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Daily Slice: Full Moon Pizza, Arthur Avenue, The Bronx

Whenever I'm on Arthur Avenue, I try a slice of Full Moon pizza, hoping I'll finally be wowed in proportion to the raves it gets from pizza fans. And, folks, I've never really been blown away by it. It's good, sure. It's got a nice, crisp crust, a certain chewiness. The cheese is good, and it's in proper proportion to the bread and sauce. But it's just never struck me as a great slice — certainly not one I'd make a special trip for. More

Tamara Tunie of 'L&O SVU' Eats Pizza

Grub Street's "New York Diet" series features Law & Order SVU's Tamara Tunie today. Tunie plays Dr. Melinda Warner, a medical examiner, on the show. I'm originally from Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Steelers were playing at four o'clock so we had to order a pizza, some Buffalo wings, and ginger ale. We watched football for the rest of the afternoon and evening. There's a fantastic place called Giovanni's on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, and they deliver to Harlem and they have the best pizza. I'm not going to say the best pizza in New York, but it's really... More

Gael Greene at Zero Otto Nove

InsatiableCritic.com Gael "Insatiable Critic" Greene hits up Zero Otto Nove with Arthur "Food Maven" Schwartz as guide. Schwartz is, of course, the man largely responsible for blowing this place up with his newsletter account and blog post about it. Says Greene: As for the pizzas that lured us here, Arthur is right. They are a model of brick oven pies. The crust has appealing flavor though it’s not crisp like my favorites at Celeste. The splendid buffalo mozzarella shows best on the Margherita with San Marzano tomatoes, though the Marinara with capers, anchovies and pitted olives is admirable too.... More

Bronx Pizza Mini Crawl: Zero Otto Nove and Coals

From left: A pizza Margherita from Zero Otto Nove and the Margherita from Coals. When you're on a pizza crawl, it's a rare that even one in five places you hit up is any good. Last night, on a mini crawl in the Bronx, we batted a thousand. (If you're slow with the baseball metaphors, that's a 100 percent success rate, folks.) Not that we went to even five places last night—just two. So who the hell knows if that even counts as a "crawl," but whatevs. It was our main objective—Ed Levine's and mine—to finally meet the mysterious... More

Peter Meehan on Zero Otto Nove

Peter Meehan visits Zero Otto Nove for the Times's Diner's Journal: "The crust had little stretch or chew and no discernable yeasty or fermented flavor, except for the faintest sourness. (I mean that in the good, sourdoughy bread sort of way). The low-flavor dough combined with the moist crumb of the bread (even in the well-done one we ordered after polishing off our first two) put me in the mindset of naan and other flatbreads, not of pizza. Again, not a bad thing, but not what I was hunting for." Meehan also found the sauce too sweet. Slice visited ZON... More

Openings: Zero Otto Nove

View Slice's Bronx Pizza Map » Food maven Arthur Schwarz reports on Zero Otto Nove, a newish Neapolitan joint on Arthur Avenue in The Bronx that has somehow managed to fly under the Slice radar: Roberto’s has been a destination restaurant for years. Now Zero Otto Nove has become one. It is already, after only a few months in business, drawing customers from the hinterlands, and for several good reasons. Top among them, I am sure, is the Neapolitan-style pizza that may be the best you’ve ever had in the U.S., and better than many in Naples, as I... More

A Slice of Heaven: Mario's

I arrived at Mario's one scorching summer day just before noon, weak from hunger. I looked at the menu, full of classic red-sauce, Neapolitan-American items. There was no pizza to be found. My waiter came over. "Do you still serve pizza here?" I asked. "Yeah, we got it," he said grudgingly, the way a Cadillac dealer might admit he also sells Hondas. I ordered my usual (large half sausage, half plain) and reflected on my rather curious interaction with the waiter. I remembered that when I ate at Mario's a few years ago, for a story I was working on,... More

A Hero's Journey

About a month ago, Slice received an e-mail from a mysterious gentleman going by the nom de blog of "Lonesome Hero." "You might be interested in the Pizza World Tour I recently went on," he wrote. We were interested, but Slice HQ was busy, too busy to make mention of LH's ambitious tour of the five boroughs in search of the best pizza in each one. Shamefully, the e-mail went unanswered until we were reminded about it when we met the Lonesome Hero at a foodblog event. It's time for us to correct that oversight. Lonesome Hero publishes A Year... More

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