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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #125 on: November 27, 2010, 10:40:51 PM »
Probably like chicken.

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You are probably right.  :)  I forget at this time, how they tasted.

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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #126 on: November 27, 2010, 11:32:06 PM »
Cranky,

You are probably right.  :)  I forget at this time, how they tasted.

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I wouldn't put chicken on pizza either.  No bugs or birds.  Pig is good, but it has to be civilized pig, like pepperoni and Italian sausage.  No hog maw.   

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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #127 on: November 28, 2010, 06:20:43 AM »
Pig cheeks (guanciale) have gained some popularity as a pizza topping.....although I'm curious how chocolate lab or rottweiler would work as well >:D
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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #128 on: November 28, 2010, 07:39:38 AM »
I wouldn't put chicken on pizza either.  No bugs or birds.  Pig is good, but it has to be civilized pig, like pepperoni and Italian sausage.  No hog maw.   

Cranky,

This is what Hog Maw looks like.  A nice crispy skin and delicious ingredients inside.  ;D http://www.flickr.com/photos/93779577@N00/4138603398/   Now donít you think those insides of the Hog Maw would go great on a topping for pizza?  People use sausage, hamburg, onions, bacon and celery on pizzas, so why not Hog Maw. The crispy pig stomach skin tastes like bacon.  Donít you even like any kind of chicken on a pizza?  I really like Buffalo Chicken Pizza.  That is one of my favorites.  I have made Buffalo Chicken pizza with Frankís Hot Sauce many times.  Maybe I can persuade you to try different dressings on a pizza.   :-D

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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #129 on: November 28, 2010, 07:41:30 AM »
Pig cheeks (guanciale) have gained some popularity as a pizza topping.....although I'm curious how chocolate lab or rottweiler would work as well >:D



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Pig cheeks sound good to me to try on a pizza.  ;D  Here is a picture of a pizza made with clams, pig cheeks and tongue.  http://www.alwayshungryny.com/reviews/frannys/   That pie looks very appetizing to me.  I like clams, and tongue, so why not pig cheeks, too.  My father and I used to eat tongue luncheon meat all the time.  Never tried this combination on a pizza though.  You do come up with interesting combinations for dressings on a pizza.  :)

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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #130 on: November 28, 2010, 09:01:47 AM »
Cranky,

This is what Hog Maw looks like.  A nice crispy skin and delicious ingredients inside.  ;D http://www.flickr.com/photos/93779577@N00/4138603398/   Now donít you think those insides of the Hog Maw would go great on a topping for pizza?  People use sausage, hamburg, onions, bacon and celery on pizzas, so why not Hog Maw. The crispy pig stomach skin tastes like bacon.  Donít you even like any kind of chicken on a pizza?  I really like Buffalo Chicken Pizza.  That is one of my favorites.  I have made Buffalo Chicken pizza with Frankís Hot Sauce many times.  Maybe I can persuade you to try different dressings on a pizza.   :-D

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Dear Norma,

Most people when they get old get set in their ways.  There is a right way to do everything and a wrong way, even though there often isn't.   Remember that I said I grew up in NYC in the 50s and started making pizza, because I could not buy a good pizza where I moved.  So driven by nostalgia I am searching to recreate my youth.  We won't discuss anything here about my youth other than the pizza I longed for.  Bacon, celery, onion and hamburger have no place on my pizza, neither does Canadian bacon, pineapple, bbq chicken, bbq sauce, bell pepper, or kale.  Why not put rutabagas and cabbage, peas and carrots on top?  Good grief!  My wife and I went on vacation a few years ago to an island in the Caribbean.  Everyone said we had to try the conch pizza.  We did, and controlling my gag reflex in the restaurant was challenging.  That was and will be a last.  Never again.  If it ain't broke don't fix it.  If you have found perfection there is no point in changing anything.  Perfection is always simple.  All you really need is great crust, tomatoes and cheese, a little olive oil, oregano and basil.  If those things go together right it is done.  Toppings are an attempt to make up for messing up the basics.  By the way, my favorite ice cream is vanilla.   Regarding the right and wrong of it, nostalgia rules for old guys. 



