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Sac's Place: A Coal-Oven Pizzeria That's Trendy by Accident

Pickled Italian peppers and home-grown basil, oregano, and rosemary. An award-winning apple pie recipe from Ohio made from (somewhat) locally harvest fruit. Heat in the dining room supplied by a wood-burning stove. Nope, not a trendy "Ball jar joint" helmed by Midwestern transplants in Brooklyn. This is all going on at Sac's Place in Astoria, Queens, run by a couple brothers who grew up around the corner from this coal-fired pizzeria and restaurant on Broadway. More

Dear Slice: Sac's Place Follow-up

The "Mama's Special" at Sac's Place in Astoria. [Photographs: Chichi Wang] Also in Astoria Forno Italia, Ditmars & 43rd St. » Michael Angelo's II, 23rd Ave. » Rose & Joe's, 31st St. nr Ditmars » Rizzo's, Steinway near 30th Ave. » Yesterday, Chichi Wang asked for some advice on what to get at the coal-oven-havin' Sac's Place in Astoria. Today, she emails with a follow-up: So we ended up getting the Mama's Special pie—the one with the San Marzano tomatoes.Happy to report that there weren't any sogginess issues. Crust stayed dry on the bottom with a nice char; no... More

If I Could Only Eat at One NYC Pizzeria (Other Than Di Fara), What Would It Be?

Hi, Adam,I will finally get to come to NYC in the week just prior to Thanksgiving this year. Really looking forward to it, as it may be the only time I ever get to visit your city.That said, I have earmarked Di Fara for a visit, and I am hoping to visit one other pizzeria during my stay.There are so many good ones.So ... can I get a single recommendation plus one backup recommendation from you?One stop (with Di Fara already out of the running) for pizza anywhere in NYC.Bonus if it is a coal-fired oven--not available in my area... More

Coal-Oven Pizzerias in New York City

Adam, Any idea just how many pizza ovens in NYC are heated with coal? Mahalo, E.J.F. Dear E.J.F., I know you've emailed a couple times about this, and my apologies for the delayed response—things have been busy at the Slice–Serious Eats office. Anyway, off the top of my head, here are all the ones I can think of. Readers, if I've forgotten any, do let me know in the comments. Hasta la pizza, Adam... 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

Sac's Place Pizza

A DISPATCH FROM SLICE PIZZA CLUB NO. 3On the beautiful day that was last Saturday, Slice Pizza Club No. 3 convened at Sac's Place Pizza in Astoria. Five people sat down to lunch that afternoon, including this reporter, who also served as the lone representative of this publication. This is the story of what they ate.... More

Don't Forget: The Pizza Club Meets Tomorrow

Sac's Place Pizza + Bohemian Beer Garden Membership in the Slice Pizza Club is open to all those who simply show up. Details for Saturday's meet-up As always, look for this guy when you arrive. (He'll be wearing a Slice button on that same windbreaker.) About tomorrow's weather: Gosh-darn "isolated T-storms" are in the effin' forecast. But the Beer Garden will still be open and we'll still be going!... More

Slice Pizza Club No. 3: Some Pies Have All The Luck

Some pies get all the breaks. Case in point: Name all the coal-oven pizzerias in New York City ...Your list surely includes Lombardi's, (the East Harlem) Patsy's, John's, Totonno's, and Grimaldi's. But what about Sac's? Yes, Sac's. In Astoria. Never heard of it? We hadn't, either—not until a couple months ago. Which is odd, because a coal-fired oven is the holy grail of pizzadom in this town. So why is it that the legacy pizzerias get all the props while this Queens-based shop, located not more than two blocks off the busy Broadway stop on the N/W, doesn't get any?... More

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