As you may know, I was on vacation last week. I barely looked at the web. And that, ladies and gents, was AWESOME. But it also means I missed a lot of pizza news. This link dump is, therefore, loooong and may contain things you've seen already. Deal with it. The Mgmt.

  • Video: Albert Grande, on a pizza tour of the East Coast, finds "the next rising star of pizza" (above) in Stefan Ambrosch. [Pizza Therapy]
  • Movies: Bruce Willis films a motion picture at Brooklyn's legendary L&B Spumoni Gardens. [Pizza Therapy]
  • Celebs and Slices: Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) at Bleecker Street Pizza; Emeril Lagasse at Otto. [Grub Street]
  • Music: The duo Das Racist honors(?) those odd combination Pizza Hut–Taco Bell locations. [BrandFreak]
  • Katy Perry Naked [SFW]: The pop star in the bathtub with a strategically placed pizza. Doesn't look half bad, either. The pizza, mind you, the pizza! [EMD]
  • Peter Reinhart's Pizza Class: Cary Steiner talks about his experience learning from the baking and pizza master. [Passion-4-Pizza]
  • Domino's: Not much news here but for the fact that the chain's Pizza Tracker is now embeddable in Facebook. Everything else is old hat. [Gizmodo]
  • Pizza Hut: The chain's summer "twintern" posted her first message on Twitter on Thursday. [@pizzahut via NRN]
  • Pizza Hut: Not changing name to "The Hut." Only being used in some marketing efforts, says chain's chief marketing officer. [NRN]
  • Reprehensible: Illinois man gets 81 years for murdering delivery driver with hammer. WTF? [cbs2chicago.com]
  • More links ahead: Pizza reviews from around the country, after the jump.
  • California: "Looking for good deli or pizza in Orange County." [SE Talk]
  • California > Nevada City: Lefty's Grill wins international pizza prize for its pear-gorgonzola-balsamic-thyme-oregano pie. [The Union]
  • Connecticut > New Haven: Newly opened Kitchen Zinc uses locally grown, artisanal ingredients in its take on Neapolitan pies. [New Haven Independent]
  • DC: Liza and Gary review Cava, on Capitol Hill. [DC Pizza Blog]
  • NYC > Clam Pizza: Blog picks its favorite bivalve-topped pies. But South Brooklyn at No. 1? Seriously? [Always Hungry NY]
  • NYC > Kosher Pizza Musings: There's a big void in the market for a great brick-oven kosher joint in NYC. [IDoP]
  • NYC > LES: Keith McNally's pizzeria overbudget and behind schedule. Plus: "Tthe best names are taken." Gasp! [RG via Eater]
  • NYC > Taxi Driver Tales: Cabbie spots Ice-T grabbing pizza at the dollar-slice place near the Port Authority Bus Terminal. [City Room]
  • SF > Openings: Award-winning pizza-tosser Tony Gemignani finally opens Tony's Pizza Napoletana. [Eater SF]
  • SF > Pi Bar: Upcoming pizzeria answers the addresses concerns of worried bloggers. [Eater SF]

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