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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #131 on: November 28, 2010, 09:27:01 AM »
Dear Norma,

Most people when they get old get set in their ways.  There is a right way to do everything and a wrong way, even though there often isn't.   Remember that I said I grew up in NYC in the 50s and started making pizza, because I could not buy a good pizza where I moved.  So driven by nostalgia I am searching to recreate my youth.  We won't discuss anything here about my youth other than the pizza I longed for.  Bacon, celery, onion and hamburger have no place on my pizza, neither does Canadian bacon, pineapple, bbq chicken, bbq sauce, bell pepper, or kale.  Why not put rutabagas and cabbage, peas and carrots on top?  Good grief!  My wife and I went on vacation a few years ago to an island in the Caribbean.  Everyone said we had to try the conch pizza.  We did, and controlling my gag reflex in the restaurant was challenging.  That was and will be a last.  Never again.  If it ain't broke don't fix it.  If you have found perfection there is no point in changing anything.  Perfection is always simple.  All you really need is great crust, tomatoes and cheese, a little olive oil, oregano and basil.  If those things go together right it is done.  Toppings are an attempt to make up for messing up the basics.  By the way, my favorite ice cream is vanilla.   Regarding the right and wrong of it, nostalgia rules for old guys. 



Cranky, my friend,

I am older too, but I would try almost anything on a pizza.  I like to be adventurous.  I am not set in my ways.  It is a good thing, that driven by your nostalgia, you are searching for your youth.  That is great in my opinion.  I also vacationed in the Caribbean different times years ago, and I did like Conch, but didnít try it on a pizza.  I still have a Conch shell I brought back from one of those visits.  I donít think there is any right or wrong toppings on a pizza.  It is up to each individual what he or she likes.  I also like a simple pizza with plain cheese and sauce as dressings.  The first pizza I ate at Kesteís was delicious.  That pizza did have the basic toppings, but the toppings were top notch in my opinion.

I am glad you found perfection in creating your pizzas.  :)  Did you ever get to try Les's sauce?  That is a simple pizza sauce that does have good flavor.

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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #132 on: November 28, 2010, 10:38:25 AM »
Cranky, my friend,

I am older too, but I would try almost anything on a pizza.  I like to be adventurous.  I am not set in my ways. 

Back to pizza perfection.  For some people it is something in memory and for others it is sometihng they have not yet found.  That is the difference between the pizza nostalgic and the adventurous.  Either way its fun.   


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It is a good thing, that driven by your nostalgia, you are searching for your youth.  That is great in my opinion.  I also vacationed in the Caribbean different times years ago, and I did like Conch, but didnít try it on a pizza.  I still have a Conch shell I brought back from one of those visits.
 

I stopped at a roadside stand where a guy was making conch salad.  It might have been the best tasting thing I ever ate in my life.  There was a line of local school kids waiting for his work.  All he sold was conch salad.  His stand was a homemade little table covered by a beach umbrella.  His ingredients were in buckets.  He stood there chopping away.  He charged the kids $2 and me 8.  I gave him 10.  Nostalgia says this guy reached perfection.  The conch pizza is another story.

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I donít think there is any right or wrong toppings on a pizza.  It is up to each individual what he or she likes.


Sure!  We know what we like.  After I moved to Oregon and could not gag down the pizza, people I knew moved back to NJ.  After a year they came back to visit family.  I asked them how they liked living in NJ.  They said it was fine, but the one thing they missed most about OR was pizza.  People in NJ just don't make good pizza.  Wow!

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I am glad you found perfection in creating your pizzas.  :) 


It's all in my head.  I am not trying to make something new.  I am trying to remake a memory.  My kids, now hitting middle age, and grandkid's pizza memories are being shaped by the smells, flavors, and fun of being at Papa and Nana's house eating my pizza.  Wherever they go it is not as good as Papa's.  Everyone's mother or grandmother made the best turkey stuffing, lasagna, stuffed cabbage.

