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Pizza on the Silver Screen

Ah, Hollywood. Land of broken dreams... Pshhh. Right. Maybe if you're a loser. But obviously, pizza is not a loser. Fact: Pizza is most decidedly a winner. Proof: Pizza is a big movie star. So, without further ado, here's a brilliant montage of pizza's greatest celebrity appearances. More

See the Di Fara Documentary Followed by Q&A with DeMarco Family

You might have already seen the Di Fara short documentary The Best Thing I Ever Done here on Slice (indeed, I just embedded it above again), but if you live in NYC, you can see it again, on the big screen, followed by a Q&A session with proprietor Dom DeMarco's daughter Margaret — and possibly Dom himself, if he's feeling up to it, says M. Emily MacKenzie, the film's director. More

Where Does Julia Roberts Eat Pizza in 'Eat, Pray, Love'? L'Antica Pizzeria Da Michele

[Photograph: Sony Pictures] Famed Naples pizzeria L'Antica Pizzeria Da Michele gets a star turn in the book-cum-movie Eat, Pray, Love, when Julia Roberts eats pizza there. Pizzeria Da Michele: Via Cesare Sersale 1, 80139, Naples, Italy (map); 081 5539204; damichele.net. [Photograph courtesy of Robert Sietsema] The scene is inspired from the following passage (after the jump) in Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling feel-good memoir.... More

L&B Spumoni Gets Name-Checked in NYT Movie Review of 'Cop Out'

From A. O. Scott's review of Cop Out: In the film's favor, it should be noted that this chase winds through some actual Brooklyn locations, including a sylvan corner of Prospect Park and --twice! -- the L&B Spumoni Gardens, a venerable and beloved al fresco pizzeria in Bensonhurst that serves some of the best Sicilian pie in the borough. But local color and playful good humor will only take you so far, and "Cop Out" does not amount to much more than a blooper reel in search of a movie. L&B SPUMONI GARDENS 2725 86th Street, Brooklyn NY 11223 (map)... More

The Fake Nicky's Pizza in 'Julie & Julia'

Photograph from Sony Pictures Entertainment As far as pizzeria names go, Nicky's Pizza is a pretty popular one. From Sheboygan, Wisconsin, to Saugus, Massachusetts, Nicky definitely gets around. But the facade of the one in Julie & Julia (in theaters August 7) doesn't actually exist. When asked about the storefront below her apartment, Julie Powell told us that in real life, it was a diner. The fictionalized pizzeria on 40th Avenue in Long Island City, often flashed on screen before a kitchen scene upstairs with Powell, cannot actually be reached at 718-555-0163. Like all Hollywood and TV-show 555- numbers,... More

Mystic Pizza, Twenty Years After the Movie

Before it was called Mystic Pizza, and before it inspired the namesake movie with Julia Roberts, the Connecticut seaside mom-and-pop was called Ted's. Definitely didn't have the same ring to it, and owner Stefanos Zelepos knew that. He later changed it to Mystic, asking himself, "who is this Ted guy?" Twenty years after the movie—a coming-of-age centered around three girls working at the pizza parlor—Mystic Pizza still inspires visitors who want to know, was it really filmed there? Did Julia Robers really breathe here? Technically, no. That would have required closing down the place for six months, which at... More

Dear Slice: Who You Gonna Call for Deep Dish?

Clicking in to the Slice inbox today, we've got ... Adam, I don't know if you've seen Ghostbusters II, but, there's a scene where Dan Ayckroyd's character is discussing what to eat with Harold Ramis's character: "Chinese?" "Thai?" "Na, too spicy." "Pizza!" "Thick or thin?" "Chicago." (Ayckroyd's character). My question is, in 1989 (or even today), would there have been any place in NYC to get a Chicago style of pizza? I'm thinking that this was Ackryod's little joke on NYC. Thanks, Thomas H. Saline, Michigan... 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

Domino's Creates Fake 'Gotham City Pizzeria' Website as Batman Tie-In

I've gotta hand it to Domino's. They've come up with a pretty clever viral-marketing stunt in the creation of the fictional Gotham City Pizzeria website. It's got just enough detail to be fun, with an About Us page that gives the owners' story ("more than 200 locations throughout the City ... Now nobody has an excuse to eat bad pizza in Gotham") and Our Pledge to Gotham, in which GCP promises to support Batman. Two-Face Trailer: There's a "secret" link to a Two-Face trailer if you hover over the "HA" in Gotham on the GCP page. [Tip o' the hat... 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

'Iron Man' Tony Stark Digs Ray's Famous Pizza

As you may have guessed from my previous post, I went to the movies this weekend. Not for Indy but to finally see Iron Man. I'd heard some nasty pizza-related rumors about Tony Stark from some of you out there. Turns out, they were true. After escaping from three months in an Afghanistan cave, Stark gets home to Malibu, California, and meets with his business partner and soon-to-be nemesis Obadiah Stane. Stane has just flown in from a Stark Industries board meeting in New York City. And he has pizza that he's schlepped back with him. And where does... 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

In Videos: John Travolta's Double-Decking Slice-Struttin' Action in 'Saturday Night Fever'

I love it when a plan comes together. For years, I've been wanting to get a clip of the opening scene of Saturday Night Fever, the bit where John Travolta's Tony Manero orders two slices of pizza from Lenny's, double-decks them and struts down 86th Street in Bensonhurst. After mentioning the film earlier tonight, I dug around on YouTube, found the opener, and trimmed the vid down to just the relevant pizza-related footage. Enjoy ...... More

Pizza and a Movie in Trenton, Anyone?

Some of you pizzaheads may already have Pizza! The Movie on your radar. Word is that the producers (see photo, above) have finished it and it's being screened at various film festivals. The nearest screening to Slice HQ will be in Trenton, New Jersey, on Sunday May 7 at 2:30 p.m., as part of the Trenton Film Festival. Anybody up for making a pizza road trip out there? Here's the plan: We'll take the 12:13 p.m. NJTransit Northeast Corridor Line from Penn Station and arrive in Trenton at 1:37 p.m. Round-trip Off-Peak tix are $19.50 each. From there, it's... More


The following cluster of photos will no doubt be bewildering. But bear with me. Today's theme is "lights." And lots of them. It's a theme that strings together the over-the-top Christmas decorations of Dyker Heights and the below-the-ankle action of Saturday Night Fever. That, and the fact that both spectacles take place in roughly the same area of Brooklyn. After that, the association kinda falls apart.... More

Opening Tonight: A Tale of Two Pizzas

"In Yonkers, New York, a pizza battle is being waged. But there can only be one hero. Rossi vs. Bianco. Sauce vs. crust. Angela vs. Tony. Now ... the last thing anyone expected to happen ... just happened. Grab a slice of romance. A Tale of Two Pizzas." Looking to catch a Romeo and Juliet story that takes place in pizzaland? A Tale of Two Pizzas opens tonight at the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square. The 7:30 p.m. screening ends with a Q&A session with the cast, including a couple of the guys from the Sopranos, Vincent "Big... More

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