Pizza in Space, Slice Out Hunger, and More!

Adam Di Fara De Blasio

[Photograph: Adam Kuban]

  • First up, at yesterday's Reddit AMA, New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio 'fessed up to his favorite NYC slicefor him, Di Fara Pizza is the best pizza. In De Blasio's own words, "This is clearly the best. And yes, I'm from Brooklyn. PS: They use buffalo milk mozzarella, which is beloved in my grandfather's province in Italy."
  • Our very own Adam Kuban has pulled together a handy Foursquare list of the "Best Pizza in NYC". The breakdown features a lot of the usual suspects, universally acclaimed places like Motorino, Paulie Gee's, Roberta's, Totonno's, and the aforementioned Di Fara—but for those looking to break off the beaten path, plenty of less well-known joints make the list too.
  • In the business world, Yahoo! Finance revealed some interesting facts about the Domino's pizza empire. Put simply, it's more accurate to think of Domino's as a company that sells pizza ingredients than a company that sells pizza. Domino's earns over $1 billion annually from their supply chain (producing and selling the dough and toppings to their franchises), 56% of their total revenue. But it's unusual for restaurants and their corporate parents to function this way; Papa John's and Krispy Kreme are some of the only other companies that count supply chain revenue as a part of their sales.
  • Back in May (as covered on Slice), NASA announced a plan to invest in 3D printers, with one goal in mind: print a pizza. Now, according to The Huffington Post, a working model has been developed, and was demonstrated at SXSW Eco by the ominously sci-fi sounding Systems and Materials Research Corporation. They printed a dough, tomato ketchup, and cream cheese pizza—if that doesn't sound terribly appetizing, they're quick to reassure that more refined ingredients are in the works, as the tech continues to be developed. The idea, ultimately, is that the long-term shelf life of the powdered ingredients will one day make for admirable space food.
  • And finally, as a reminder to all of you slice fiends: today is Slice Out Hunger. It's a pretty sweet deal—pizzerias of all stripes gather together, selling slices for $1 tickets, with matched proceeds going to the Food Bank for New York City. Essentially, the estimated 600 pies waiting to be sold will mean about 60,000 meals for hungry and homeless New Yorkers, so eat up!