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Not yet, but I will.  Been pretty busy at work to find time for cooking.

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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #133 on: November 28, 2010, 11:21:25 AM »
Cranky,

I agree with you about pizza perfection.  You are right when you posted that for some people it is about memory or other have found what they really like in pizzas.  I am still on the adventure trying to learn about different flavors in the crust.  That is why I do experiments.  I donít think I will ever be able to make my perfect crust, but I will keep trying.  In my opinion the most important thing to me is the crust flavor.  Others might disagree with me on my thoughts, but that is okay with me. 

Good to hear you did really like conch salad. I also believe the guy that was making the conch salad had reached perfection.

I am glad your grandchildren are learning from you what a really good pizza is.  I am sure they wonít ever forget the smells, flavors, and the fun of being at Papa and Nanaís house for pizza.  :)

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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #134 on: November 28, 2010, 04:25:33 PM »
Cranky,

   I am still on the adventure trying to learn about different flavors in the crust.  That is why I do experiments.  I donít think I will ever be able to make my perfect crust, but I will keep trying.  In my opinion the most important thing to me is the crust flavor.  Others might disagree with me on my thoughts, but that is okay with me. 

 Norma

Pizza and pizza crust are kind of like wine.  There is no definition of the standard or ideal.  When you open a Coke, or can of V8 juice you know exactly what to expect.  It never varies.

How could I know what is the best pizza if I haven't tried them all?  So I never will.  My guess is that the best pizza is made in someone's home, maybe someone on this forum and only a relatively few people have tried it.  That person would not know their crust is the best, because they haven't tried all the others.   I rarely go out for pizza, because it is usually a disappointment, even when I am back in my home turf.  I surely don't make the best pizza in the country, but it is way better than average.  We keep learning, but at some point what we make is good enough.  Pizza is simple peasant food.  I am willing to grow my own tomatoes, but not willing to pay a fortune to ship a sack of flour across the country, or spend too much for tomatoes from Italy.  I might make fresh mozz, but will not buy bufalo from Italy.  I can afford that stuff, but pizza is pizza for goodness sake. 



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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #135 on: November 28, 2010, 06:40:04 PM »
Pizza and pizza crust are kind of like wine.  There is no definition of the standard or ideal.  When you open a Coke, or can of V8 juice you know exactly what to expect.  It never varies.

How could I know what is the best pizza if I haven't tried them all?  So I never will.  My guess is that the best pizza is made in someone's home, maybe someone on this forum and only a relatively few people have tried it.  That person would not know their crust is the best, because they haven't tried all the others.   I rarely go out for pizza, because it is usually a disappointment, even when I am back in my home turf.  I surely don't make the best pizza in the country, but it is way better than average.  We keep learning, but at some point what we make is good enough.  Pizza is simple peasant food.  I am willing to grow my own tomatoes, but not willing to pay a fortune to ship a sack of flour across the country, or spend too much for tomatoes from Italy.  I might make fresh mozz, but will not buy bufalo from Italy.  I can afford that stuff, but pizza is pizza for goodness sake. 




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I never will try all the pizzas either and am sure some of the forum members make better pizzas, than any that can be bought.  There many great pizza makers on this forum. I have tasted pizza baked in my friends WFO and they do taste different than any of my pizzas.  When I tasted the pizzas at Kesteís, they were the best pizzas I have ever tasted.  Other people that have also tasted Kesteís pizza might not agree with my tastes.  Everyone has their own tastes.  I donít think there is a wealth of information about making every kind of pizza anywhere in the world, except here on this forum.

