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Video: Lou Reed Namechecks Totonno's in 'Egg Cream'

I guess I'm a bad Lou Reed fan, since I kinda stopped listening to his stuff after Magic & Loss (1992), which explains why I didn't immediately make the connection between Mr. Reed and Totonno's. Luckily, Foolishpoolish is there to jog all our memories with his comment: "At Totonno's for pizza, and ice cream at Al and Shirley's." It's a lyric from the song "Egg Cream" off Reed's 1996 album Set the Twilight Reeling. Thanks, FP!... 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

Sliced Foul!

“I’ve never caught a foul ball in my life. It’s been my dream to catch one. That’s the closest I’ve ever come. The pizza just thwarted it,” so says Red Sox fan Jason Sole, who's seen getting hit with a flying pizza in the video that follows:... More

Slice's New Favorite Song: 'Dom'

An awesome email from the Slice inbox today: Dear Slice folks, My name's James, and I'm a fan of your site. Waaaaay back around 2001 or 2002, I wrote and recorded a song. It's called "Dom," and it is about a certain pizzaman in Brooklyn, about whom you know a little something. It's a little out of date now. Listen to "Dom": Dom I know the guy that makes the bestest pie in town His ass is not under the bridge You will not find him in Coney Island You will not find him in Bay Ridge... More

Classic Video Games as Stop-Motion Animations

Cute video using food items to re-create classic video games in stop-motion shorts, after the jump. At 1:16, our favorite food takes a star turn as Pac-Man. Of course, this isn't a huge stretch. Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani maintains that he came up with the lil' yellow guy's design while looking at a pizza with one slice missing: "The story I like to tell about the origin of Pac Man is that one lunchtime I was quite hungry and I ordered a whole pizza. I helped myself to a wedge and what was left was the idea for the Pac... More

Grimaldi's to Appear in CBS's 'Love Monkey'

By the way, I got on a jury last week. My fears of sequesterization ("If the jury's sequestered, this site will fester") did not come to pass. That's not how the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of New York rolls. At lunch today I ate at Fascati Pizza. It's good, but it left me hankerin' for some of that hot coal-oven action just blocks away at Grimaldi's. Objection! Relevance? Sustained. Allow me to redirect. I will prove to you, ladies and gentlemen, beyond a reasonable doubt, two things:... More

Lenny's

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

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