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Celebrity favorite Pizzeria Mozza is one of the go-to spots for pizza and Italian fare over in Los Angeles. Famous foodies like Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich are behind the venture, and the place already has outposts as near as Newport Beach and as far as Singapore. Thankfully they’re looking to expand once again, and this time they’re going across the country.
If you guessed that they’d be moving into a spot in New York City you’re correct; however, it won't be the easy choice of Manhattan. Pizzeria Mozza will instead set up shop in Queens, over at JFK Airport.
Pizza is one of those must-try foods when you're visiting Chicago. The problem is, if you ask around, you'll be bombarded with recommendations for 'za joints all over town. But you won't have to choose among them if you go one of the Chicago Pizza Tours.
As part of the tour, you'll hop on a bus and visit four pizzarias. At each, you'll gorge on cheesy, saucy goodness, so bring your appetite. Especially since you'll have to tackle those monstrous deep-dish slices.
It's hard to find a quality slice of pizza in Los Angeles and in fact, most shops here just try to emulate a New York or Chicago-style pizza. The attempts are appreciated by East Coasters like ourselves but of course, it's just never the same. The biggest stand-out so far has been Joe's Pizza, just off the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, which is an outpost of the famous Joe's Pizza on Bleeker Street.
However, a new pizza joint has opened, also in Santa Monica, on Wilshire Boulevard and it's decided to split its offerings between New York and Chicago style pizza. NY & C even splits its physical space between Chicago and New York. One wall is devoted to NYC photos and memorabilia and the other is for Chicago.
There's deep dish Chicago-style pizza and specialty pizzas like the Navy Pier (green peppers, tomatoes, garlic and mushrooms) and the Windy City with four types of meat (sausage, pepperoni, salami, sliced beef), mushrooms and extra cheese. There's another pizza with meatballs, mushrooms, tomatoes and green peppers that's called The Sears Tower. Um. Do you mean the Willis Tower.
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Before we felt it right to make our way to one of the country’s best ice cream parlors, we had to backtrack for a moment and hit up one of the country’s best pizza places first. Located in a historic square along Phoenix’s downtown border, Pizzeria Bianco has been the pizza Mecca for crust aficionados across the country.
We knew that Bianco was a must-eat during our visit to Arizona, so we headed to the restaurant at 4:30 pm, as the place opens at 5:00, and only takes reservations for six or more. From what we’d read, we knew we’d have to wait, but we didn’t totally believe that our wait would be as long as it was. When we arrived, the line was already way down the block, and by the time we finally sat down and were rewarded with two delicious pies, it had become a five-hour journey.
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As we mentioned when discussing Portland's crazy late-night donuts, every city worth its table salt has an iconic 3 am drunk eating spot, and in DC that spot is Jumbo Slice, or more accurately, the several pizza places along 18th Street in Adams Morgan.
The oversize slice purveyors stay open until after all the bars close, which makes them perfectly poised to pick up business from the inebriated masses. In recent years, the pizza parlors have even grown to look like something of an after-party scene, with post-bar revelers milling about while furiously chowing down on the cheap.
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Of all the Little Italys in the northeast, Boston's is probably the one least decimated by gentrification. That's not to say this nabe doesn't have its fair share of yuppie cafes and tourist traps, but they don't totally drown out the sweet sound of "uno cannoli, per favore."
You'll still find narrow cobblestone streets lined with hole-in-the-wall eateries, decades-old businesses which make up a part of an ethnic fabric and give the neighborhood a personality and attractions above tourism. Many of these places just happen to be amazing restaurants, and let's face it, you're really only going to come here for one overarching reason: the food. To ease the stress of deciding, we'll let you in on a few of our favorite stops:
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It takes coglioni to open a fancy new pizza restaurant in an Italian part of Brooklyn, but Motorino is giving it a go in Williamsburg anyway. Just three blocks from the mostly take-out Sal's Pizza - a longtime favorite of mine - Motorino is looking to attract a more upscale, sit-down clientele, with a handsome wood-accented interior, dim lighting, and downtempo techno tunes piped through the sound system. Motorino's claim to fame is its wood-burning oven, which produces Neapolitan-style pizza with its signature fluffy crust that's ever-so-slightly scorched on the bottom. Since Williamsburg was originally populated by Italians from in and around Naples, particularly the town of Nola, Motorino's version of Neapolitan pizza is sure to receive a curious yet skeptical reception.
Just about every American city has a Little Italy that can trace itself back to the turn of last century, and San Diego is no certainly no different. There's been a stable community of Italians in downtown since the 1920's, at one point numbering over 6,000 families. Because our policymakers are really smart they decided to destroy 35 percent of the neighborhood in the 1960's to make room for the 5 Highway, triggering a decline that lasted thirty solid years.
Starting in the 1990's, though, the neighborhood began bouncing back. Today's Little Italy - revolving around the business-lined India Street - is a combination of pizza joints, high-end restaurants, boutiques, antique shops, bars, and cafes.
On your next layover in Charlotte, don't be afraid to check out the city if you have the time. There’s a lot more to do than to just chill out on those rocking chairs between the terminals. Here are some tips for getting around quickly.
A trip to Charlotte isn’t all about checking out different neighborhoods and fooling around on the light rail. It’s serious work that creates some serious hunger, and we knew we wanted to check out the Queen City’s pizza scene while we were in town. Obviously, the city isn’t a place know for their pizza, but we did discover a few shining stars.
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After we left the Peabody Museum last Sunday, we headed over to Original Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana to pick up a couple of pizza pies.
I knew nothing of New Haven's famous pizzerias until the previous evening, when a friend took me aside to explain the age-old rivalry between Frank Pepe and Sally's Apizza, the two Wooster Street restaurants that have defined New Haven-style pizza for generations. Our friends were partial to Pepe's, so we ordered one pie with "mootz," (mozzarella, which counts as a topping), marinara sauce, sausage, and onions, and another with mootz, marinara, pepperoni, and mushrooms. If it wasn't the best pizza I'd ever had in my life, it was at least in the top five, and I'm left pondering the unthinkable: could New Haven-style pizza be better than New York-style pizza?
It may be a little chilly right now, but Quebec offers as much culture as Europe for way less cash. And thanks to the resurgence of the dollar, there's never been a better time to head to Canada. Dana McMahan just got back and is dishing on the province's eats all this week.
Over the first few days of my visit to Quebec, I consumed large quantities of overly rich (and overly French) food. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! But sometimes, even when you’re visiting another country--or maybe especially when you’re visiting another country--you just have to have a pizza.
New Zealand's Hell Pizza knows how to garner free press like Heidi Montag knows how to stay in the headlines. A string of self-imposed negative attention is giving the Down Under chain worldwide notoriety.
First, the company plastered billboards around New Zealand reading, "Hell. Too good for some evil bastards," next to a photo of George W. Bush. People winced. Then they offered a free Thai massage with a pizza purchase. People proclaimed sexism, racism and staged boycotts. Oh but the instigators at Hell didn't stop there. It gets much worse.
Now, the company has incited near-riots after airing commercials that feature the corpses of Heath Ledger, Britain's Queen Mum and Mount Everest conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary. The deceased dance on graves to the tune of Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
Now, we're all for shaking things up, but when something's this offensive we'll give the pizza a pass. The next time we're in Christchurch, we're ordering slices from the parlor with a reputation earned by baking tasty pies: Winnie Bagoes.
· Hell Pizza [Official Site]
· Heat on Hell Pizza Over Flyer Offering Thai Massage [One News]
· New Zealand Pizza Chain Withdraws Dancing Corpses Ad [AFP, via Google]