I donít think I will ever stop learning about pizzas.  When I started experimenting with starters and then bread from the Tartine Bread book and eventually bagels, it opened my eyes and taste buds to a new level.  I havenít been on this pizza making journey for a long while, but can now see how bread making and pizza making almost go hand in hand or maybe they are one in the same.  I still havenít figured that out.  To watch how pizza dough leavens with a starter was something I wanted to do for awhile, but I didnít understand enough about starters to try them before.  I know pizza is peasant food and the way people years ago leavened pizza is different than most places leaven pizza doughs today.  I havenít tasted any pizzas from Italy, but could imagine when I was eating Kesteís pizza, it was something like I would be able to taste in Italy. I could be very wrong.  I am not an expert, this was just my opinion, because of what I have read about different pizzas in Italy. 

I appreciate all of your opinions.  :) I am always open to everyones opinions.

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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #136 on: November 28, 2010, 11:26:55 PM »
  When I tasted the pizzas at Kesteís, they were the best pizzas I have ever tasted.  Norma

Norma, was it the taste of the toppings, taste of the dough, or texture of the pizza that made it the best you had ever had?  Thanks again for this post.
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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #137 on: November 28, 2010, 11:45:42 PM »
Norma, was it the taste of the toppings, taste of the dough, or texture of the pizza that made it the best you had ever had?  Thanks again for this post.


Jet_deck,

The taste of Kesteís pizza with the toppings were really good, in my opinion.  I usually taste a crust first, before I eat any of the pizza with toppings.  I really donít know if it was Kesteís formula for his dough, or how the dough in combination with the wood fired oven is what made me like the taste of the crust.  The pizzas baked very fast.  The crust was so airy and like a pillow.  I canít really explain it in the right words.  That is why I posted Kesteís was the best pizza I have ever eaten. 
I am not an expert though on pizzas. I haven't tasted any other Wood-Fired Oven pizzas from a commercial pizza business before.

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« Reply #138 on: November 29, 2010, 06:33:48 AM »
Cranky,

I never will try all the pizzas either and am sure some of the forum members make better pizzas, than any that can be bought.  There many great pizza makers on this forum. I have tasted pizza baked in my friends WFO and they do taste different than any of my pizzas.    

I wonder if it is temperature or the radiant heat from the wood coals.   Long ago my uncles told me that the best pizza they ever had in NYC was from coal fired ovens.  By the time I came along there might have been a couple left.  The guy who was left in Coney Island with a coal oven made what we now know as a Margherita, but then it was just another pizza.  He dealt out slices of fresh mozz.  There were also places that had giant balls of mozz in glass display refrigerators.  They did not buy pregrated plastic packages.  I don't know where that cheese came from.  The balls had to have been 3 or 4 lbs each.  They were considerably bigger than soft balls, maybe 2X, and not uniform in size.  One of the best pizza makers I knew told me he used only "real" cheese, not the cheap stuff.  He used those giant balls.  I don't know what he meant by that, but I never saw those balls in the store.  They must have been made by a small local maker.

Natural leaven is a big deal, but I don't know if a home baker can manage it well.  I for sure can't.   

My best pizza was made with a combination of aged and fresh cheese.  Flour is the same year round.  The flesh of garden tomatoes and home grown basil was the difference, because my winter and summer pizza are very different.  A commercial pizzeria can't turn out high volume with these ingredients even if they were not seasonal.  They have to rely on canned tomatoes of one sort or another.  Prepping fresh tomatoes takes a long time.  I also make my own sausage.  It is better than store bought.  It took years to figure it out.  It also takes a long time and would be cost prohibitive for a pizzeria.
 

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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #139 on: November 29, 2010, 09:03:54 AM »
I wonder if it is temperature or the radiant heat from the wood coals.   Long ago my uncles told me that the best pizza they ever had in NYC was from coal fired ovens.  By the time I came along there might have been a couple left.  The guy who was left in Coney Island with a coal oven made what we now know as a Margherita, but then it was just another pizza.  He dealt out slices of fresh mozz.  There were also places that had giant balls of mozz in glass display refrigerators.  They did not buy pregrated plastic packages.  I don't know where that cheese came from.  The balls had to have been 3 or 4 lbs each.  They were considerably bigger than soft balls, maybe 2X, and not uniform in size.  One of the best pizza makers I knew told me he used only "real" cheese, not the cheap stuff.  He used those giant balls.  I don't know what he meant by that, but I never saw those balls in the store.  They must have been made by a small local maker.

