DAY 10: OCTOBER 10th, 2016
Motorino (510 Columbus, New York, NY 10024)
Robin Rothman, Ann Rooney, Jorelle Aronovitch
1 slice of Margherita (Tomato sauce, fior di latte, basil, pecorino, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt), 1 slice of Stracciatella (basil, cherry tomatoes, sea salt, extra virgin olive oil), 2 slices of Prosciutto di Parma (fior di latte, fresh oregano, pecorino, extra virgin olive oil, prosciutto), 1 slice of Cherrystone Clam (fior di latte, oreganata butter, parsley, fresh clams)
Motorino, great cuisine-o! Since the founding of Motorino by Mathieu Palombino in 2008, the name has become synonymous with amazing pizza from Williamsburg to Hong Kong. Only a month after opening the doors of its quaint Upper West Side outpost, there's already a wait to get in. Palombino himself is both overseeing the new operation and chipping in to ensure it lives up to Motorino's exceptional reputation. This reputation includes Napoletana style pies cooked in an imported wood-fired oven with top quality ingredients by some of the best pizzaioli in the city. Watching the chefs magically maneuver the pies within the massive Acunto oven in such tight quarters is nothing short of well-timed choreography. Better yet, this finely tuned machine churns out culinary masterpieces larger and tastier than the typical Napoletana style pizzeria. Creamy cheeses like fior di latte and stracciatella combine with the rich and savory tomato sauce to provide flavorful foundation for the exquisite toppings. As with many hot-burning oven places, I recommend limiting the toppings to ensure an even bake. For best results, eat them as they arrive and before they cool. Once they grow accustomed to their deserved popularity and more familiar with the incredible oven, Motorino will undoubtedly shine like the Upper West Side icon that it's meant to be.
|Tiramisu and Torta al Cioccolato with Crema Inglese|
|Prosciutto di Parma|
|Sean, Jorelle, Ann and Robin|
1. Jorelle Aronovitch and Ann Rooney and I all met playing softball. We were all single at the time and now we're all married.
|Lincoln Center fountain|
2. Robin Rothman and I ate so much pizza we walked home via Lincoln Center. Its really pretty this and every time of the year.
|Mathieu Palombino and Sean Taylor|
3. I had a chance encounter with the owner of Motorino, Mathieu Palombino. I haven't seen him since I delivered him a Slicey Award for Best New Discovery back in 2010
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