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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #100 on: February 26, 2012, 11:23:50 PM »
I sense a fat-ache in the making.


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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #101 on: February 27, 2012, 07:27:50 AM »
Hey! I resemble that remark! >:( :-D

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« Reply #102 on: February 27, 2012, 07:35:45 AM »
Wherever you are going on Saturday afternoon please count me in.  That's if there's room.   I'd join you on Friday during the day but it's a big shopping day for me.  I might be able to hit a place or two later in the afternoon.   Friday is our 2nd anniversary and I would love it if you all could find your way over befor we close at 11pm for some of my celebratory Limoncello.  Please keep me posted.

Ciao,

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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #103 on: February 27, 2012, 08:29:18 AM »
This just keeps getting better and better!  He have to make room for you Paulie.  I'll ride in the trunk if need be, no joke.  ;D

Would also love to try one of your pies and limoncello!
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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #104 on: February 27, 2012, 10:44:11 AM »
Just poppin' in here...what an extraordinary weekend this is shaping up to be! :)

I don't know if anyone else is in the same boat, but money is very tight at the moment for me so I will only be able to participate in some of the journey -- probably more of the places where they have slices. :( I am really curious about the Staten Island places too since I rarely get over there unless just driving through, coming back from Jersey into Brooklyn.

If my tax return comes in time (which it is very likely to do) I may be able to do more...


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« Reply #105 on: February 27, 2012, 11:02:20 AM »
Just poppin' in here...what an extraordinary weekend this is shaping up to be! :)

I don't know if anyone else is in the same boat, but money is very tight at the moment for me so I will only be able to participate in some of the journey -- probably more of the places where they have slices. :( I am really curious about the Staten Island places too since I rarely get over there unless just driving through, coming back from Jersey into Brooklyn.

If my tax return comes in time (which it is very likely to do) I may be able to do more...



I've got your tax return right here, pal.

You should not miss out because money is tight at the moment. I've certainly been there and others have helped me out, which I'm more than happy to do for you for the daytime portion at least.

Just show up and partake in all of it!  :)
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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #106 on: February 27, 2012, 11:21:23 AM »
PB, Thanks very much for that sentiment! :) I am def on board for as much as I can. I wouldn't miss this...no way, no how!

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« Reply #107 on: February 27, 2012, 01:39:46 PM »
Paulie, that's fantastic that you'll be able to join us. Because Kelly is coming in Friday, we've been kind of focusing on that leg of the tour, but we've got a sizeable group on Saturday, including yourself, 6, maybe 7, and, now that you're joining us, I think that number is going to grow ;)

Since Saturday is still in flux, Paulie, let me ask you this: Where would you like to go?  ;D Would you like to head back to Brooklyn and hit your favorite slice in New Park and maybe a couple places that we don't go to on Friday?  Or would you like to hit a few places in Manhattan? How about Jersey? What would work best for you?

I'm not making any promises, but I do want to accommodate your preferences/availability as much as possible as we plan Saturday.
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« Reply #108 on: February 27, 2012, 02:49:55 PM »
Whatever works for everyone else works for me.  And if you stop by Friday night for a nightcap I promise there will be no bench flour in the Limoncello.  And Johnny Dubya I got you covered too.

Ciao,

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« Reply #109 on: February 27, 2012, 02:57:03 PM »
I promise there will be no bench flour in the Limoncello.

 :-D

Are you sure, Paulie? Maybe you stumbled on to something there.

Edit: Limoncelldough?   :)
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« Reply #110 on: February 27, 2012, 05:19:33 PM »
Alright, based upon the new info from Kelly and John, we need to rethink Friday a bit.

Unless we can work around JohnC's schedule, half of us will be in my car and half will be taking mass transit, so that nixes starting off in Staten Island.

I've been thinking about this quite a bit, and, while tasting lots of pizza from lots of places IS important, one of my favorite segments of all these tours has been the discussion we had at Sycamore. The beauty of Sycamore was the ample seating and quiet atmosphere (and the adult beverages didn't hurt ;) ). I've talked about this a little bit before, but I'd really like to find places that are conducive to discussion.  That's what appealed to me most about Staten Island.  Staten Island gives us a few legendary pizzerias, that, during that time of the day, shouldn't be too crowded or noisy. If the weather is half decent, we might be able to eat outside at L&B, so that could be discussion friendly. I'm also hoping that, as we push later into the night (in Manhattan or anywhere else we end up), things might quiet down- maybe.  Between  around 4 and 10, though... I don't know.