Natural leaven is a big deal, but I don't know if a home baker can manage it well.  I for sure can't.   

My best pizza was made with a combination of aged and fresh cheese.  Flour is the same year round.  The flesh of garden tomatoes and home grown basil was the difference, because my winter and summer pizza are very different.  A commercial pizzeria can't turn out high volume with these ingredients even if they were not seasonal.  They have to rely on canned tomatoes of one sort or another.  Prepping fresh tomatoes takes a long time.  I also make my own sausage.  It is better than store bought.  It took years to figure it out.  It also takes a long time and would be cost prohibitive for a pizzeria.
 

Cranky,

Although I havenít tasted any other pizza from a pizzeria with a wood-fire oven, I had been waiting for awhile to even taste any pizza from any wood-fire oven.  My pizza making buddy Steve (Ev), built his own wood fired oven this past summer, brick by brick.  He invited me to his home to bake some of my formulas (with starters) and some of his formulas (some with cake yeast) in his wood fired oven.  That is what opened my taste buds and eyes to how a wood-fired oven bakes and makes a pizza taste different.  I had used the one same formula I was experimenting with at market.  If you are interested in seeing the pizzas baked in the wood-fire oven, in how different they look, this is the thread. http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,11887.0.html  The pizzas baked in Steveís WFO were the best pizzas I tasted until Kesteís.  Steve was kind enough to invite me different times to his home to bring some of my doughs along to try, but different times I was busy.  Steve showed me some pictures of pizzas baked in his wood-fired oven with cake yeast, and although I couldnít taste them, they sure looked delicious.  He is learning how to manage his WFO and also trying different formulas.

I visited Coney Island about 7 years ago, but I wasnít making pizzas then.  If I would have been making pizzas, I sure would have tried Totonnoís http://www.totonnos.com/Aboutus.html    There was a fire at Totonno's in March 2009  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/16/nyregion/16pizza.html  If I ever visit Coney Island again, I want to taste Totonnoís pies.  Since you have lived in NY, I am sure you already know how long it takes on the train (subway) to get from Manhattan to Coney Island.  It takes a long while in my opinion.  New York City is really big, as you already know.  I wonder if Totonnoís is where your uncle ate some of his best pies. 

I also think many pizza places in NYC went downhill over the years. Your posting about the large mozzarella balls in glass display refrigerators is interesting.  :) I donít know either if mozzarella balls then were made in NYC or shipped from Italy.  Kesteís cheese was also the best cheeses I have ever tasted on any pizza.  The two pizzas I purchased had two different kinds of cheeses on the different pies. I donít buy imported cheese.  I have only tried Grande balls of mozzarella, that were purchased near where I live.  They were about 13.00 for a big tub of smaller balls. 

With all your experience in making pizzas, natural leavening isnít really a big deal. I was helped though this process here on the forum, by many other members. The only thing with natural leavening is letting the dough bulk ferment, then you can cold ferment and if the dough still isnít ready, you can let the dough sit at room temperature again, until it looks ready to use. This is called a 3 stage protocol. You can even let the naturally leavened dough sit at room temperatures until it is ready to bake. It does take some understanding, but I am sure you could use starters in a dough, if you want to try them.  I could send you some dried out starters if you want to try to use them.  I will help you though the process, if you want.  Using natural leavening is the way pizzas were made many years ago, before commercial yeast, even in Italy.

The best pizzerias do use high quality ingredients, which then makes their pizzas better. 

I know you use your fresh from the garden vegetables on your pizzas in the summertime.  I also use my fresh vegetables at home in the summertime.  I also agree that fresh vegetables can make some of best tasting sauces in my opinion.  I have frozen many containers of Lesís sauce, that I made this summer.  Lesís sauce is better in my opinion than any other fresh sauce I can make in the summer. Even out of the freezer Lesís sauce is still very good.

