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Daily Slice: Fornino, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The pies at Fornino in Williamsburg come out of a wood burning oven, but they are by no means Neapolitan. Somewhere at the intersection between a traditional coal-fired New York pie and a true Neapolitan, they've got a crisp crust and a deep brown, charred underbelly. Bright tomato sauce and house made fior de latte scream freshness, while an impressive list of topping variations offers something for everyone. More

Fornino Pizzeria Opening in Park Slope

This photo is dated and the scaffolding is gone, but the former Tempo space is to the left, just under the plywood. My guess is that the Fornino "in-house store" might occupy the Tempo Presto space to the right. [Photograph: Google Maps] Word comes this morning via the Village Voice/Fork in the Road that Williamsburg's Fornino is opening a location in Park Slope. It'll be on Fifth Avenue between Carroll and Garfield streets. If you're familiar with the area, it's in the space that was most recently Tempo. It's a return to the neighborhood—and the space—for Fornino owner Michael... More

Pizza Deal: $5 Margherita Pizzas at Williamsburg's Fornino

From an email from Fornino's Michael Ayoub: "Slice is not the only one with an anniversary. Fornino is celebrating its fifth anniversary on October 20... I am offering $5 Margherita pies for five days, beginning October 19. Available for lunch and dinner, in the restaurant and for pick-up." 187 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11211 (at North 7th Street; map); 718-384-6004; forninopizza.com... More

Fornino Pizza Delivery to Serious Eats Holiday Bowling Party

Last night, Serious Eaters booked it to Williamsburg to celebrate the holidays at The Gutter. While the alley doesn't serve hot dogs, chicken fingers, or other standard bowling fare—though I did spot beef jerky—they luckily have a BYOF policy. What would our "Food" be? Delivery pizza from Fornino. We weren't the only ones with this idea, either. Fornino is just a half-mile away, so they'll bring it right to the alley. Our four pies included: sausage, artichoke and tomato, mushrooms with truffle oil, and a basic Margherita. Sausage was first to go, and by far the crowd favorite. Truffles... More

Where to Get Clam Pizza in NYC

Photograph from "Boppadopoulos" on Flickr New York magazine gives a rundown on where to get clam pizza in New York City: Franny's: 295 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217 (b/n Prospect and St. Marks; map); 718-230-0221; frannysbrooklyn.comBussaco: 833 Union Street, Brooklyn NY 11217 (near Seventh Avenue; map); 718-857-8828Lombardi's: 32 Spring Street, New York NY 10012 (near Mott Street; map); 212-941-7994; firstpizza.comOtto: 1 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10003 (corner of 8th Street; map); 212-995-9559; ottopizzeria.comFornino: 187 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11211 (at North 7th Street; map); 718-384-6004South Brooklyn Pizza: 451 Court Street, Brooklyn NY 11231 (near 4th Place; map); 718-852-6018... More

Aftermath: The Gothamist-Slice Pizza Party at Fornino

Photographs courtesy of Chewhound In the early minutes of the party, before the place got packed. Courtesy of Letsgoing So last night's Gothamist-Slice Pizza Party at Fornino was pretty damn awesome if I do say so myself. It was nice to see some familiar friends, great to finally put some faces to email addresses and screen names, and a pleasure to meet altogether-new pizza freaks. (If you attended and didn't figure it out, I was the guy checking names against the list as you came in. If I didn't get to chat with you, sorry; next time!) We had... More

Gothamist-Slice Pizza Party at Fornino

Some of the many pizzas eaten at the Gothamist-Slice Pizza Party in 2006. Photograph by Tien Mao Almost exactly two years ago, Gothamist and Slice had a pizza party at Fornino in Williamsburg. It's been a long time, but we're happy to announce that we're having another pizza party at Fornino on April 7. When: Monday, April 7, 2008; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (or longer) Where: 187 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn (Williamsburg; Bedford stop on L; map) What: All-you-can-eat pizza, unlimited drinks (beer, wine, soda) How Much: $32 (click button below to pay) EVENT IS SOLD OUT! IF YOU... More

In Williamsburg: Acqua Santa vs. Fornino

From The Gowanus Lounge: "I've heard that Fornino on Bedford Ave (187 Bedford) has been called "the best pizza in New York." I'm not one to create hierarchies, especially when it comes to pizza, but I went to Acqua Santa (556 Driggs) only a block away on Driggs and N 7th Street, on Thursday night, and the pie I got there was definitely superior to anything I've had at Fornino."... More

Pizzaiolo Michael Ayoub in the 'Brooklyn Paper'

The previous post reminds me that I was negligent in blogging this item about Cronkite and Fornino owner Michael Ayoub from the March 3 issue of the Brooklyn Paper: Sitting at a table in his award-winning Williamsburg restaurant, Fornino, Ayoub was rightfully proud to be discussing his growing pizza empire. To call Fornino, or its newborn Manhattan sibling Cronkite, a “pizzeria” is a mighty understatement. What he offers—gourmet pies with homegrown and high-end ingredients, including homemade mozzarella and three types of specialty flour—is about as far from a plain old slice as you can get.... More

