LOCATION: Ray Bari Pizza (3rd Ave and 56th Street, NYC)
GUEST(S): Kristina Sepulveda, Erin Rose Foley, Tiffany Morningstar, Linda Fessenden, Jen MacNeil, Mary Regan, Michelle Dobrawsky, Cat Kemp, Kevin Dannenberg
ORDER: 1 slice of cheese, 1 slice of Sausage, Peppers, and Onions
PIZZA REPORT: Displays great, tastes mediocre. In line for pizza you have the choice of slices from about 7 different pies. They all look pretty good lit up under the lights. Even after being reheated, they come out not only looking good but smelling good. Something happens somewhere between purchasing the slices and the first bite to make the slices much less appealing. My cheese slice, for instance, seem to age about 3 hours in 2 minutes. I still ate it though. The sauce was sweeter than typical tomato sauce which I did not mind. While the cheese was well distributed and the crust firm and foldable, total package just did not measure up to a typical NY slice. Fortunately, I had another slice which contained red peppers, green peppers, onions, and sausage. The toppings alone were my favorite part. Although the traditional oven cooked crust was a thicker, doughier, pan-style, it still provided a solid foundation for the numerous toppings, shredded mozzarella cheese, and aforementioned sweet sauce. Even though the slice "hit the spot", I typically look at toppings as a way to cover up for poor quality standard pizza ingredients. Because of this and the inexplicable aging process, I would not recommend Ray Bari pizza unless you crave mediocrity.
ATMOSPHERE: This Ray Bari (assuming there are others) is a great place to meet up with friends. It is spacious, inexpensive, bright white and clean with plenty of seats and tables of varying sizes. Also, there is a great mix of music piped in. Either the speakers are a bit blown out or the radio station is slightly mistuned but you get the gist of what song is being played. Because of the size of the place, layout, and location, there is a risk during lunch hour it may get swarmed with people. It sort of has feel to it like that of a high school cafeteria. I knew I wasn't in high school though, I mean in high school, girls never at my table.
VERDICT: 1.5 out of 5
MISC.: I thought I was going to meet up with one guy but was greeted by 8 girls. It was the best Pizza Month surprise of 2006. The previous best was discovering a hidden sauce patch on the underside of a piece of crust. Kristina Sepulveda, Erin Rose Foley, Tiffany Morningstar, Linda Fessenden, Jen MacNeil, Mary Regan, Michelle Dobrawsky, Cat Kemp, and Kevin Dannenberg talked about "Ladies Night", Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, gender requirements, pregnancy rules, and the law. Here is a photo of the girls putting their hands on me...