I was reading this blog, posted by Caleb  http://pizzicletta.blogspot.com/2010/11/balance-of-great-neapolitan-pizza.html  If you or anyone else is interested in reading though his blog of his trip on bicycle though Italy, trying different kinds of pizzas and even being at the plant where they mill Caputo flours, http://pizzicletta.blogspot.com/2010/10/my-visit-to-molino-caputo.html anyone can see how he describes eating pizzas he tried. I think to be able to try some the pizzas made in Italy would really be interesting.  In my opinion Caleb does a great job in explaining how pizzas are in Italy.  Caleb is finished with his trip now, but I find how he explained everything in detail, is mouth watering.  ;D

Sorry this post is so long.

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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #140 on: November 29, 2010, 10:46:01 AM »

I want to taste Totonnoís pies.  Since you have lived in NY, I am sure you already know how long it takes on the train (subway) to get from Manhattan to Coney Island.  It takes a long while in my opinion.  New York City is really big, as you already know.  I wonder if Totonnoís is where your uncle ate some of his best pies.

Norma, agreed it takes a long time to take the subway out of Manattan to Coney. One reason it
is good to visit a few places deep in Brooklyn, since you are on the train for over an hour anyway.

The Q Train takes you from Manhattan to the Stillwater Ave (Coney Island) stop, which is a short walk from Totonno's Coney Island. That same train stops earlier at Avenue J, where DiFara is a literal stones throw from the elevated station.

On the way out of the Stillwater Ave/Coney Island stop, you can catch a train which drops you off close to L&B Spumoni Gardens for some good Sicilian and a tasty Spumoni Ice to cap off the pizza eating.

Totonno's is definitely worth a visit. No fancy bells and whistles, just really good, no nonsense coal oven pizza day in and day out. --K
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« Reply #141 on: November 29, 2010, 11:23:54 AM »
Norma, agreed it takes a long time to take the subway out of Manattan to Coney. One reason it
is good to visit a few places deep in Brooklyn, since you are on the train for over an hour anyway.

The Q Train takes you from Manhattan to the Stillwater Ave (Coney Island) stop, which is a short walk from Totonno's Coney Island. That same train stops earlier at Avenue J, where DiFara is a literal stones throw from the elevated station.

On the way out of the Stillwater Ave/Coney Island stop, you can catch a train which drops you off close to L&B Spumoni Gardens for some good Sicilian and a tasty Spumoni Ice to cap off the pizza eating.

Totonno's is definitely worth a visit. No fancy bells and whistles, just really good, no nonsense coal oven pizza day in and day out. --K

pizzablogger,

Thanks for your help and telling me about more pizzerias in NY.  :) I understand the train system, but havenít visited any of the places you mentioned. I will copy your directions for the train, when I can visit some of those pizzerias. I might visit some of the places you mentioned next spring or summer when the weather is warmer.  I have tried many pizzerias in Brooklyn over the years, but canít remember their names.  Some were in the Bed-Stuy area of Brooklyn.  Those pizzas were really good when I tasted them, but now since I make pizza and have tasted Kesteís, I donít know if I would like them as much. 

I never tried any coal oven pizzas, and appreciate your advise on visiting Totonno's.  I would like to try coal oven pizzas. 

Norma


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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #142 on: December 07, 2010, 11:10:33 PM »
This was posted on Slice today about Jim Lahey making the kind of pizza my daughter and I tried at Sullivan Street Bakery.  I had really like this Pizza Pomodoro when I tasted it at Sullivan Street Bakery.

This video shows how Pizza Pomodoro is made.

http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives/2010/12/-ready-video-jim-lahey-making-pizza-pomodoro.html

Now to figure out what formula to use for Pizza Pomodoro.

Norma

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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #143 on: December 08, 2010, 06:08:24 AM »
This was posted on Slice today about Jim Lahey making the kind of pizza my daughter and I tried at Sullivan Street Bakery.  I had really like this Pizza Pomodoro when I tasted it at Sullivan Street Bakery.

