Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Slice of Christmas...

Thanks to a gift from Richard Morgan, I now am the proud owner of pepperoni Christmas tree pin.  Some folks think it's too early to start celebrating the holidays but with a pin this neat, I may be wearing it all year!
Sean, Richard, and a slice of Christmas 
Happy Holidays!

Pizza Earth and good will to men!


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Pizza Month 2017 has been Consolidatabased

link: http://www.seantaylor.us/pizzamonth.php?collectionid=25
Pizza Month 2017 is over. Now, the reviews, photos, memories are all that remain...And thanks to modern technology, they have all been consolidated and posted online with the previous 15 annual quests for the 31 days of pizza!

For those that prefer a more map-o-matical view, here is one of every review I have written on this planet - thanks to the good people at Google Earth.
map link: http://www.seantaylor.us/googlemap.php


And finally, for you list lovers, here is a clickable "table of contents" view of the reviews...
list link: http://www.seantaylor.us/pizzareviews_toc.php


Friday, November 10, 2017

Don't Look Back in Hunger - Pizza Month 2017

Pizza Month 2017
My quest for the 31 Days of Pizza [2017] is over.  I am pleased to report that for the 16th consecutive October, I have successfully eaten pizza every day of National Pizza Month, at a different pizzeria, with at least one guest.

I'm pleased to report that I had pizza in every borough of New York City and grabbed a slice as far south as Robbinsville, New Jersey and as far north as Boston, Massachusetts.  I was able to avoid driving by instead traveling by subway, Citibike, Staten Island ferry, Via, Greyhound bus, NJ transit, PATH train and in the cars of some great friends. In all, 131 slices of pizza were consumed at 32 pizzerias with over 62 pizza guests.

Here are links to reviews of all of the pizzerias visited during Pizza Month 2017...

Williamsburg Pizza (Brooklyn, NY)
&Pizza (New York, NY)
Carmine and Sons Pizzeria and Sports Bar (Brooklyn, NY)
Speedy Romeo (LES) (New York, NY)
Full Moon Pizzeria (Bronx, NY)
Zero Otto Nove (Bronx, NY)
Colony Grill (Stamford, CT)
Ernie's Pizzeria (New Haven, CT)
Area Four (500 Technology Square, MA)
B Squared (New York, NY)
Prince Street Pizza (New York, NY)
Sac's Pizzeria (Astoria, NY)
Corner Slice (New York, NY)
De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies (Robbinsville, NJ)
Archie's Bar & Pizza (Brooklyn, NY)
Sizzle Pie (Brooklyn, NY)
Tomato & Pesto Pizzeria (Rego Park, NY)
Emily (Brooklyn, NY)
Gruppo Thin Crust Pizza (New York, NY)
Razza Pizza Artigianale (Jersey City, NJ)
Sottocasa (Harlem) (New York, NY)
Brother's Pizza (Staten Island) (Staten Island, NY)
Screamer's Pizzeria (Brooklyn, NY)
V&T (New York, NY)
Gristmill (Brooklyn, NY)
Martina (New York, NY)
Joe's Pizza (Times Sq) (New York, NY)
Mercato Tomato Pie (Newark, NJ)
My Apartment (New York, NY)
Apizza Regionale (Brooklyn, NY)
Stone Bridge Pizza & Salad (New York, NY)
Massoni (New York, NY)


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

Robin Rothman, Scott Wiener, Michael McLarnon, Meryl, Fred Urfer, Jun Naito, Tony Carnevale, Maddy Mako, Dot McMillan, Paul Ryan, Steve Slate, Greg Turner, Habiba Waziruddin, Bianca Casusol, Terry Jinn, Alexis Saarela, Paulie Gee, Shaun Farrugia, Amanda Xeller, Rick Andrews, Zohar Adner, Corey Hanewich, Rachel Fulton, Kahala Bonsignore, Helaine Kushner, Lance Kushner, Stefan Dreisbach-Williams, Lily Rothman, Paul Rothman, Elana Fishbein, Sean Manning, Patrick, Joe Corbo, Kevin Danenberg, Jay Ferriera, Chad White, Holland Cowger, Johnathan Ross, Lorina Ladrillono, Katey, Juan Monroy, Claudia Toth, Christopher Simpson, Michael Kornhauser, Kitty Kornhauser, Jenny Dumlao, Ron Palais, Adam Kuban, Linda Butterworth, Andrew Butterworth, Nathaniel Rink, Carter, Astoria, Franklin, Jen MacNeil Danenberg, Clara, Lee Rosenberg, Eden Gauteron, Rob Penty, Sebastian Rizzi, Gianfranco Perez, and Rocco.


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

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Thanks for the mention, Time Out New York!

Before pizza month 2017 began, I was approached by editor Richard Morgan of Time Out New York to assemble a list of my favorite pizzerias around the city that might not be on everyone's radar.  With all the incredible pizza New York has to offer, this was a daunting assignment but having the opportunity to introduce people to places they may have overlooked was a challenge I was happy to accept.  Here is a list of 28 of them....

link: https://www.timeout.com/newyork/restaurants/best-new-york-pizza

Thanks again, Time Out New York!


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

That's all, folks! #pizzamonth2017

Days 1-31 of Pizza Month 2017
For people who asked why I took a selfie everyday of me eating a slice of pizza the answer is...

