I Heart NY
The best laid plans of pizza and wine will not go awry. Things are coming together. It is a mere 6 days and ticking until 26 of our staff heads to the Big Apple and the itinerary is set.
There is something that is different about New York than other cities. It’s palpable. Maybe it’s the history, maybe it’s the scale, but I think it’s something truly ineffable, that is unique for each person. But something about NYC makes you feel wistful and engaged, hopeful and nostalgic simultaneously. Falling in love, walking down the street, the constant discovery you are faced with on a moment to moment basis wether it be people you meet, or the dérives you find yourself on, all take on this weight of significance. I don’t know why, but I feel it every time I’m there and I hear it in the way former New Yorkers that work at Home Slice talk about their lives in The City.
Monday, we are headed to Lombardi’s, the oldest pizzeria in Manhattan. Among other things, their clam pie is ridiculously delicious. At Lombardi’s we will be joined by Scott Wiener, who has taken his passion for pizza to the next level. He has made pizza his mission and essentially gives pizza tours around NYC, full of great info, history, and of course yummy slices. Lombardi’s has become a tradition as our first meal on our trip and they are always so accommodating.
Afer that, we will take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. We’ve made a pact this year not to end our first night with karaoke, which we have done for the last two years. Beer + excitement + karaoke + last call at 4 AM= the perfect night of fun (if tomorrow never came). Although, I for one, will be sad to miss Joseph’s impassioned rendition of ‘Sister Christian.’
Tuesday, we play Slices Roulette, a game in which we all scurry to the great slice joints of Manhattan and converge in a park to share and critique the great and varied slices. Then we head to Kesté (which translates to “This is it”) for Neapolitan pizza. Then we head to Brooklyn to eat at Roberta’s. A young but proven pizzeria. They have a rooftop garden and a radio studio! Radical!
Wednesday we go on a city-wide scavenger hunt. Each team gets assigned a neighborhood and is given a suggested list of places to go to, and also to discover, on their own, the great places that make their neighborhood unique. After that, we head to Po in Brooklyn, which was initially started by Mario Batali. The reviews are phenomenal, both from publications and friends, and I for one never burn out eating Italian food, so I am stoked.
Thursday we head to Maffei’s for regular and Sicilian slices and then on to the Shake Shack. No, Shake Shack is not a pizza shop; it has burgers, dogs, and shakes. But it has a line around the block ALL THE TIME. As we are about to embark on a take-out business(open 7 days a week), we really wanted our peeps to see a place that is simple, quality, with friendly service and for us to understand from the other side of the fence something that is good and truly worth the wait. And shakes are the shit. Drinkable ice cream, yo! After that we head to the San Gennaro festival for the cannoli eating contest.
Marathon eating in NYC, courtesy of Home Slice Pizza. Rock!