden and finished with Dom DeMarco's (of Di Fara) signature olive oil drizzle.  If I opted for a topping, I'd be torn between Patsy's (original) home-made meatball or Patsy's (chain) hand-cut pepperoni.

Now I'm starving!

Thanks for the question.

Take it easy...and cheesy,
Sean

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Featured in Improv Everywhere's Pizza Party Train

link to article: http://improveverywhere.com/2015/04/14/pizza-party-train/

Thank you to the folks at Improv Everywhere for inviting me to take part in a spontaneous Pizza Party aboard a crowded New York City subway car.  Dressed as a NY Pizza Suprema employees, eight of us carried Slicey award winning cheese pizza slices, plates, napkins, and waters to riders of the last car of the E train - voted "most courteous" car.  It was a delightfully delicious way to give back!

Click on the picture below or the link below to see pictures, video and a recap of the whole event.



Monday, January 19, 2015

And the Winner is...

Eating pizza every day of Pizza Month 2014 enabled me to visit Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam, and even the Grand Canyon before returning home to New York City for some of the greatest pizza on Earth. Each year I like to give out Slicey awards to a few of my favorites.   Without further ado, it gives me great pleasure to announce the winners of the 2014 Slicey Awards.

BEST PIE
Review for Zero Otto Nove (Flatiron, NYC)

BEST SLICE
Review for NY Pizza Suprema (Chelsea, NYC)

Best of the Southwest
Review for Pizza Rock (Las Vegas, NV)

Best New Discovery
Review for GG's (E. Village, NYC)

Congratulations to all the winners! Of course, when it comes to pizza, there are no losers.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

And the Nominees for the 2014 Sliceys are....

NOMINEES
 The 7th Annual Pizza Month Nominations for the 2014 Sliceys

BEST PIE & Best Slice
(PIZZERIAS visited during Pizza Month 2014)

Best of the SouthWest
(PIZZERIAS visited during Sean's 2014 trip to the Southwest)

Best new discovery
(pizzerias opened their doors in 2014)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pizza Month 2014 archived!

Happy New Year, pizza lovers!

I hope your 2015 is off on the right foot.  Remember 2014?  I sure do.  Especially the part where I ate pizza every day for the entire month of October.  It was delicious!  Although the pizza has long since been eaten -- the names, the ratings, the reviews, and the photos have been officially archived online!

link: http://www.seantaylor.us/pizzamonth.php?collectionid=14




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