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Served: My Life in Cheese Begins

The best part of the job was that I attended every class I organized, thus getting a free education in wonderful cheese. The best was the Master Class for Cheese Professionals, three days of seminars and lectures and giant tastings of cheeses. I took pages and pages in notes. More

Philadelphia: Zavino Wine Bar Pizzeria

112 South 13th Street, Philadelphia PA 19107 (at Sansom Street; map); 215-732-2400; zavino.com
Pizza style: Neapolitan-inspired
Oven type: Gas-fired brick oven
The skinny: Having studied under Jim Lahey of NYC's Sullivan Street Bakery and Co., the small, individual-size pizzas here have the characteristics of good bread
Price: Margherita, $12; spinach pizza, $13

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Sunday Pizza Night at Colicchio & Sons

Colicchio & Sons Sunday Pizza Night 85 Tenth Avenue, New York NY 10011 (at West 15th; map); 212-400-6699; colicchioandsons.com Getting there: A/C/E/L to Eighth Ave./14th St. Pizza style: Neapolitan-inspired Oven type: Wood Stone gas-fired brick oven, with some wood added The skinny: Celeb chef Tom Colicchio does "Pizza Night" on Sundays in the Tap Room of his new Colicchio & Sons. Small Neapolitan-inspired pies have a soft, tender dough with variable puffiness Price: $14 to $16 a pie A couple weeks ago chef-restaurateur and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio opened Colicchio & Sons in the space formerly occupied by... More

Pizza Madness 2009: Los Angeles — Pizzeria Mozza and Antica Pizzeria

From the Slice inbox: "Waiting for your review of Mozza and Antica. Please get to it soon. Thanks. —Pizzafreak" OK. Here you go, Pizzafreak. My blathering about "Pizza Madness 2009" continues ... —The Mgmt. [Photographs: Adam Kuban] Until I touched down at LAX on Thursday, October 29, most of my knowledge of Los Angeles came from CHiPs, The Rockford Files, the Terminator franchise, and The Closer. I had a feeling I'd be in for a shock. It came pretty early. On the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and North Crescent (straight-up 90210 territory), I saw both a Bentley Continental ragtop... More

Pizzeria Gialina and a Summer of Super Slices in San Francisco

[Photograph: Adam Kuban] Gialina Pizzeria 2842 Diamond Street, San Francisco CA 94131 (map); 415-239-8500; gialina.comPizza Style: ArtisanalOven Type: Gas-fired I have several vivid memories of San Francisco restaurants from when I lived there, back in the days of yore. I often wistfully recall the sight of the cook hand-pulling noodles at Kirin and the incomparable dry fried squid my friends and I would fight over. At other times, I daydream and find myself in North Beach, inhaling garlic vapors before walking into Caffe Sport just as lunch hour ends and sharing shrimp and pasta with an old friend. Such... More

'Don't Confuse the Experience with the Product'

In response to Ed's post "Is Artisanal, Handmade Food Really Better?" the Gurgling Cod brings up a good point. Ed basically says that just because a farmer raised a pig doesn't mean he or she necessarily knows how to make bacon from it. Says the Cod man: True, and worth pointing out, but part of a larger question, which is the temptation to confuse the experience with the product. To put it in a different context, just because the waitress calls you 'hon don't mean the grits ain't from Sysco. It is a good point, and probably not a one of us isn't guilty of doing it at some point—romanticizing a place for its nostalgic charm or the curmudgeon with... More

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