Openings: Cronkite

Michael Ayoub (left), the pizzaiolo behind Williamsburg's Fornino, will be opening a Manhattan location on November 6. To be called Cronkite Pizzeria & Wine Bar, it will be located at 133 Norfolk Street on the Lower East Side [map]. "The neon sign is on its way as we speak," Mr. Ayoub said by phone from the new pizzeria. Unlike Fornino, which uses a custom-built gas-assisted wood oven, Cronkite's pizza cooker will be a custom-made gas-fired brick-lined oven from Marsal & Sons. "I wanted to do a wood oven here, but the DEP didn't want to hear any of it,"... More

A Smashing Success

2:30 a.m. I'm a little tipsy and a bit tired as I write this. Please forgive the lack of logical structure and/or spelling mistakes that are sure to follow. —Ed. Photo by Youngna, from her Flickr photostream The inaugural Gothamist-Slice Pizza Party was great! Thanks to everyone who turned out. Thanks to Tien, Jen, and Jake over at Gothamist for helping organize the event. And biggest thanks of all to Michael Ayoub and his staff at Fornino, who pumped out tons of pizza for us all. By Mr. Ayoub's estimates, the crowd of about 110 people ate slightly more than... More

Gothamist-Slice Pizza Party Tonight

Fornino From Flickr member Slice. Greetings and Happy First Day of Spring to you all! (Even though Old Man Winter seems to have reconsidered his DNR order.) Take a look at the photo at right. That should give you some warm-weather hope. It's the on-premises greenhouse at Fornino, where the Gothamist-Slice/Slice-Gothamist Pizza Party is taking place tonight at 7 p.m. So, yeah: Those of you who bought tix, don't miss it! Those of you who didn't, well, maybe next year. PIZZA PARTY 2006 When: Tonight! 7 p.m. (03/20) Where: Fornino, 187 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg Getting There: L Train to... More

Gothamist-Slice Pizza Party Reminder

Just a reminder to anyone who reserved tickets for the Gothamist-Slice Pizza Party at Fornino: Please complete your payment by 10 p.m. tonight or we will send hired goons to break your legs. OK. Not really. But you'll lose your reservation if you don't. Anyone interested in getting on the standby list should e-mail pizzaparty [at] sliceny [dot] com. We anticipate spots opening up, as a lot of folks who reserved haven't paid yet. Just e-mail us with your name and number of desired tickets (limit 4 per person). We'll let you know tomorrow morning whether there's room or not.... More

Gothamist-Slice Pizza Party

UPDATE: ALL TICKETS SPOKEN FOR. But, people being people, we expect a certain number of cancelations. So feel free to e-mail to get on the standby list (there are only a few names on standby so far). Cancelations will be filled with standby names on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on number of open slots. E-mail pizzaparty [at] sliceny [dot] com. I hope you're hungry, 'cause get a load'a this: Slice and Gothamist have put together a pizza party at Fornino in Williamsburg. Tickets will be $26.06 each and include all-you-can-eat pizza as well as beer or wine. We only... More

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start, Pizza!

Last Saturday night, friend of Slice Lia held a Mario Kart DS party. I bought a Nintendo a short time ago and was eager to try my kart skillz against some humans rather than the race bots I had been practicing against. Since Lia lives just blocks away from Slice favorite Fornino, we figured we'd order some of that pizzeria's fab pies. 'Cause, you know, that's how we roll. We ordered a Margherita Classica (tomato, mozzarella, basil, Parmesan, olive oil; $15), a Trevisana (tomato, mozz, pancetta, radicchio, goat cheese, and roasted tomatoes; $19), and a Monzese (tomato, fennel sausage,... More


Or, 'Solidarity Through Pizza' When the subways stopped rolling, everyone tried to roll with the punches. Some people pounded the pavement while others simply slept in. I ate pizza. Two weeks ago, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority illegally refused to negotiate a contract with the workers who move New York. This courageous yet unfortunate work stoppage brought the city’s transportation infrastructure to a screeching halt. It was like Independence Day without the bombs. For the Slice czar, it meant a treacherous commute by shoe leather. For me, it meant a car ride from Queens and an impromptu commuter club with three... More

Review: Fornino In The Daily News

Williamsburg newcomer Fornino gets a write-up in the Daily News: You have to be very sure of yourself to divide the entire history of pizza into three stages: Naples; then the rest of Italy; then your own Brooklyn cafe. But that's how Michael Ayoub does it on the menu of Fornino, his ambitious new Williamsburg pizzeria. One Sunday night we ordered a pie from "The First Generation" of Neapolitan classics ($8/$14). The Margherita had an austere tomato and mozzarella topping on a crackly, blistered crust and a hint of smoke that came from the gas-fired, wood-burning oven whose temperature can... More

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