If anyone who's been to these places and could chime in with which one(s) they feel would be most discussion friendly on a Friday night, I'd appreciate it.  Even if it's out of the way, I still think it's worth considering.

On another note, I was looking over Franny's website and noticed this:

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Franny's cannot accommodate parties larger than 6 and does not take reservations. We are a first come, first serve restaurant and parties are seated when completed.

This does not bode too terribly well.  Maybe we can try to play the VIP card and see if they'll bend the rules for us, but, that's probably a long shot.

And, of course we're going to Paulie's  ;D  When I drew up the previous plan, the logistics only worked out to hit two Brooklyn sit down places, and, based on feedback, Franny's and Barboncino had the two top spots, but I've always had Paulies in the back of my mind as a third option. I would still really like to head into Manhattan later in the night, so that means that we either go to Paulies after Franny's (8:30 or 9:00) or, if Franny's tells us to go suck an egg, then we go to Paulie's at 7:00 (if he can take us).

Paulie, I know these times all pretty much suck for you, with the later slot being especially difficult, but Barboncino opens at 5:00, so it only makes sense that we go there first, and I'd catch hell if I didn't at least try to score everyone a taste of Franny's clam pie (double entendre not intended ;) ), so that leaves us with a pretty small window.

What do you say, Paulie? Ten people at 7:00 or 9:00 on a Friday night? And, no, I'm not smoking crack  ;D
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« Reply #111 on: February 27, 2012, 05:42:46 PM »
Re; Lucali's... cross it off the list. Historic venues and gorgeous waitresses are always a draw   ;), but between the minimum 1/2 hour wait, the dry, crackery (I've heard 'tasteless' thrown around as well) crust, and eating into our precious evening itinerary, I just can't see it happening.

Also, thanks everyone for your patience in what is shaping up to be a very long thread- 6 pages and we still don't have an itinerary.  There's a lot more puzzle pieces to put together this time.
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« Reply #112 on: February 27, 2012, 06:37:32 PM »
We don't take reservations for any time but 6pm and we already have a party of 20 taking our two big tables.  Although you guys are certainly VIPs, so is everyone else who walks thru our doors.  I can't leave the impression that I am treating anyone preferentially.  I hope you understand. I really want you all to come in and celebrate our two year anniversary with me even if it's just for drinks.  If you guys don't mind coming in at 10pm I can make it work although you may have a few minutes wait.  I know it's late, but it will be a better experience than coming earlier.  You can stay as long as you want as long as you get your pie orders in before 11pm.  I might even turn the music down a bit at that point. Waddaya say?

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« Reply #113 on: February 27, 2012, 06:59:41 PM »
A party of 20?  :o

Paulie, I understand completely. That is very kind of you to offer to allow us to stick around past closing.

If we do Paulie's that means no Manhattan. As far as Manhattan goes, I don't really have a horse in that race.  I'd like to eventually get to Co. and the Pistacchio e Salsiccia at Don Antonio has my mouth watering, but I think other members have a greater investment in a later evening trip to Manhattan than I do. Let's let some of those folks chime in.
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« Reply #114 on: February 27, 2012, 07:20:47 PM »
You know what, I'm trying to be diplomatic here and allow as much feedback as possible, but Paulie's being so incredibly gracious, do we really have a choice?

Paulie's at 10 it is ;D

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« Reply #115 on: February 27, 2012, 08:41:20 PM »
  I'm in for the tour.  I will be on pizzaiolo duty Fri and Sat night, but anytime up until then I'd love to attend.  Also, if anyone needs a ride from Jersey let me know.

