Behind the Slice posts (when I write them) are intended as supplements to my Friday reviews that give additional background. It's the place for much of the blathering that I self-edit from the actual review in an attempt to make those posts more relevant and interesting to a general audience. Here, I run on at the mouth, unedited. Enjoy. Or Not. —AK
In the lede of my Brother's Pizzeria review I'm being a little sarcastic, if you can't tell,* asking why we can't trust Alec Baldwin's pizza judgment. Celebrities are always adopting some cause, championing something or other, and generally going on as if the public should give a shit about what they say about issues other than their acting.
But I'm always willing to entertain a recommendation, and I'd be lying if I said that I didn't smell a small amount of link bait in trumpeting a Slice visit to Mr. Baldwin's favorite spot.
For the most part, I don't put that much stock in celebrity visits to pizzerias. (Hell, if you went by photos on walls alone, you'd think Frank Sinatra visited just about every mom-and-pop New York–style pizzeria in America.) And most stars seem more concerned with what they avoid eating than what they take pleasure in gulleting. But sometimes these bloviators hit the mark. And with a guy like Alec Baldwin, who has expressed interest in the food world before, you take it a little more seriously.
Especially when it's off the beaten path for most New Yorkers. I mean, Fresh Meadows, Queens? Really? Unless you live nearby, you probably have never heard of it. It's not a gimme, like, say, one of the more touristy places in Manhattan or even Totonno's in Coney Island. And there's almost no mention of it on review sites. Had Alec Baldwin found an elusive hidden gem?
Yes, basically. It's a great slice. I wouldn't say it's THE BEST SLICE EVER. Certainly not worth the bus time you're going to have to spend getting there if you don't have a car and if you have a good local slice in your neighborhood. But like I said in the review, it's definitely a must-stop if you're cruising by Exit 25 on the LIE and have time to spare.
I've never minded Alec Baldwin's bloviating. But even those who have rolled their eyes at him would have to admit that this little bit of Baldwin bluster had a decent payoff.
* Sarcasm is often difficult to spot in writing.
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