Saturday, October 20, 2018

Day 17, 2018: Williamsburg Pizza LES (LES, NYC)

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DAY 17: OCTOBER 17th, 2018

LOCATION: Williamsburg Pizza LES (277 Broome St, New York, NY 10002)

GUEST(S): Sean Manning, Glenn Mobley, Patrick

ORDER: 2 slices of Grandma (Basil, Pecorino, Parmigiano Reggiano, Olive Oil, Garlic, Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Sauce), 1 bite of Paesano (Mushrooms, Italian Sausage, Roasted Red Peppers, Homemade Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Sauce), 1 bite of Tartufo (Fresh Mozzarella, Mixed Wild Mushrooms, Rosemary and White Truffle Oil)

REVIEW: 
Williamsburg, Manhattan? Yup.  The tough-to-Google generic name, "Williamsburg Pizza," just got tougher by opening up an outpost in Manhattan's Lower East Side.  But, just like the original, their pizza puts them on the map wherever they are. Also taking after the Brooklyn locale, Williamsburg Pizza LES focuses on ingredients and technique over space and access to public facilities. These resources were better utilized in training talented pizza makers to make top tier New York style pizza with high quality toppings. The pecorino-parmigiano and creamy homemade fresh mozzarella cheese blend with the zesty garlic, imported olive oil, crushed tomato sauce and freshly chopped basil. All of these are available in the signature twice-baked gas oven powered Grandma pie. This Sicilian style square is paradoxically light yet sturdy, firm yet chewy, and thin yet filling. Williamsburg Pizza LES has successfully replicated the marvel of nature created at the original. Although these pies travel well, take a hint from the word "Fresh!" printed on every box and order a fresh pie.


PHOTOS:
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Grandma pie

Grandma slice

Tartufo slice

Paesano slice

Day 17 bite

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MISCELLANEOUS:
Sean Taylor, Patrick, Sean Manning, Glenn Mobley


1. Glenn Mobley recently visited Norway for a reunion of former Disney employees. Patrick also used to work for Disney.

2. Sean Manning has a Florida connection too.  He went to college in Tampa.  He also likes dressing in a suit at work.

3. Glenn Mobley, Sean Manning and I are on the same softball team called the Turkey's Nest.  We play on Sundays during the summer in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

RATING:

 3.89/5

  • VALUE:
     3.5/5

  • AMBIENCE:
     2/3

  • TASTE:
     8.5/10

  • SERVICE: N/A
14/18 = .778 x 5 = 3.89

Friday, October 19, 2018

Day 16, 2018: Adoro Lei (Hudson Square, NYC)

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DAY 16: OCTOBER 16th, 2018


LOCATION: Adoro Lei (287 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013)

GUEST(S): Robin Rothman, Lily Rothman, Paul Rothman, Kitty Silverman, Tony Zackin

ORDER: 1 slice of Round Square (Brooklyn's Sicilian Style Thin Crust with tomato sauce, ), 1 slice of Casanova (San Marzano tomatoes, pecorino, buffalo mozzarella),  1 slice of Eggplant Supreme (4 Cheese Eggplant Parmigiana Pie), 1 slice of vodka (vodka sauce, cheese), 1 slice of Pietro (cherry tomatoes, basil, pecorino, prosciutto, wild arugula, parmigiano, truffle oil), 1 bite of Veggie Vacanza (Cauliflower crust, fresh tomatoes, red peppers, garlic, caramelized onions, fresh mozzarella)

REVIEW: 
Taking love of pizza to the next level. After visiting Hudson Square's Adoro Lei I think my feelings toward her are similar to the translation: I adore her! I love the hip vibe of the open dining area that is somehow perfect for a group outing yet intimate enough for a date. When combined with the attentive and accommodating staff, Adoro Lei is a match made in heaven. But the thing that brings it all together is the pizza. Not one, but two ovens tended by kitchen staff that knows how to use them. Whether you want a huge New York brick oven pizza or a fancy wood-Fired Naples style pie, Adoro Lei has got you covered. I recommend both. These are serious pizza folks that know how to please their patrons desires. My two favorites were the Round Square and the Eggplant Supreme. Even for someone that doesn't like eggplant, this pie was love at first bite. The Eggplant Supreme pizza combines all the best parts of an eggplant parm on top a pizza! Is their eggplant parm just that good? or has Adoro Lei developed a game-changing recipe? And how is a red plain-looking pie like the Round Square with no mozzarella pack so much flavor into every bite? These are the mysteries I intend to solve. I could use help on this case so join me in this labor of love at Adoro Lei.


PHOTOS:
Vodka (NY brick oven style)

Eggplant Supreme (NY brick oven style)

Pietro (Neapolitan wood-burning oven)

Casanova (Neapolitan wood-burning oven)

Round Square (Neapolitan wood-burning oven)

Veggie Vacanza (NY brick oven style)

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Day 16 bite

MISCELLANEOUS:
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1. Tony Zackin is nearing the launch of a software solution he has been working on for years. He also gave the suggestion for Robin's Fringe NYC show of a famous woman from "herstory" - Marie Curie.

2. Kitty Silverman offered up her shawl as a prop for Robin's Fringe NYC show.

3. Paul Rothman and Lily Rothman are moving to Las Vegas, Nevada very soon.  We hope to celebrate a housewarming with them sometime around Thanksgiving.

4. After dinner we went to Robin Rothman's FringeNYC show.  She killed it!  Here are the final three shows of the five show run of Trudy Carmichael's Herstory:

RATING:

 4.64/5

  • VALUE:
     4.5/5

  • AMBIENCE:
     3/3

  • TASTE:
     9/10

  • SERVICE: 
  •  3/3
19.5/21 = .929 x 5 = 4.64