LOCATION: GG's (511 E. 5th St, E. Village, NYC)
GUEST(S): Lance Kushner
ORDER: 3 slices of a grandma pie (pepperoni, tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil and oregano), 2 slices of a 1986 (spicy sopressata, fennel agrodolce, pickled peppers, arugula)
Rookie of the Year! In an effort to resurrect the classic pizza of his childhood, GG's owner and head pizzaiolo Bobby Hellen succeeded in creating New York City's next big thing. Not even a month old, this hip East Village pizzeria does indeed sport nostalgic pizza but it tastes way better than you remember it. Loaded with high quality ingredients such as hand-cut pepperoni, multiple types of cheese, organic flour and herbs grown in their backyard garden, GG's grandma pie is a hit with kids, adults and everyone in between. Add a top-flight craft beer or high-end cocktail and you've got the ageless sentimentality of your youth paired with one of the perks of being an adult in what could be described as the perfect meal. If you still have room, try a personal-sized signature pie like the "1986." Named in honor of the year the Mets won the World Series, the pie brings together a rag tag bunch of powerful toppings like spicy sopressata, pickled peppers, fennel agrodolce and arugula who unexpectedly unite to dominate the competition -- much like the '86 Mets. The prices are more than reasonable but word is spreading fast about GG's. Expect a line when you arrive and expect me to be in it.
1. I met the owner/pizzaiolo Bobby Hellen. He and I are both Mets fans. Next year!
|Through the door|
|Underside of a Grandma Pie slice|
|Backyard Herb Garden|
|Bobby Hellen and Sean Taylor|
2. Lance Kushner, also a Mets fan, knows the surgeon that is going to operate on my knee. Lance and I also reminisced about Vegas.
|Robin Rothman, NYMIF producer|
3. After pizza, I met up with my wife at the Magnet Theater. She, along with TJ Mannix and Michael Lutton produced the sixth annual New York Musical Improv Festival. They got one of those photo thingies which I found out are called "step and repeats."
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