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« Reply #116 on: February 27, 2012, 09:29:58 PM »
Awesome Frank!! Glad to have you of course.  I am trying to go with the flow, however I am going to pizza expo in Vegas on  Sunday and having a possible platform tennis tournament on saturday most of the day, so a bit confused. I have some things to take care of. I am working hard to clear the schedule for friday to make it earlier.  I  don't mind driving and think iwill be ok Scott to meet at 11:00 am somewhere? Friday but not sure I can do the 12 hour tour. 
The weather started getting rough , the tiny pizza was lost,
if not for the courage of our leader scott,
the tour would be lost,
the tour would be lost  :-D

I will be in to Vesta  before the tour to discuss our options, gonna be a bunch of pizza freaks for sure!
We still have some time Scott don't over think it ! Will be a blast nor matter what!
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« Reply #117 on: February 27, 2012, 09:36:30 PM »
Oh remember what mama used to say
You can make some of the people happy some of the  time
But  You can't make all of the people happy all the time
Something like that?
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« Reply #118 on: February 28, 2012, 12:20:11 PM »
OK ... Last I saw this was itinerary here: http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,17885.msg173871.html#msg173871

And then I saw the followup comments on that regarding Franny's, etc., and the possibility of there being no Manhattan component. I'm fine with whatever.

Based on that schedule, I can meet up on Friday evening (March 9) at whatever ends up being the 6:30pm pizzeria. Or I could just join at 8pm at Best Pizza.

I think I might have said before, I'm not particular about where we go (or how many pizzerias I can eat at in one day), since I have easy access to these whenever. I'm more concerned with meeting all y'all.

Still working out whether I can do Saturday for Vesta. The old lady and I have "Baby Slice" in the oven, and we're using weekends to slowly get the homestead ready. I usually have to devote at least one day at home to tidying up/remodeling.
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« Reply #119 on: February 28, 2012, 07:51:25 PM »
Hi.....I posted this exact post in another thread where Chau and Scott invited me to this NYC weekend.  I would love to accept as long as I am not stepping on anyone's toes.  Thank you so much

Guys

If the invitation is still on, I can make that March weekend.......any day or both........thank  you once again......I guess you guys will get in touch with further info??


Scott.....this seems like a lot of people are gonna be there....if I have to take a rain check, Im cool with that........its just nice to be invited.
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« Reply #120 on: February 28, 2012, 10:57:33 PM »
Frank and Nick, it's really great to have you.

Beyond acquiring some exciting new additions, we've had some encouraging developments on the scheduling side.

Here's the current list of attendees:

Chau
Myself
JohnC
Craig
JohnW
Adam
Gene
Kelly
Steve
Norma
Paulie
Bob
Frank
Nick

This is 14! :o, but bear in mind, it's not 14 at the same places, at the same time. I think, right now, the most we'll have in one place is 11.

And here's the working schedule for Friday:

11:00 Joe & Pat's
12:00 Lee's Tavern
1:00 Nunzio's
1:30 Totonno's
2:30 Nathans
3:00 L&B
4:00 New Park (time permitting)
5:00 Barboncino
6:30 Forcella
8:00 Best
8:30 ??????
10:00 Paulie Gees

I tested Ron's (Barboncino) temperature about 5:00 and he was fine with it and excited about the prospect of having us. Adam spoke to Giulio at Forcella about 6:30, and Giulio gave that that the greenlight (THANK YOU Adam!). We have, right now, about an hour and a half of thumb twiddling in Brooklyn- if we can pick up another sit down, great, otherwise, we can look for a slice place (or two) to fill that void.

We're still working out the logistics of Staten Island in the AM (more people than cars, at the moment), but I'm not sweating that right now. The nice thing about our daytime leg is that, while we may need reservations for the Staten Island places, because of the time of the day, we might be able to get away with making them at the end of this week, so we've got time to see how the transportation pans out and as to whether or not we start in Staten Island (with cars) or in Brooklyn (using a combination of cars and mass transit).

This is still preliminary, but here's a proposal for Saturday:

11:30 Amano (when the doors open)
1:00 Pizzatown
2:00 Vesta
4:30 Mr. Bruno's

We're running low on cars here as well. The options for getting out of Manhattan and back in are quite accommodating. For those that want to join us at Amano, the train station is within eyesight of the restaurant.  There's also a bus that goes in and out of the Port Authority to Vesta and I'm willing to pick up anyone that takes the path into Harrison. Like I said, lots of options.  Whoever wants to come and for whatever component, I'll make sure you get where you're going, and, for those that need to get back in the city at a particular hour, I'll make sure you're on the right bus or train to achieve that end as well. In other words, if you want to join us, but aren't sure about the travel logistics, don't worry about it.

