Pizza City: The Ultimate Guide to New York's Favorite Food

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Pizza is a $35 billion a year business, and nowhere is it taken more seriously than New York City. Journalist Peter Genovese surveys the city’s pizza scene—the food, the business, the culture—by profiling pizza landmarks and personalities and rating pizzerias in all five boroughs.

In this funny, fascinating book, Genovese explores the bloggers who write about New York pizza, the obsessive city dwellers who collect and analyze the delivery boxes, Mark Bello’s school where ...

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Overview


Pizza is a $35 billion a year business, and nowhere is it taken more seriously than New York City. Journalist Peter Genovese surveys the city’s pizza scene—the food, the business, the culture—by profiling pizza landmarks and personalities and rating pizzerias in all five boroughs.

In this funny, fascinating book, Genovese explores the bloggers who write about New York pizza, the obsessive city dwellers who collect and analyze the delivery boxes, Mark Bello’s school where students spend a day making pies from scratch, and Scott Wiener’s pizza bus tours.

Along the way, readers learn the history of legendary Totonno’s on Coney Island (Zagat’s number-one pizzeria for 2012), along with behind-the-scenes stories about John’s on Bleecker Street, Joe’s on Carmine, Lombardi’s, Paulie Gee’s, Motorino, and more than a dozen other favorite spots and their owners. Throughout these profiles, Genovese presents a brief history of how pizza came to the city in 1905 and developed into a major attraction in Little Italy, a neighborhood that became a training ground for many of the city’s best-loved pizzerias. Enjoyable facts and figures abound. Did you know that Americans put 250 million pounds of pepperoni on their pies every year? Or that Domino’s has more outlets per capita in Iceland than in any other country?

Beyond the stories and tidbits, Genovese provides detailed, borough-by-borough reviews of 250 pizzerias, from simple “slice shops” with scant atmosphere to gourmet pizzerias, including shops that use organic ingredients and experiment with new variations of crusts and toppings. Complemented by hundreds of current and never-before-seen archival photos, the book gives the humble slice its proper due and will leave readers overwhelmed by a sudden desire for New York pizza.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Sam Roberts

"Pizza City is one mouthwatering book, no matter how you slice it."
founder of Slice blog - Adam Kuban

"Pizza City tells the tale of New York City's favorite dish by defly kneading together the stories of the people who make it, who eat it, who chronicle it, who obsess over it. . . . a fine addition to the growing trove of NYC pizza intel."
I Dream of Pizza blog - Jason Feirman
"This is the definitive guide to pizza in the most pizza-centric city on the planet. For a complete understanding of how the current pizza landscape in NYC came to be, Pizza City is a must-read."
Library Journal
Journalist Genovese (feature writer, The Star-Ledger; Jersey Diners) has written a comprehensive guide to pizza in the Big Apple. A brief history of pizza and pizzerias in New York City is followed by interviews with some of the city’s most interesting and, sometimes famous, names in pizza. There is even a section on pizza blogs! The bulk and most important part of the book is its reviews. With pizzerias arranged by borough and then alphabetically, New Yorkers can see how their favorite pizza joint stacks up and where to find a nearby slice. The reviews are honest, and not all are glowing. Factoids and interesting photos from many of the featured restaurants round out this volume.

Verdict A nonfussy, fun guide for New Yorkers and tourists alike who are urists alike who are urists alike who are urists alike who are urists alike who are urists alike who are urists alike who are urists alike who are urists alike who are urists alike who are urists alike who are s he thinks he is, either. This title is uneven, leaving the reader torn among vivid images, nicely observed scenes, and the author’s frustrating passivity.

Verdict Fascinating in sections, flawed in others. This book is recommended for libraries where offbeat and unconventional memoirs are popular.—Peter Hepburn, Coll. of the Canyons Lib., Santa Clarita, CA
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813558684
  • Publisher: Rivergate Books
  • Publication date: 5/13/2013
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 943,513
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER GENOVESE is a feature writer at The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey). He is the author of ten books, including Jersey Diners, Roadside New Jersey, The Great American Road Trip: U.S. 1, Maine to Florida, and The Jersey Shore Uncovered: A Revealing Season at the Beach (all Rutgers University Press).

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Introduction

Pizza People
Pizza Conquers the World
Totonno’s
The Founder of Slice
Wait for the Rainbow It Will Decorate the Sky
Paulie Gee
Don’t Mess with Ray’s or Famous Ray’s or . . .
The Oldest Italian Cheese Store in the Country
Joe’s on Carmine
Miki
The Magic Pizza Bus
John’s on Bleecker
Best Move I Ever Make
Denino’s
He Dreams of Pizza
Tripping in Bushwick
Going Mobile
Lombardi’s
The Pizza Self-Sufficiency Center
It’s Italian for Scooter
No Pizza Box Is Safe
World’s Greatest Pizza Comedian
John’s of Elmhurst
The Greatest Thing Since . . .
The Pizza Net

Pizza Reviews
The Bronx
Brooklyn
Manhattan
Queens
Staten Island

Index

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