Last Saturday night, friend of Slice Lia held a Mario Kart DS party. I bought a Nintendo a short time ago and was eager to try my kart skillz against some humans rather than the race bots I had been practicing against. Since Lia lives just blocks away from Slice favorite Fornino, we figured we'd order some of that pizzeria's fab pies. 'Cause, you know, that's how we roll.

We ordered a Margherita Classica (tomato, mozzarella, basil, Parmesan, olive oil; $15), a Trevisana (tomato, mozz, pancetta, radicchio, goat cheese, and roasted tomatoes; $19), and a Monzese (tomato, fennel sausage, mozz, and Parm; $19). They were certainly delicious but, as expected, suffered a bit due to time spent in the pizza boxes. Still, it was a luxury being able to order up such 1st place pies while racing for the prize, and, as much as I like living in Park Slope, I was jealous of those crazy Williamsburgers.

The meal was an apt choice for the event, as geeks and pizza seem to go hand in hand. Example: Google's pizza program, which buys pizza for university computer science nerds during crunch times. And the fact that pizza is essentially flat is reminiscent of the passage in Douglas Coupland's Microserfs, in which a couple fictional Microsoft employees go out and buy flat foods to slip under the office door of a coworker who has locked himself in for late-night coding marathon.

By the time the party ended, I had consistently finished in last place among the human racers Chris, Scott, and Stephanie, but I'm looking forward to Lia's next Mario Kart party—and some more Fornino. It's about the only thing that can get me to pause this evily addictive little game.

Mario Kart DS Party [Hello, Nintendo]
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My Mario Kart friend code is 240580 995939.

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