Thursday, November 11, 2010
Not much to talk about here. Me and Dan both agreed that this is pretty much worthless as a pizzeria, although I wish more pizza shops in New York still looked like this. That is probably just unhealthy sentimentality and nostalgia. One time my dad came over to drink coffee at my apartment, which is in this ancient building from like 1865 or something. They were building this hideous condo building across the street and I was like, "God, this shit is hideous."
"No worse than those," my dad said, pointing at some of the nearly identical, vinyl-sided row houses, probably put up in the 60s or 70s, flanking the rest of the block.
"What do you mean?" I asked, "Those buildings are great."
My father pointed at my building, "This building is great. Look at the stone detailing on every floor. It's beautiful. Those buildings across the street are just more cookie cutter crap, no better or worse than the condo, they're just older."
And I'm sure my (currently non-existent) nephews and nieces or my nephews' and nieces' nephews and nieces will look at some of the yuppie shithole pizzerias that I hate the decor of and they will have seen them since they were little kids and they will have an affinity for that stuff and whatever the spaceage new shit that comes out when they are teenagers will be stupid to them or whatever, but it's actually, ultimately all the same crap.
And this pizza is also the same crap. It's actually really disappointing, to tell you plain and true. The cheese is good, it's cooked well, got decent crust and fine ratios. But the sauce! The sauce is so vile and disgusting it ruins everything else. It tasted curdled. It tasted . It was horrible. We didn't finish this slice, but if the sauce had been edible it might've been good.
Johnny's Pizza and Pasta - $2.50
261 1st Ave (15th & 16th)
New York, NY 10003
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
is so awesome! I really want to go back and get a non-pizza, sit down dinner there. What's going on is, in the front of the place, it is a really cool looking neighborhood pizzeria, and then in the back it is a fancy restaurant. It's kind of like if you took the bar out of the front of and put a rad pizzeria in. I ventured in back to find the can and the whole place was fantastic looking. Nice restroom, too. Spacious.
I recently ran into Eric the Red, who is one of the owners of , my favorite bar (and occasional workplace), a few nights after he got back into town from traveling for a few months. "How's the pizza going, where are you up to these days?" was his first question for me. When I told him that I had just finished up 14th-23rd on the East Side his eyes lit up and he asked, "did you go to Adriatic? I used to go there with my father all the time when I was a kid. It's such a strange place."
This slice is thin and wide. It was light on the sauce, but the sauce had a distinct enough flavor that you could taste it's presence. There was enough grease, but not too much, and the cheese was of great quality. The dough and crust were both superb, cooked well, with enough salt. The one thing is that the whole slice was a little bit too floppy because of how thin it was, but on the whole it was way above average!
Adriatic Italian Restaurant - $2.50
321 1st Ave (18th & 19th)
New York, NY 10003
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
! On the internet phonebook listing, this place is labeled "Tony's for Brothers" and I thought maybe it was a pizzeria that was only for Jesuit Monks. And perhaps that used to be the name, and this place was a haven for wizened holy men once upon a time. But nowadays "Tony's House of Pizza" is a den of iniquity, where the back room is full of children discussing elaborate sex acts in a way that made me very uncomfortable.
I wanted to like this slice, because I liked the scrappy quality of the place, and I liked the name. It was glaringly apparent from the very first bite that I wouldn't like this slice, but by the third bite I had skipped right past not like and landed straight in dislike. Seriously, there was something so disgusting about this piece of pizza. It was just overwhelmingly bad. It was cooked okay, and the ratios were, in the parlance of our times, aight, but there was this weird synthetic grease flavor that pervaded every bite and made everything so disgusting and unpleasant! Fuck, too bad.
Tony's House of Pizza - $2.25
347 1st Ave (20th & 21st)
New York, NY 10010