Here's everyone that's confirmed

Myself
Gene
Chau
Craig
Bob

And here's the maybes

John Conklin
Frank
Paulie
Adam
Nick

Nick/Frank, I'm putting you in the maybe column because I'm not sure if you want to do both days. Nick, with your NH/NY style-in-a-WFO aspirations, I would say Vesta should be the top of your list, with Best at #2.  If you want to see the most members, though, then I'd pick Friday over Saturday.  If you can do both days, we'd love to have you.  This, obviously, goes for everyone- if you can swing Friday and Saturday, the more the merrier.  Friday's going to have some great people and some great pizza, but Saturday will have great people and better great pizza as well ;).

Based upon 12ish hours of touring on Friday, I didn't want to overdo it on Saturday, but if there's anywhere else in Northern NJ that people want to go to later in the day/into the night, I'm game. Star Tavern isn't super far and might be worth the trip. I've been trying to get to Reservoir Tavern, but that's a bit of a trek. Also, Mr. Bruno's is pretty much an L&B clone, so doing both in two days might not be essential, but it is close to Vesta and I wanted to flesh out the trip a bit. I'm perfecting fine with just Amano, Pizza Town and Vesta.

Lastly, once we get a little more finalized, I'll edit the first post to reflect the most up to date itinerary/guest list so that people don't have to go digging for it.
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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #121 on: February 29, 2012, 12:00:38 AM »
Scott ,
Just want to be the first to say THANK YOU  and what a great job your doing with the various people, pizza  styles , schedules and well just. A lot of everything. This is going to be a fabulous weekend for all involved .I am so happy I live here in the action! I am planning madly to make both days, and calculate that I will consume  approximately 75- 100 + various slices from march 9th - 13 th  :P holy #*<¥%!!
it all worth it, and I can't wait! this is what I live (and exercise) for !
See you all soon T- 10 days
John
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« Reply #122 on: February 29, 2012, 09:20:37 AM »
The 8:30 slot after Best could be a watering hole/intermezzo.

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« Reply #123 on: February 29, 2012, 11:56:24 AM »
Okay, I've thought about this a bit more, and as I keep looking at this schedule, I can't help but feel that we're biting off a bit more than we can chew.  If we meet in Manhattan at 10, that's 13 hours.  I've been trying to get to the Staten Island places for years, and I know everyone else is interested as well, but it seems like the consensus is more along the lines of 'wouldn't it be nice to hit the Island,' rather than 'we can't miss the Island.'  With these two aspects in mind, I'm proposing two changes. 1. Nix the Island. 2. Meet, in Manhattan, at 11:00.  If we're going to get tables, we really should get to Totonno's when they open at 12:00, so that should be our first stop in Brooklyn.  We might be able to grab a slice from Artichokes on the way out to Brooklyn (or perhaps meet there).


11:00 Artichoke
12:00 Totonno's
1:00 Nathans
1:30 L&B
3:00 New Park
4:00 ?
5:00 Barboncino
6:30 Forcella
8:00 Best
8:30 ?
10:00 Paulie Gees

Artichoke would have to be a pretty quick slice to ensure we get to Coney Island in time.  Google has it as 28 minutes, but, with traffic, it could easily double.

This does give us another gap.  We could:

1. Do a slice place at 4:00
2. Stretch out L&B a bit, as well as New Park and push New Park closer to Barboncino
3. Tighten everything up a bit and do a sit down at 3:30 (such as Robertas as Kelly has suggested previously).

Kelly wants to do New Park, so I think pushing it to 4ish might put his bus in jeopardy.

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« Reply #124 on: February 29, 2012, 11:57:31 AM »
The 8:30 slot after Best could be a watering hole/intermezzo.

I like that idea, but aren't most water holes going to be wall to wall people at that hour?


 

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