So I could animate it when the month was finished. Notice as the month went on, I gradually ate more and more of the pizza slice before taking the selfie.  #WorthIt


Day 31, 2017: Massoni (Midtown, NYC)

Exterior

To-go counter

Interior of dining area

DAY 31: OCTOBER 31st, 2017

LOCATION: Massoni (11 E 31st St, New York, NY 10016)

GUEST(S): Robin Rothman, Scott Wiener, Michael McLarnon, Meryl

ORDER: 1 slice of pepperoni, pickled pepper, honey and half a slice of cheese, sauce, oregano

REVIEW: 
Motown pizza meets Midtown. Tucked just inside the Arlo Hotel you'll find Massoni, a pizza joint surrounded by a menagerie of Italian delicacies from espresso to Detroit style Sicilian pizza. While this works perfectly for the consumer on the go, Massoni also offers a full sit-down experience in its spacious uber-stylish dining room hidden just beyond the hotel lobby complete with full bar and attentive wait staff. Wherever you decide to dine, make sure you eat the pizza! Two by two, the thick square slices ensure that everyone gets an edge complete with the characteristic burnt cheese ends. As good as the crust is, the focus of this style of pizza is on the toppings and Massoni only uses top-of-the-line ingredients. My favorite, the pepperoni signature pie, comes loaded with hand cut pepperoni, pickled peppers, creamy mozzarella, savory tomato sauce and a touch of honey. Every bite is unique in taste and consistency, with varying degrees of spiciness, sweetness, cheesiness, and crispness. I am glad to have given Massoni a test drive and can't wait to return to the delicious dealership!


PHOTOS:
pepperoni, pickled pepper, honey pie

cheese, sauce, oregano pie

Add caption

underside

half a slice of cheese, sauce, oregano

air bubble on cheese, sauce, oregano

Day 31
MISCELLANEOUS:
Michael, Meryl, Scott, Robin, Sean
1. I met Meryl today. She would be a ringer for a pub trivia team in need of a pop culture expert.  She also broke out a costume mid-meal and then it was gone by the end. It was a great bringing together of friends past, present, future and also my wife.

From 2010 (link)
From 2017
2. Scott Wiener (from Scott's Pizza Tours) and I took a similar photo exactly seven years ago.
Robin as Trudy Carmichael
3. Robin Rothman costumed up after pizza into her alter-ego Trudy Carmichael to host and perform in the Musical Magnet Mixer at the Magnet Theater.

4. Michael McLarnon came to pizza s my friend and Meryl came as Scott's friend but it turns out that Michael and Meryl have known each other longer than I have known either one. #SmallWorld

RATING:
 4.17/5

  • VALUE:
     3/5

  • AMBIENCE:
     3/3

  • TASTE:
     8.5/10

  • SERVICE:
     3/3
17.5/18 = .833 x 5 = 4.17

Day 30, 2017: Stone Bridge Pizza & Salad (Midtown, NYC)

Exterior

Interior

DAY 30: OCTOBER 30th, 2017

LOCATION: Stone Bridge Pizza & Salad  (16 E 41st St, New York, NY 10017)

GUEST(S): Robin Rothman, Fred Urfer

ORDER: 2 slices of Margherita (Fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, sliced plum tomatoes, pecorino romano and fresh basil), 2 slices of Weekly Special (Carolina pulled pork, green pepper), 1.5 slices of White Pizza (Special bechamel white sauce, mozzarella, caramelized onions, bacon, arugula and a drizzle of truffle oil)

REVIEW: 
Upstate farm-to-midtown-table. Stone Bridge Farm in Schuylerville, New York takes its produce directly to market in the form of pizza and salad ingredients at a storefront in the heart of Manhattan. Hydroponically raised herbs and spices along with environmentally minded techniques support the next generation by both looking out for the Earth and feeding its occupants. Stone Bridge Pizza and Salad utilizes the increasingly popular counter service model to usher the pizza making process like a fine tuned machine. Dough balls uniformly flattened by a dough press are topped with the patron’s desired ingredients before being sent to a gas powered oven for a quick bake and then promptly delivered to the customer's table. The pizzas are tasty and the fact that the store is supplied by a forward-thinking farm makes it all the more fulfilling. The high quality ingredients also retain optimal flavor by spending less time in transit. Pies are reasonably priced considering the location and it won’t be long before every table in the sizable dining area is occupied by a satisfied customer.


PHOTOS:
Make table

Counter

Gas powered brick oven

Weekly special

White pie

Margherita

slice of Margherita

Slice of Weekly Special

Underside

Day 30
MISCELLANEOUS:
Robin, Fred, Sean


1. Fred Urfer is running the NYC marathon this weekend. It's his second marathon and he's shooting for a 3:30 time which is nine minutes faster than my best and over an hour better than my worst.

2. Robin Rothman wrote a song when we got home and it just about made me cry.  Man, she's good.  I hope to record it and post it on her soundcloud account here: https://soundcloud.com/robin-rothman-music

RATING:


 3.61/5

  • VALUE:
     3/5

  • AMBIENCE:
     3/3

  • TASTE:
     7/10

  • SERVICE: N/A
13/18 = .722 x 5 = 3.61