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'Always Hungry' on the Calzone at Nick's in Forest Hills

[Photograph: Always Hungry] Always Hungry is raving about the calzone at Nick's Pizza in Forest Hills, Queens, and it looks pretty good to me: Small or large, the calzone is unlike any other in New York. Choose a filling from the list of pizza toppings. They range from the conventional—sausage and pepperoni—to sun-dried tomatoes, and prosciutto. Outside, its flat crust more resembles grilled cheese than a calzone. Inside, it's totally filled with a soupy, flavorful, nonpareil ricotta accented with melted mozzarella. And the sauce! Sweet and seed-speckled—slightly chunky. Served steaming in a tea cup on a saucer. It's soup-worthy,... More

Nick's Pizza, Forest Hills

On Sunday I found myself in Forest Hills, Queens, on a typography tour led by Paul Shaw, a calligrapher, typographer, and lettering instructor at Parsons. Forest Hills? I had no idea it was such a hotbed of typographic wonders—so I had no idea what typefaces or lettering we'd be in for there. I did, however, have a pretty strong idea what I'd be doing for lunch after the tour: Nick's Pizza. For me, "Forest Hills" and "Nick's" have been pretty near synonymous for years, since it's usually talked about when New York's pizza biggies are named. "Blah blah blah,... More

From the Mailbag: 'The Definitive Top 10 List'

An interesting item hit the Slice inbox yesterday. OK guys, put this in your pie and smoke it! A couple of caveats: The list isn't quite as definitive as it claims to be, as it is missing any critical analysis of Staten Island, Queens, and Bronx joints. When you guys post this on the site (front page, please), perhaps you may want to refer to it as "The Definitive Manhattan and Brooklyn Top 10 List." We've all been to these places enough times to know what's going on and who's coming with their A game and who isn't. Seltzerboy, as... More

Daily News Pizza Roundup

This is another week-old one that we neglected to post about during our renovation. The Daily News did a roundup of New York City's best pizzerias last week. As we told Eater, the new foodblog from the folks who brought you Curbed: A nice roundup, I think. A lot of it is old hat to me, but there were some nice surprises in there, particularly a couple Brooklyn places (Graziella's, Laura's) that have been lurking one or two neighborhoods over from Slice HQ.Irene Sax knows her stuff, and I agree with most of her assessments, although I don't know why... More

Nick's Pizza

Or, 'Back in the New York Groove' Following the biblical precept to visit the sick, the Slice czar found his way to Queens last weekend. Surely, he must have been wondering, where have all his stringers gone? At least one—me—has had his pizza appetite bedridden the past six months. Our Leader even armed himself with a remedy for my ailment: the hair of the dog that bit me. Thanks to the good folks at AstraZeneca, however, the prospects of a revitalized pizza weblog have improved dramatically. With my high-acid diet having dissipated considerably, so have the pangs that accompany it,... More

Nick's in the 'Daily News'

Nick's Pizza garners a review in today's New York Daily News. Irene Sax visits the UES location for the News's Eats Beat section and reports: The crust was thin, well-salted and blistered along one edge from the oven's high heat. As it cooled, it stayed crisp, a sign of first-rate pizza. The fresh, light tomato sauce was barely flavored with oregano, the cheese was high-quality, and there were slivers of basil and a kiss of grated Parmesan on the top. Altogether a superior product.... More

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