Thursday, October 28, 2004

Day 28, 2004: Lombardi's Pizzeria (NoLIta, NYC)

DAY 28: October 28th
LOCATION: Lombardi's Pizzeria (32 Spring St., NYC)
GUEST(S): Matt Evans, Dave Thunder, Carl Arnheiter, Tony Carnevale
ORDER: 2 slices of cheese, 2 slices of pepperoni

PIZZA REPORT: Viva Lombardi's! The oldest pizzeria in America got bigger since pizza month '03, but the pizza they could is from the same sweet coal-fired oven. The pepperoni at Lombardi's is about a half an inch in diameter but packs a taste equal to any other twice its size. After enduring the extensive heat of the coal-fired oven mentioned above, the pepperonis begin to warp upward. I think it has something to do with the moisture around the edges of the pepperoni drying out faster than the center. Whatever the reason the net result is a crispy yet chewy pepperonis. I really like it. The plain cheese slices I had were especially good. I think this was due to the parmesan cheese sprinkled in just the right amount atop the pizza. The crispy crust, fresh tomato sauce, and perfect distribution of toppings established the a utopian society right in my mouth.
  • Dave Thunder has a list of 53 characters he can embody ranging from the Lonely Robot to HemoTep. Somewhere in there is "Jimmy Deluca". Fortunately for everyone attending Variety Underground, Jimmy Deluca made a surprise appearance and proceeded to co-host the entire show then even accompany us to pizza.
  • Tony Carnevale got a hold of Dave Thunder's list and picked at random, the top 53 characters he wanted Dave Thunder to present. Carl Arnheiter, Matt Evans, and I realized that this maybe wasn't the right thing to put Dave through, but were way too entertained to stop it.
  • Carl Arnheiter can travel endlessly on the subway without ever touching a pole, seat or door!
  • Two women sitting near us started giggling then burst into a somewhat obscure song but instead of segueing back into giggling, they just kept singing turning the whole spectacle from entertaining to distracting.
  • Matt Evans and I are going to play ping pong one of these days.

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