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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2017…

Pasquale Jones is certainly not the first business to put clams on a pizza, but they have done justice to the tradition started at places like Lombardi’s and New Haven’s Frank Pepe. The hipster chefs here run an expert wood-fired oven crisping the sides to a nice charred pillow. This homage is richer than most with heavy cream standing in for mozzarella. Plump tender clams are plentiful playing beautifully with the bright lemon, garlic, parsley, and chopped broccoli rabe. Price: $24

PASQUALE JONES
187 Mulberry Street (at Kenmare Street),
Nolita
(917) 472-7230
pasqualejones.com

My search for the best pizza in New York continues….

The students at Fordham University in the Bronx are luckier than most college kids. Not only are they steps away from the most densely populated authentic Italian food mecca in NYC (Arthur Avenue), but they also get to have Pugsley as their local pizza joint.

I stopped by one day on my way back to the Metro North train from Arthur Avenue (where I often give food tours). I had heard about Pugsley and felt like I needed to find the best pizza in the area (look for other reviews to come soon) so that means it was my duty to check it out. (more…)


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My search for the best pizza in New York continues….

When giving tours, I almost always get asked where to get the best pizza. And as you can imagine, I have a long answer for that. But many of the tourists I meet are actually looking for the best pizza in Midtown, which is a completely different thing.

As most New Yorkers know, Midtown is not the best neighborhood for food (although that is changing a bit). I usually tell them to go to Don Antonio or Roberta’s (in Urban Space) or Patzeria. But I’m always looking for new recommendations and places I can share with the people I meet.

That’s why when my friend Scott Weiner wanted to get pizza and he suggested PizzArte, it was a no brainer. (more…)


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My search for the best pizza in New York continues….

My good friend Scott Weiner, who runs an amazing pizza tour company, and is the hands-down expert on pizza in New York and beyond, has just launched a special pizza tour of Eataly. This is a big deal in my mind.

Eataly is a giant food hall, market, education center and everything else that relates to Italian food. Years after the original location opened in the Flatiron District and the company expanded across Europe, a second NYC Eataly opened last year in the Financial District inside the new World Trade Center. And this Eataly is focused on all things bread.

And of course that means pizza. Scott’s tour concentrates on traditional pizza ingredients like  San Marzano tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. But I also imagine he will taste the two different styles available now at Eataly.

Years ago I reviewed the Neapolitan pizza at Eataly’s Rossopomodoro and now that the new Eataly has debuted a counter dedicated to Roman-style pizza alla pala (and Scott has launched a tour), it was about time to broaden my Eataly pizza horizons.

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My search for the best pizza in New York continues….

I wouldn’t necessarily think that a pizza review is the place to address the discussion of no tipping in New York City restaurants. But Marta is no ordinary pizza place. It’s one of Danny Meyer’s casual fine dining restaurants (I know that sounds oxymoronic but that’s where we are) and that means the servers are no longer accepting tips. The gratuity is included in the price.

The main reason for this is that it’s much less confusing for the diner to have to figure out the math of 20%. And more importantly, it helps even the paying field and pay the kitchen staff a better liveable wage.

I’m not going to get too far into this, but only speak on my first experience dining at a no-tip establishment. And one from the hospitality king Danny Meyer no less.

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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

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Sometimes all you want is just a simple, greasy. cheesy slice of pizza. Just like the old days. Scarr’s not only provides a nostalgic 70’s atmosphere, but it has great pizza. The regular slice is slicked with grease and a sauce that only slightly resembles fresh tomatoes. It glistens and soaks the paper plate it’s served on. It’s dirty and quick but mighty tasty. Price: $3
SCARR’S PIZZA
22 Orchard Street (between Hester and Canal Street),
Lower East Side
(212) 334-3481
scarrspizza.com

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