I have been on a pizza tour of NYC since Wed afternoon. In the past 50 hours my son and I have eaten at Don Antonio by Starita (TWICE), Motorino, Forcella, Artichoke Basile's, and Paulie Gee's (tonite).
Both Roberto and Paulie were incredibly gracious and made us feel like we were personal friends. I can't tell you how great it was to be able to speak with them, and I get the sense that they would extend the same courtesy to anyone who expressed interest!
Perhaps the coolest thing about the weekend (so far!) is the fact that I've met not one but TWO members of pizzamaking.com --- Larry Thezaman and Lou Hot sawce at Don Antonio and Paulie Gee's respectively. These meetings were totally random, and I believe serendipitous. Both Larry and Lou were fantastic and obvious devotees of the craft. Needless to say, pm.com came up right away and the pizza connection was very strong.
I have had numerous "random events" like these throughout my life. Maybe when I'm 90 it will all come together in some Dickensian way and make sense. For now I'm just enjoying the ride!
Looking forward to meeting more of you!
What a great thing this site is!!