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Daily Slice: Cafe Catania, Brooklyn Heights

Named after the owners' hometown—which is the second largest city in Sicily—Catania on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights is neither pizzeria nor restaurant. Rather, it's a laid-back and cheerful tavola calda-style food place that&mdassh;without an ounce of pretension—prepares an impressive array of excellent Sicilian food. More

Joe Biden's Secret Service Detail Eats at Grimaldi's

[Photograph: Adam Kuban] From Slice'r Matt comes an email heads-up that Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, visited Brooklyn's River Cafe for a belated Valentine's Day meal. The New York Daily News reports: As the veep and his wife dined, Secret Service agents gobbled down pizzas from the nearby iconic Grimaldi's Pizzeria. They always say that cops (or in this case, law-enforcement/security types) know where to eat.... More

Goin' Mobile: In Which I Finally Get My Ass Out to Pizza Moto at the Brooklyn Flea

Clockwise from top left: Dave Sclarow builds the pies at a hectic pace before passing them to Pizza Moto's stickwoman. The menu lists Margherita and white pies, with the option to top either with pepperoni. My Margherita pie, fresh from the oven; I brought it into nearby Empire–Fulton Ferry Park to wolf it down at the tree-shaded picnic tables there. [Photographs: Adam Kuban] Pizza Moto Saturdays at the Fort Greene Flea (176 Lafayette Avenue; map); Sundays at the Brooklyn Bridge Flea (under the Brooklyn Bridge; Water and New Dock streets; map); 917-873-4175; pizzamotobklyn.com Pizza Style: Neapolitan Oven Type: Mobile... More

More Richman—This Time He Takes on Grimaldi's, Patsy's, and Di Fara

Admittedly, the previous item I blogged about was a week old*, and in that time Alan Richman has moved on to writing about some old standbys. He posted his thoughts yesterday on Grimaldi's (DUMBO), Patsy's (East Harlem), and Di Fara (Midwood). Again, let's take them in order. On Grimaldi's: The oven is just right, but the crusts are merely okay—they have a fresh, bready smell, but to me they’re a little too thick and slightly too soft, somewhat undercooked. The tomato sauce is vibrant and essential, which means the white pizzas are best skipped. These basically consist of soft, melted... More

Alan Richman on Tonda, Ignazio's, and Emporio

Hot off his GQ Top 25 Pizza List, Alan Richman (right) takes on a few recently opened NYC pizzerias—Tonda (East Village), Ignazio's (DUMBO), and Emporio (Nolita). Let's take them in order. On Tonda: The toppings here are overly ambitious yet flavorsome, but the crusts are flabby, tasteless, barely charred, and lacking the puffy outside ring that is reminiscent of a true Naples pie. My favorite menu item by far was the arancini, listed under “Neapolitan Street Food” but as far as I know found just about everywhere in Italy. These little rice balls were wonderfully crunchy, the only item we... More

Nubloom on Ignazio's

Nubloom Ignazio's finally, officially opened yesterday. The very first reports are mixed. From blogger Nubloom: The pizza was absolutely awesome. Thicker crust than Grimaldi’s but just slightly, giving a great crunch that I look for in pizza. The slices are not sloppy or overly loaded with sauce or cheese. The staff looks like they are from a Grateful Dead concert, but it doesn’t matter because they are so friendly you are put immediately at ease. But Yelp, so far, isn't being quite as kind. Ignazio's Pizza 4 Water Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 (under the Brooklyn Bridge; map)... More

Openings: Ignazio's, Brooklyn Heights

Finally. After more than a year, Ignazio's will be opening on Monday or Tuesday of next week, the Brooklyn Heights Blog reports. Though it's steps away from Grimaldi's, Ignazio's owner Louis Termini says he's not a rival—he wants to pick up the locals in the area who might otherwise avoid the long lines of tourists at the legendary pizzeria around the corner. In the last few months, Termini has been hard at work — he installed a specialty pizza oven that is gas-operated, but heats the pizza as if it were a wood-burning oven. There will be the classic... More

Two Sides to Every Story: At Least One Blogger Loves the Hot Dog-French Fry Pizza

Off the Wall Dining I get called out for my narrowmindedness on the blog Off the Wall Dining: Bloggers like Kuban have been way too critical of this pizza as though the owners committed a sin. After all, how strange can it really be when people eat anchovies on pizza? I mean, fish on pizza seems much more unusual than hot dogs and french fries on a pizza. Well, I tried it and loved it. "... fish on pizza seems much more unusual than hot dogs and french fries on a pizza." Um, no. No, it doesn't. Pizzeria Reginella... More

In Which I Eat the Hot Dog and French Fry Pizza at Pizzeria Reginella

Or, 'Fools Rush In Where Krieger Fears to Tread' Pizzeria Reginella's Reginella Special 193 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11201 (b/n Court and Clinton streets; map); 718-522-2880 The Skinny: Strangely enough, hot dogs and french fry pizzas are commonly found in Italy. But just because it's Italian doesn't mean it's good. I mean, hello, Fabio for example? Price: Small, $16.50; large $18.90; slice, $2.90 I was working from home this morning when I saw the hot dog and french fry pizza on Eater. The photo of it there was taken by "Daniel Krieger (who for the record, did not try a... More

