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A Slice of Brooklyn, A perfect slice of NY Pizza

     I know. It’s been a while. You wouldn’t believe the pictures I have of all the food I’ve eaten with the intention of writing a post for you guys and just never got around to it. But once in a while, an experience comes along that you just have to share. Yesterday was that day.

It was all kind of serendipitous really. My company put together this pizza tour and invited a few brokers and a few people from each department to come along. My boss and another colleague were supposed to go but neither could at the last minute, so there you go. I got the lucky ticket. The tour is actually one that runs regularly – they do private tours like we were on, or a public tour. They are called A Slice of Brooklyn and they offer a few different tours of Brooklyn. The one I was on was a pizza tour. Our tour guide was Marc, clearly an actor of some sort because he was on, funny, entertaining, etc. He really did make the tour. He was also a wealth of knowledge. Turns out he grew up in Brooklyn and was genuinely passionate about it (or just a really good actor) but either way it totally worked!tour

We took the Manhattan bridge – I’m guessing so we could see and take pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge and got all kinds of interesting trivia about it. You can actually walk over the BB and get yourself to the first stop if you wanted to do that instead. BB

First stop in Brooklyn is an area called DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) (Yes I learned that yesterday) Great area of Brooklyn where rents are on average more than Manhattan?! (Yes I learned that yesterday, too) Anyway – first stop was a place called Grimaldi’s.Grimaldis Apparently it is one of the top 5 pizza places in all the U.S.A. The pizza tour was about getting us to try two different styles of pizza and this first stop, the tour guide called Neapolitan (as in from Naples). Although, having eaten pizza in Italy, I challenged Marc on this, because this really isn’t the kind of pizza you get in the home country. I would call this Americanized Neapolitan pizza aka thin crust. However, by way of American style thin crust…THIS is top notch!

pizzathin

It’s the real deal folks and the crust is PERFECTION. And let’s be honest, the crust can make or break a Pizza.

After stuffing our faces with the above, back on the tour bus on a drive through Brooklyn where we got to see Shore Road (like 8 million dollar homes) and every place we went they had infused with scenes from famous movies. Like Goodfellas:Goodfellas

Next actual stop was Bensonhurst at a place called L&B Spumoni Gardens.L&B

Which is apparently known for their epic Sicilian style pizzaSicilianpie

That would be sauce on top of cheese so the bread doesn’t get soggy! Brilliant! And, now, while I prefer thin crust pizza in general, this was fantastic Sicilian, probably the best I’ve ever had.

Slice

They are also known for their Spumoni – which is ice cream like – and I got it because they said we should try it, but it’s nothing like gelato and if that is what you are expecting, just skip it as you will be disappointed.Spumoni

The last stop on the tour was Coney Island and Marc, our tour guide’s favorite stop. He was full of info about how much it has been cleaned up and improved and how they are fighting for more sections of it to be land-marked and not destroyed because Coney Island is iconic. I’ve passed but, I’m ashamed to say, have never been; however, we may make an effort this summer as I really think the kids would love it.

After that we made our way back to Manhattan. The tour was about 4 1/2 hours long. It was educational and entertaining and all around yummy. You can catch the public tours out of Union Square for like $80/per person. However, we might be able to work on that price.

So my recommendation is to get one of these tours, but if you can’t, just walk over the BB and go to Grimaldi’s! Go here! Eat this!

 

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Pizza: THIS is IT!

New Yorkers pride themselves on their pizza and I will be the first to tell you that there is no shortage of good, no, GREAT pizza in and around NYC. This is a fact. Because of this fact, it’s very hard to pin down the BEST pizza in NY as so many claim to have it. But let’s face it, there are so many different types of pizza as well, and we aren’t just comparing apples to apples (or in this case pizza to pizza to pizza). As I’ve posted before, my husband is from Italy and we’ve had the good fortune to visit on many occasions. In America, Pizza is considered inarguably Italian, but I’m here to tell you that Pizza in Italy is very different from what we are used to eating on fridays in our homes. Now in Italy, the BEST Pizza, supposedly happens in Naples. I’ve passed by Naples, but have never actually stopped for Pizza in Naples (on my bucket list). So, my post is going to focus on what I think is the best Neapolitan, i.e. Italian pizza in NYC: Keste’

Keste' Rest

Keste’ is located at 271 Bleeker St. The chef is from Italy, outside of Naples. It doesn’t get more authentic than this folks. Real Italian pizza has a very thin crust. It’s cooked like this:

Making Pizza

And each pizza is made for one person. My personal favorite is called Pizza del Re (Pizza of the king) and is made with truffle cream. Kill.me.now. If you haven’t met truffle, put THAT on your bucket list because your life will never be the same. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of the Pizza del Re. It doesn’t look unlike the following pizzas which are all to die for.

Keste’ Pizza made with Buffalo Mozzerella:

Keste' Pizza

Prosciutto di Parma (my hubby’s favorite):

Proscuitto Pizza

Want a little spice in your life, try the Diavolo Pizza:

Diavola Pizza

You might be wondering what Keste’ means. It actually means, “This is it.” It’s a fitting meaning because it really doesn’t get much better. Good news is that they have a sister restaurant on 50th and 8th called Don Antonio by Starita with a similar menu. I took some friends there at the beginning of June and introduced them to my friend the truffle. We ordered the Pizza del Re along several others. They are still raving. So take my word for it, or better yet try it yourself. Whether Keste’ or Don Antonio, Go Here! Eat This!

http://www.kestepizzeria.com

http://www.donantoniopizza.com

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