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« Reply #325 on: March 12, 2012, 08:25:27 PM »
  Hey Guys it was a pleasure meeting everyone.  I had a great time and really enjoyed the company.  Also, thank you very much for adding Vesta Wood-Fired to the tour and checking my place out, I really appreciate that.  For the record, I really enjoyed Totonno's on the trip, contrary to majority opinion.  I thought the pizza was great and was executed really nice in the Coal Fired fashion.  I'm sorry I missed that latter part of the tour, but I will definitely be making it out to those spots soon, especially Paulies. 


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« Reply #326 on: March 12, 2012, 09:17:22 PM »
As promised, here's John on the wheels of peel and the group by the time it hit Paulie Gee's. Again, wish I could have been in on the earlier part, and I wish the early split-off folks could have been on the late part. Chars!
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« Reply #327 on: March 13, 2012, 04:25:37 AM »
Thanks for the halo Scott.

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« Reply #328 on: March 13, 2012, 04:47:36 AM »
Paulie,
 I liked the salt and my slice was really not burnt that bad? I understand why you would order well done At new park. Many on the staging area looked light and a tad undercooked .next time we can try medium well!
This slice just nugged out best for my favorite!
Really like the vibe at Robertas and was given the grand tour there great hip spot.
Adam thanks? for posting my timid scared time with a true master guilio you can see how his finger ligaments are quite flexible and that was the highlight of the trip for me for sure!
Expo update
Dinner with mike madan today, paulie he says hello
Got some 1 on 1 with Tony Gemignani! Met Michael Fairholme, meeting tom lehman tomorrow and lots of other great pizza folk. I checked out a beautiful baby blue Stefano oven, and hit 3 great and informative seminars. The show has not even  started yet!
Lots of mobile guys kickin around as well
Night!
Will post tour pics and a thread for expo upon return! Place is amazing!!
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« Reply #329 on: March 13, 2012, 09:22:33 AM »
Next stop was L & B for a square slice. As noted, there was a small gum line underneath the cheese (in the areas that do have cheese).  It was not offensive and gave a great additional mouth feel for a pretty tighty crumbed pizza. Highly rated, and the sauce was great.  I bought a round slice, I believe Chau and I decided it was good also.  Also had a Spumoni (ice cream) which was excellent.  With the sit-down sandwich / pasta restaurant next door, I could have eaten here for a week and been happy.  Very nice stop, very busy.  Suits, city workers, firemen, families just people everywhere.

Also a Man-Vs Food episode from there:

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« Reply #330 on: March 13, 2012, 12:09:52 PM »
I'm looking forward to having New Park again.  Will have to hit it up on the way to the Rockaways to see what the hipsters are up to at the beach. :D

I def need to hit up New Park, so let me know if you want any company. I go out to the beach nearby quite a bit! ;)

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« Reply #331 on: March 13, 2012, 01:21:40 PM »
Frank, I didn't not enjoy Totonno's but I hope you can appreciate the fact that I have had it quite a few times (and Kelly and Paulie have as well) and it was not the pizza that I fell for (this past time). If you had a near perfect memory of their pie and then you got what we got I would think you would feel the same. It used to be very good -- Friday it was merely good, IMO.

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« Reply #332 on: March 15, 2012, 09:43:40 PM »
Never got a chance to put up the few pics  I got from this great trip it was a whirlwind Friday pizza day then platform then on to expo finall back and will start by posting here. Flashbacks of a great day of comradere and pizza too!
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« Reply #333 on: March 15, 2012, 09:46:01 PM »
L&B Yumm I know I have more because the camera made it thru New Park which also beat out best in my opinion I am still pizzaed out from the expo then off to Brooklynn coal fired today to top it off.
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« Reply #334 on: March 16, 2012, 10:43:05 PM »
Been out exploring in West Texas (made a major pizza discovery on the trip - more to follow later) this week. Sorry for being slow to get these posted.

Totonno's didn't do much for me. Bland and bready. It didn't totally suck like Lombardi's on my last visit, but it was decidedly unremarkable. The coal oven must have been running cooler than my home oven. That being said, meeting everyone certainly overshadowed the pizza. I'd go back and give it a second chance.

