'Florida' on Serious Eats

Video: Time Lapse POV Pizza-Making

We all love eating pizza, but many of us are complete novices when it comes to making it ourselves (though to be sure, there are a number of you who are clearly very accomplished pizzaioli!). Regardless of your skill level, this POV-video, which spans shaping the dough to boxing the pie, gives some nice insight to the pizza-creation-process. More

Prato: Serious Neapolitan Pizza In Winter Park, FL

I walked into Prato, a modern Italian trattoria in Winter Park Florida, sure that I could at least get a decent beer. But my hopes for great pizza took a big plunge when our waitress proudly proclaimed "we bake our pizzas all the way at 500 degrees in a brick oven imported from Tuscany." "500°," "brick oven," and "Tuscany" are not three words that you generally want to hear when ordering pizza. Luckily, I was proven wrong. More

Disney World Opening 300-seat Pizzeria in Epcot's Italy Pavilion

Oh, boy. Another "it's the water" bit. This time coming not from a New Yorker or New York expat but from the folks at Disney World. The theme park megalomerate is opening a 300-seat pizzeria in Epcot Center's Italy Pavilion. It will feature wood-burning ovens. The pizzeria will be the newest flagship restaurant in the Patina Restaurant Group's portfolio. And one of the special touches at the Epcot location will be the water. It'll be imported from a source where the composition most resembles water used in Naples, Italy, to make the authentic Italian dough. Why not? Epcot has been... More

Coal-Fired Ovens Hot New Trend in Pizza World

If you attended my Year in Pizza talk in early January, you know that 2008 saw a surge in the number of pizzerias using coal-fired ovens in the U.S. Since November 2007, Slice has kept a map of coal-oven pizzerias in the U.S., and in that time we've added countless new coalers. Not only has the rapidly increasing number of new coal pizzerias surprised us but where they're located has been interesting as well. Click through the jump for before-and-after maps.... More

Pizzeria Owner Who Pistol-Whipped Customer May Be Mob Informant

Remember that news-of-the-weird type story about the Palm Coast, Florida, pizzeria owner who pistol-whipped a customer who complained about his calzone? The story gets weirder. The Daytona Beach News-Journal carries a story this morning that Goomba's Pizzeria owner Joseph Milano may in fact be Joey Calco, a mob informant who was supposed to be laying low in witness protection.... More

Pizza Used in Self-Defense

"A Florida pizza delivery man who was challenged by armed robbers in the city of Miramar got in first with his own weapon—a large pepperoni pizza. Eric Lopez Devictoria, 40, flung the piping hot pizza at the gunman, then turned on his heels and ran." [BBC]... More

National Coal-Oven Pizzeria Map Now Posted

I've been workin' in the coal mine, digging up some more coal-oven pizzerias to bring you. Although New York City and New Haven, Connecticut, are two of the most famous coal-oven towns, did you know there are coal joints in Florida; Philly; Chicago; Des Moines, Iowa; Dallas; and Scottsdale, Arizona? They're all on the Slice National Coal-Oven Pizza Map.... More

Any Good New York Style Pizza in Miami?

More Times collateral. This time, a question from a new reader in Miami: Hi there Adam: Learned about you from the nytimes.com article on Totonno's vs. Domino's. I moved here to Miami two years ago, and as a third-generation Manhattanite, I must tell you that I really miss good pizza. I loved Totonno's, but since I lived in Greenwich Village for the past 15 years, I really loved a slice from Joe's off of Sixth Avenue near Cornelia Street as well as the pizzeria on University Place near 13th Street (my old neighborhood). Those were my weekly haunts. The reason... More

'Times' Readers Recommend ...

Here are some tips that New York Times readers are sending in: Next time you're planning a trip to Connecticut, don't miss a great pie (no slices) at Roseland in Derby. Great history and possibly the most expensive pizza on earth. Bring lots of money for the lobster pizza, BUT don't complain until you've eaten one! A must visit. —Jeff D. [Roseland Apizza: 350 Hawthorne Ave., Derby CT 06418; map] Came across your site in the Times today. I know Mount Vernon is not New York City, but I saw reviews of Jersey pizzerias. Has anyone reviewed Johnny's in Mt.... More

Professor Hopes to Create Pizza Program at Florida School

Pizza trade magazine PMQ and Christopher Muller, a Florida professor, hope to create the country's first university-based pizza research program at the University of Central Florida's Rosen School of Hospitality Management in Orlando. Muller is proposing a national center to be part of the Rosen college, where five full- and part-time staffers would research trends, collect data and train restaurant owners and managers. Now, you may be thinking just as I was: Professor, we've gone our entire lives without a pizza institute in O-town. Do we really need one now? Muller answers with an enthusiastic, "yes," reminding those who think... More

Bear Cub Loves Domino's Pizza

Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's "Colbert Report," HATES bears. Until recently, it was a quirk Slice never quite understood. But witness: FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. -- A frequent diner at a Flagler County pizza place has worn out its welcome. The bear has made a habit of visiting the dumpster behind the Domino's Pizza on Highway 100 and I-95. Bears, Slice is giving you a tip of the hat for causing trouble at Domino's, but we're going to give you a wag of the finger for liking Domino's enough to visit repeatedly. You're on notice. Bear Cub Making Habit Of... More

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