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Dear Slice: Can You Complete My Pizza Itinerary?

Clicking in to the Slice mailbag this morning, I've got this email from Lance R. in L.A. He's asking me for my recs vis à vis his itinerary here in New York City. I've answered him below, but I figured this would be a great question for any opinionated homeslices out there to weigh in on. Please do, and help a brother in pizza out. --The Mgmt.

Dear Slice, Letters From Our Readers

Alright, Kuban, you gotta help me out.

Like that other person who recommended Bollini's in L.A., I am coming to New York exclusively for food. Four days over the Fourth of July.

I know you get questions like this all the time, and you're probably thinking Read the site or Get Ed's book. I have and I have. And I wrote you a big, food-coma-induced review of Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix that you never put up (probably with good reason), so I've at least tried to give back. But I really need your guidance.

If it was just me it would be all pizza, but I'm married. Here's the schedule:

Friday: Dinner at Babbo
Saturday: NEED PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST AND/OR LUNCH. Una Pizza Napoletana for dinner (have to go for the kinship with Bianco, the master)
Sunday: NEED PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST AND/OR LUNCH. Dinner at Luger's
Monday: Lunch at Jean-Georges. NEED A PIZZA TO END ON; flying out of Newark

I'm in Midtown, so that might be a problem. Brooklyn seems to own. I am thinking Di Fara for sure, but I'm mixed up on the rest. Can you just give me your top three or so? We're literally not doing anything else but eating so traveling isn't a problem.

And just in case anyone writes you for LA pizza advice, here's how it looks:

1. Mozza
2. Vito's on La Cienaga
3. Joe's of Bleeker in Santa Monica
4. Village Pizzeria on Larchmont
5. Casa Bianca in Eagle Rock

That said, I'm going back to Bianco after I get back from NYC because it is the best place on the earth.

Thanks in advance, and I love the blog even I get left hanging.
--Lance

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Dear Lance,

Shit. I never put up yr Bianco review. Crap. There was no good reason that I didn't. It was awesome. I'm really getting stretched thin lately and dropping a lot of things. I'm gonna go look for it in the inbox and get that going. Look for it on Slice later today.

Here are my recs for you. I'm hoping anyone else reading this will chime in, too.

Friday: Dinner at Babbo

Awesome. I haven't yet been myself, but almost every damn person I know reports that the best meal they've ever had has been from Babbo.

Saturday: NEED PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST AND/OR LUNCH. Una Pizza Napoletana for dinner (have to go for the kinship with Bianco, the master)

I don't know what you'd do for breakfast pizza. No decent pizzeria I know of is open for the morning meal. Maybe try saving a leftover slice or two from whatever you did the day before. Try to get a slice at Artichoke for lunch. The line is long, though. 328 East 14th Street, New York NY 10003 (East Village); All Slice intel on Artichoke Basille's

Better yet, scratch Artichoke. Get a lunch pizza at Totonno's in Coney Island. There are two Totonno's in Manhattan, but they're not as good. And you can get a feel for what Coney Island is/was like. It's torn to hell now by the asshats known as Thor Equities, who bought up a bunch of amusements there and boarded them up only to do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING with them ... but you'll get an idea of what it was once like. And you can still ride the Cyclone. Totonno's, 1524 Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11224; All Slice intel on Totonno's

Sunday: NEED PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST AND/OR LUNCH. Dinner at Luger's

Franny's. It opens at noon. Great pizza. Get the clam pie there, if they have clams. Also other good house-made meats (salumi/charcuterie/whatever) on the menu. The pizzas are small, so you and yr squeeze can get 2 to 3 pies and share, depending on appetite. 295 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217; take Q train to 7th Avenue Station; All Slice intel on Franny's

Monday: Lunch at Jean-Georges. NEED A PIZZA TO END ON; flying out of Newark

Depending on what time you leave, try hitting up Lucali's in Carroll Gardens. It opens around 6 p.m. Maybe you can eat there and still make your flight. If not, you could always roll the dice and try Patsy's in East Harlem. They've been slipping lately in my opinion, but our man DJ Bubbles says it's still the best in the city, if you get a fresh mozzarella pie. (The regular mozzarella pies are too loaded with cheese and get soggy.) Lucali's, 575 Henry Street, Brooklyn NY 11231; All Slice intel on Lucali's. Patsy's, 2287 First Avenue, New York NY 10035

I'm in Midtown, so that might be a problem. Brooklyn seems to own. I am thinking Di Fara for sure, but I'm mixed up on the rest. Can you just give me your top 3 or so? We're literally not doing anything else but eating so traveling isn't a problem.

My top three are covered above, in no particular order:

  • Di Fara
  • Lucali's
  • UPN
  • Franny's
  • Totonno's

Hope that helps. And we'll see if the pizzaheads out there can come to your aid as well.

Hasta la pizza,
Adam

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