This video shows how Pizza Pomodoro is made.

http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives/2010/12/-ready-video-jim-lahey-making-pizza-pomodoro.html

Now to figure out what formula to use for Pizza Pomodoro.

Norma

Hi Norma,
I'm pretty sure that the formula is in the book.  If I get a chance I'm going to run into Chapter's & pick up a copy.  Because of course, you can never have to many bread books, right ??? ??? ???

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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #144 on: December 08, 2010, 07:01:55 AM »
Hi Norma,
I'm pretty sure that the formula is in the book.  If I get a chance I'm going to run into Chapter's & pick up a copy.  Because of course, you can never have to many bread books, right ??? ??? ???

Matt


Matt,

You are right that you canít ever have too many books about bread or pizza.  ;D  I just wonder if the real formula is in the book. 

I would be interested in hearing what kind of formula might be in Jim Laheyís book about Pizza Pomodoro.  That pizza was one of the most different pizzas I have ever tasted.  It was thin, but was crunchy on the bottom crust, as I posted first with pictures at Reply 20 http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,12388.msg117783.html#msg117783 and then again with the slice at Reply 22  http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,12388.msg117785.html#msg117785 and what my thoughts were about Jim Lahey's pizza at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,12388.msg117797.html#msg117797

The crust also had a very good taste. 

From the video posted on Slice, I guess Jim Lahey does use a steel pan to create the Pizza Pomodoro.  The dough does look like a fairly high hydration, but I wonder why the crust had such a good taste.  Maybe if we both work on this, we could find a formula to try. 

Thanks for looking into this kind of pizza.  ;D

Norma
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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #145 on: December 08, 2010, 01:43:03 PM »
Matt or anyone else that might be interested.  I think this is the same video on the bottom of the first link, that slice posted.  I donít know if you or anyone else think this is a good starting point or not for a Pizza Pomodoro.

http://www.chewswise.com/chews/2010/01/really-easy-pizza-jim-lahey.html

These are also other links for a Pizza Pomodoro

http://www.lottieanddoof.com/2010/01/pizza-pulp-fiction-jim-lahey/

http://tfl.thefreshloaf.com/node/15877/jim-lahey039s-pizza-patate-quotmy-breadquot

http://rcakewalk.blogspot.com/2010/02/pizza-via-jim-lahey-where-have-you-been.html

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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #146 on: December 08, 2010, 04:49:57 PM »
Matt or anyone else that might be interested.  I think this is the same video on the bottom of the first link, that slice posted.  I donít know if you or anyone else think this is a good starting point or not for a Pizza Pomodoro.

http://www.chewswise.com/chews/2010/01/really-easy-pizza-jim-lahey.html

These are also other links for a Pizza Pomodoro

http://www.lottieanddoof.com/2010/01/pizza-pulp-fiction-jim-lahey/

http://tfl.thefreshloaf.com/node/15877/jim-lahey039s-pizza-patate-quotmy-breadquot

http://rcakewalk.blogspot.com/2010/02/pizza-via-jim-lahey-where-have-you-been.html

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Norma,
This is the same recipe in his book which I just started to read & is quite good.  When are you going to make the Pizza Pomodoro?

Matt

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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #147 on: December 08, 2010, 06:27:18 PM »
Matt,

I might try to make Pizza Pomodoro over the weekend if you think one of these recipes are good.  I did taste the real Pizza Pomodoro at Sullivan Street Bakery, so I know how they should taste.  Right now I donít have a steel pan, but have a deep-dish pan I could try to use.  I did purchase a 17x1" steel deep-dish pan on Ebay last week to try Greek Pizza, but it hasnít arrived as of today.  The shape of the pan shouldnít matter.  I just would like to be able to create this kind of pie.  I also do have some heavy sheet pans, that I used before for Sicilian pies.  They did work okay. 