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« Reply #335 on: March 16, 2012, 10:44:14 PM »
Nathan's was fun and a GREAT dog!

I saw Grandpa Chacha across the street on our way out.
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« Reply #336 on: March 16, 2012, 10:46:54 PM »
L&B was good for me to visit. I hadn't had a slice like that before. It was not something I would bake or eat every week, but I did enjoy it and I would go back for sure.
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« Reply #337 on: March 16, 2012, 10:50:30 PM »
I really enjoyed New Park well done pies and all. I would never have guessed I'd see someone throw handfuls of salt into their oven (and you will not see it at The Garage), however I liked the salt on the bottom of the pie. You can see the little white specs on the upskirt shot.
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« Reply #338 on: March 16, 2012, 10:53:15 PM »
Roberta's, like the last time I ate there, really didn't do much for me. It's a neat place and probably worth a visit (get them to show you around - it is a LOT bigger than it appears), but that's about it. I did learn that I don't like capers on pizza.
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« Reply #339 on: March 16, 2012, 10:55:12 PM »
Barboncino was also just OK. The pies reminded me a lot of Paulie's Gee's...
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« Reply #340 on: March 16, 2012, 10:58:03 PM »
I liked Forcella. Second time I've been and it was consistant. It was a good time there. Somehow I seem to have forgotten to take pictures of the pies?  :-[

Beautiful oven isn't it!  :-D
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« Reply #341 on: March 16, 2012, 11:01:59 PM »
This was my third visit to Paulie Gee's. So far, it has been 100% consistant which is as impressive as anything else. His pies are a little different from my preferred NP style, but they are incredible nonetheless with inspiring flavor combinations. Last, but certainly not least, Paulie is a gracious and giving host.
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« Reply #342 on: March 16, 2012, 11:07:46 PM »
Amano was one of my favorite places on this crawl. You are greeted by twin red G. Acunto (not SF) ovens, and they were up to temp. The pies were really just how it like them with a little paper thin crispy shell on the cornice and soft in the center. The center of the pie was thin and wet. Everything was in balance. It reminds me a lot of Keste but with slightly less salt in the dough (still probably 3% or more).
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« Reply #343 on: March 16, 2012, 11:09:31 PM »
Pizza Town and birch beer. Does life get any better???

The last picture tells it all. 30 minutes in the place, and you even look like a local.  :-D
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« Reply #344 on: March 16, 2012, 11:17:30 PM »
At risk of sounding like a broken record, Frank was the most gracious host you could possibly imagine. Vesta was probably the most fun stop of the trip because Frank didn't just stop with the red carpet, he handed us the keys to the place! I was blown away by his generosity. He has a beautiful place (love the twin SF's) and bakes some topnotch pies. The first pie he served us was one of my top pies for the trip: vodka sauce and blackened shrimp. In a word, incredible. His handmade pepperoni pie cooked "Frank's way" (a little lighter bake) was also out of this world. Thank you again Frank! I'm sorry I had to leave early. Anyone who passes within 100 miles of Vesta should make a detour!
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« Reply #345 on: March 16, 2012, 11:19:05 PM »
What is the one thing that would get me to leave Vesta early???

Here are the dead solders the next morning. 59 bottles equivalent.

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« Reply #346 on: March 16, 2012, 11:24:49 PM »
Gene and I hit Motorino on Sunday. I couldn't pass up a Brussels Sprout pie, and it did not dissapoint. This is still one of my favorite places in NYC.
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« Reply #347 on: March 16, 2012, 11:25:49 PM »
Gene checking out some of the city's finner offerings on the way to eat soup dumplings at Joe's Ginger in Chinatown. I think those pink gloves will look good on him when he is in his next BBQ competition...
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« Reply #348 on: March 16, 2012, 11:32:13 PM »
Hey Craig,

Would you tell me what the toppings were on your first Paulie Gee's photo (PG1) were?

Looks like a good time, and thanks to all for the write-ups and photo's.....

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« Reply #349 on: March 16, 2012, 11:33:23 PM »
Paul, I'm sorry. I didn't order, and I don't remember. I'm sure someone else does though and will chime in.

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