Hot Dog and French Fry Pizza at Reginella

Eater Though it's hard to see in this photo (or in the one at Eater, where it comes from), this pizza has hot dogs and french fries on it. You should have no problem, however, discerning how ridiculous and offensive to pizzakind this is. It's available at Pizzeria Reginella, a recently opened joint in on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights. (Small, $16.50; large $18.90; slice, $2.90.) Pizzeria Reginella 193 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11201 (b/n Court and Clinton streets; map) 718-522-2880... More

Grimaldi's Seized by Taxman Earlier Today But Back Open Now

Newsday reports that Grimaldi's was shut down earlier today by state officials over unpaid taxes. $150,000 in tax warrants, the paper says. But the joint was back in business later in the afternoon, after owners paid up. "We seized them" said [New York State Department of Taxation and Finance representative Tom] Bergin, refering to the legal process where state officials close the business to get the liens satisfied.Begin said that a total of seven outstanding tax warrants had been filed against Patabbe Inc., which was doing business as Grimaldi's, since January 2006. Those warrants total about $84,000 in sales... More

NYC Food Film Festival Pizza Night

Went to the NYC Food Film Festival last night and had a pretty good time. Festival co-organizer George Motz screened his short film Brooklyn Pizza, and the short documentary Pure and Simple, a day in the life of Una Pizza Napoletana, was also shown. Photos and such, after the jump.... More

NYC Food Film Festival, the Pizza Edition, TONIGHT

You're going, right? Click for map » NYC Food Film Festival pizza component, al fresco in the parking lot next to Grimaldi's, 19 Old Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 (map). Anthony Mangieri of Una Pizza Napoletana fame will be there. When: 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 17, 2008 Cost: Free Here's the complete line-up: Brooklyn Pizza: Motz's short, six-minute film is basically pizza porn, following the pie-making process from start to finish at the Coney Island Totonno's, Di Fara, and Grimaldi'sPure and Simple: A short documentary on Anthony Mangieri and his venerated Neapolitan-pie shop Una Pizza Napoletana. Directed by Fabrizia Galvagano... More

Events: Pizza Film Fest to Screen in Parking Lot Next to Grimaldi's

Click for map » Just got word from George Motz, one of the masterminds behind the NYC Food Film Festival, that the pizza component of this year's summer screenings will be held al fresco in the parking lot next to Grimaldi's, 19 Old Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 (map). What better place than under the Brooklyn Bridge for a line-up of three films that starts with Motz's own short film Brooklyn Pizza? When: 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 17, 2008 Cost: Free Here's the complete line-up: Brooklyn Pizza: Motz's short, six-minute film is basically pizza porn, following the pie-making process... More

Grimaldi's Wedding

A letter from a reader ... Dear Adam, I keep up with Slice via bloglines and it dawned on me that you should know my wedding story because it ended with fabulous Grimaldis! Scott and I were married on Friday, July 13th in the city-owned part of Brooklyn Bridge Park. We invited a dozen guests and the Reverend Billy and his wife. Dinner was fantastic and I wouldn't have had it any other way (I was a little nervous since it was my first time at Grimaldi's place).... More

Best Pizza in Brooklyn Heights?

Brooklyn Heights Blog opens up debate on best pizza in its namesake neighborhood. Folks seem to be gunning for Fascati. Not that you care, but I've always thought Fascati was just OK and nothing worth traveling beyond the neighborhood for. Best Pizza Open Thread [Brooklyn Heights Blog]... More

Openings: Five New Pizza Joints for Your Amusement

A round-up in New York magazine lists. Stop me if think that you've heard this one before: Solo Pizza Address: 27 Avenue B, New York NY 10009 (East Village, near 3rd Street) Phone: 212-420-7656 Chickie Pig’s Address: 121 Ludlow Street, New York NY 10002 (LES, near Rivington) Phone: 212-254-9972 URL: chickiepigs.com With a name like Chickie Pig's, this place better be damn good. Mosco Pizza Address: 105 1/2 Mosco Street, New York NY 10013 Phone: 212-227-9150 Not for Tourists notes: "Good pizza in New York is pretty run-of-the-mill. You can get it anywhere. Anywhere, that is, except Chinatown. I’m not... More

Grimaldi's Sausage Switch?

Slice reader M.B. writes in: Has anyone else noted the change of sausage at Grimaldi's, from slides of delicious sweet sausage with fennel seeds to crumbled bits of what tasted like the breakfast sausage I sent back last time I tried it at a diner? When I called to complain about it (last month—on a take-out pie), the person answering the call said, "So don't order sausage." I'm very disappointed.... More

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