The one recipe in the one article is posted in grams. Do you know how to convert the recipe to bakerís percents so it is more accurate. 

Good to hear you purchased the book and you are enjoying reading it.  :) I have always been interested in no knead dough, but never tried any.  Do you have any idea when you might try the
Pizza Pomodoro?  If you try the recipe from your book, what kind of leavening system are you going to try?

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« Reply #148 on: December 09, 2010, 05:37:27 AM »
Matt,

I might try to make Pizza Pomodoro over the weekend if you think one of these recipes are good.  I did taste the real Pizza Pomodoro at Sullivan Street Bakery, so I know how they should taste.  Right now I donít have a steel pan, but have a deep-dish pan I could try to use.  I did purchase a 17x1" steel deep-dish pan on Ebay last week to try Greek Pizza, but it hasnít arrived as of today.  The shape of the pan shouldnít matter.  I just would like to be able to create this kind of pie.  I also do have some heavy sheet pans, that I used before for Sicilian pies.  They did work okay. 

The one recipe in the one article is posted in grams. Do you know how to convert the recipe to bakerís percents so it is more accurate. 

Good to hear you purchased the book and you are enjoying reading it.  :) I have always been interested in no knead dough, but never tried any.  Do you have any idea when you might try the
Pizza Pomodoro?  If you try the recipe from your book, what kind of leavening system are you going to try?

Norma

Norma,
The Formula is bakers % is as follows:

Flour 100%
Water 60%
IDY 2%
Salt 1%
sugar .6%

I might make some next weekend for my son's birthday party.  I'll probably use fresh yeast, I'm not sure yet.  I am interested in what you think as you have tried the one from his baker.

Matt

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Re: New York for a day-suggestions
« Reply #149 on: December 09, 2010, 08:17:25 AM »
Matt,

Thanks for figuring out what the formula is in bakerís percents.  :) I still have those darn problems with my math.  I had my oldest daughter trying to help me with math last week.  Maybe one of these days I will get it.   :-D

Great to hear you might try Pizza Pomodoro for your sonís birthday party next weekend.  If you want to start a thread about Pizza Pomodoro, that is okay with me.  I will also go on the journey to try and made a  Pizza Pomodoro. I only tried one slice at Sullivan St. Bakery and if I would have had time to go back before I left NY that day, I sure would have bought more. I know I donít know about every kind of pizza, but that slice I had sure was different than any other pie I ever made.  I really donít know how their bakers got the good flavor in the crust, but I think if we experiment enough, we might be able to recreate the Pizza Pomodoro.  The bottom crust was crunchy when I ate it.  The slice wasnít warmed, when I bought it from the bakery case, so it was just eaten cold, but still was excellent.  I donít know how they kept the crunch when it was cold.  Do you have any ideas on that?  My daughter just had the plain tomato sauce on her slice and also thought it was excellent and she isnít even a pizza freak like me.  I got her to taste my slice and she really liked it, but didnít want to eat too much, because mine had a really garlic taste, and she didnít want to get any stomach upset while in NY.  It is hard to find a bathroom while visiting and walking from place to place.  I also tasted her slice and it was also good, but I liked my slice better with the toppings. The pie really didn't bend, but still was somewhat moist inside. I don't know how their pies can be somewhat moist and still have the bottom crust crunch. Many other customers were coming into the Sullivan St. Bakery and buying many slices of Pizza Pomodoro.  When you look at all the kinds of pies that I posted pictures of, do you know why there are different names for the pies?  Is it the toppings that then give the pies the different names.  I am not good with Italian, so I donít know about that.  All the pies looked like they were about the same thickness factor.  Do you have any idea about what thickness factor to use?

Sullivan St. Bakery probably does use fresh yeast.  It seems to be the easiest way to go about recreating their pie.  I had wanted to purchase some fresh yeast for Paulís flour, but my local store was out of fresh yeast last week.  I might go again and see if they now have some in. 

If I have time this weekend I will give this a try.

Norma
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