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 200 12-inch pies. Two. Hundred.
Mr. Ayoub and his staff whipped up and served up 16 different pizzas, dispatching at least ten of each at a time. The two most popular of the evening (the truffle pie and the classic Margherita) went out in batches of 20. If you simply could not keep track of what you were eating, here's a menu with checkmarks indicating what was served (with a note that graphically indicates my favorite pie of the night):
What was also wonderful was meeting so many people I had only known through comments or e-mails, such as Mr. Horowitz above. And if you have never commented or written Slice an e-mail, no biggie; I enjoyed meeting you no less! In fact, looking back, I wish I had met more people, but I mostly stayed up front, taking photos and such. Next time, I'm going to have to mingle more.
I was worried that things wouldn't go so well or that people would get upset and complain that they didn't get their money's worth, but Fornino did a great job of pumping out pizza after pizza, and the special mozzarella-making demonstration seemed to wow the crowd to no end.
Here, Mr. Ayoub melts the curds, which he will then stretch into mozzarella. Matty took some video that I'll be posting here when I get the link from him.
At the end of the evening, Mr. Ayoub and his staff unleashed spumoni on us. It was a nice and unexpected touch.
OK. I'm really tired. I'm going to bed. I'll post some more pix and thoughts on Tuesday, which, I guess, is actually today. So, er, later today. Yeah.
If you have any pix or you blogged this on your site, leave a note in the comments or e-mail me with your link. If you Flickred any pix, would you be so kind as to tag them "Gothamist-Slice Pizza Party"?
PIZZA PARTY LINKS
What a Pizza Party! [Gothamist]
Gothamist and SliceNY Pizza Party 2006 [Raspberry Heaven]
Any Way You Slice It [Sound Bites]
Gothamist-Slice Pizza Party [TienMao.com]
Gothamist-Slice Pizza Party [VJArmy.com]
Lots of Delicious [Youngna.com]
Don't Call It a Comeback [Youthlarge's Bibimbop]
Gothamist-Slice Pizza Party [Flickr]
MORE PHOTOS More pix TK
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