And one other thing Tyson. I would have corrected you immediately if you called me Paul.
I'll take Martin Scorsese over Larry David or Woody Allen any day. Tyson uses the term will it into existence, but what we talked about and what i believe he means is speak it into existence. My advice was for him to tell people he was going to do it so that it would be harder for him to walk away when things got tough. Commitment is a very powerful thing. That is what I did when I was asked about opening Paulie Gee's with other aspiring pizza enthusiast entrepreneurs. Some of the cities mentioned are still on track and some are not. Adam decided that he preferred staying in NYC and no one else has presented themselves for Portland. Baltimore turned out to be a logistical and bueraucratic nightmare but Kelly has been grinding it out and we are weeks away from opening. We are in lease negotiations in Chicago, LA, Columbus and Miami, but due to the greedy nature of many landlords (and occasionally investors) the finish lines are not stationary. The full circle nature of things will be helpful in our build outs. I have recommended to the potential PG's owner/operators some of the cost saving buildout techniques that Tyson had chosen to implement, such as building the bar in front of the beer walk in if possible. In any case, thanks for all the kind words Tyson. And BTW, I am sure that I told you that I still thought the name and logo were a mistake.
Here ya go Doc. Check back occasionally for updates:
On site and mobile builds handle the load equally. In terms of volume, what matters is the diameter of the oven floor. Ours are 140 centimeters. It's important to have the right number of seats to so as to maximize the oven's financial potential without overwhelming it. I have found that number to be about 75 seats including about 10 bar seats as long as you are running your oven hot enough to cook the pies in 90 seconds or less.
Thank you @Makanmata.
@jim_s believe it or not I still haven't hades slice at that un-named place. His hours don't work with my schedule.
@calmdahn This tour was of my favorite in each boro. My favorites are my favorites. There's no arguing with that.
Thanks for all who joined me. My only regret is that the Slicemeister and Lois Heyman couldn't join us. The tour was in honor of the 5th anniversary of discovering the crossroads of my life, Greenpoint & Franklin and this event the next day:
Thanks for the great write up Kenji.
They do too @bobbob. I don't think the bar next door feels that say though. Congrats @slicemeister.
Great shots Robyn. I love the place, but I've never been there at night. Your photos are inspiring me to go. I hope they are open on Mondays.
This from a party at Pizza Expo 2013:
Lance: Jeff, what's the most important thing you brought to Varasano's from your corporate career?
I can hardly wait for part 2.
I've been tasting it for years now. I keep buying it in hope that it has gone away, but as I type I am eating some and the taste is still there. I always sensed, not cinnamon but clove. The only reason I still buy it now is that I love the shape of their Catanisella Lunga and I have not found a similarly shaped pasta produced by anyone else. Any update on this problem?
I did not. The girls promised it to me, but when I went back for it, the guy was there and didn't know WTF I was talking about and I gave up my pursuit.
Here, here. I secondcThe Slicemeister. How 'bout it Katie?
@Grant Sometimes I just gotta pinch myself.
@Slicemeister Kubar? Kubaned up beyond all recognition? Or is he referring to this:
And while we are one the subject, do these count even though We're here mostly for the skiing?:
Last April we made a trip to Capri, Amalfi, Naples and Rome just to eat pizza. If you don't believe me, just ask my accountant. The year before, I flew out to the Bay Area for a three day, fourteen stop pizza tour. And BTW, We went on an unplanned return visit to Bonci's place the following day as well.
You know where to find me @kungSchu.
@CTMike Who do you think I am, R. Lee Ermey?
I'm planning a Paulie Gee's Best of the Boroughs Pizza Tour. Date and time TBD. In this order:
1. Joe and Pat's
3. New Park
4. Lou and Ernie's
5. Prince St.
BTW @Kenji, stunning picture of New Park. It now lives in my camera roll.
That's not what I wanted you to say.
"and Staten Island-style pizzas come to mind.".
Say it. Say it! You won't alienate the Denino fans. Say it!!
You'll keep readin' and they'll keep writin'.
Here's what @scott123 is tawkin' about:
An amazing pie. I'm glad to see he's using those sweet and delicious Early Girl tomatoes. I can hardly wIt for my next busy to the Bay Area so I can check him out. Congratulations Jeff.