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Pizza Crawl

Now, this journal entry is mostly intended for readers from Connecticut. If you're not from Connecticut, there's probably not going to be a lot here to interest you, so go and talk amongst yourselves.

A few posts back, I wondered whether or not I had any fans in New Haven. Turns out I do. Some of them spoke up in replies to that LJ entry, and others sent me email. Here's why I asked --

Next month Parris and I will be making our annual visit to Boston for Boskone (a great convention, I urge you all to attend). After the con, we'll be making our annual post-Boskone visit to New York City. We usually take the train down from Boston to NYC's Penn Station (soon to be renamed Moynihan Station, I hope, in honor of Parris's Uncle Pat), and that's what we plan to do this year... but this year, we're planning on getting off at New Haven on the way, to try out the pizza.

Some of you may have read my "What I'm Reading" page, and may remember my 2005 review of Ed Levine's book about pizza, A SLICE OF HEAVEN. If so, you'll know that I am a huge fan of classic NYC style thin crust pizza pie ("real pizza," I call it, and don't talk to me about that Chicago deep-dish tomato and bread casserole thing). Well, Levine's book claims that the best pizza in the world comes from New Haven. Since that time, I've also seen a special on the Food Channel that makes the same claim. Two specific places are mentioned -- Frank Pepe's and Sally's.

OK. Out here in New Mexico, I live thousands of miles from great pizza (some of the local pies are adequate, but that's all, and they don't even call 'em "pies," which is a dead clue that the pizza is going to be second rate). I can't stand the thought of riding right past what may be the best pizza places in the world without trying. Ergo...

You've all heard of pub crawls. Well, I'm up for a pizza crawl. I want to try BOTH of these famous pizza places, and see how their pie stacks up. And maybe some place called Modern too. I see from my webcrawling that there are some New Havenites who rate that one even higher than Sally's and Frank Pepe's.

So here's the plan. Parris and I leave leave Boston by train on Tuesday, February 20. It will only take us a few hours to New Haven. We'll check into a hotel, stay overnight, and check out a few slices before departing again for NYC on Wednesday, February 21.

If any of my Connecticut readers want to join us for a slice or three... hey, the more the merrier, I always say. Some local guides would be most welcome... and who knows? If the pizza is as good as advertised, I might even be convinced to make a few knights...

So speak up, New Haven! Who's game for a pizza crawl?


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Jan. 16th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
New Haven Pizza
Pizza Night sounds awesome...I would just warn you to be ready for a wait at both places...it can be quite a while! I am certainly looking forward to it!

New Haven, CT
Jan. 17th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
Re: New Haven Pizza
A wait, eh? No way to make reservations, I assume?

We might have quite a party. Do these places have private rooms upstairs or in the back on anything like that?

Do any of the local New Havenites (New Haveners) know what days and times they're open?
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Jan. 17th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)
Even though I grew up in Chicago, and am partial to the 12 pound monstrosity that oozes butter and smells like a polish meat smoker that we call "deep dish"...i can respect your preference for New York Pizza...as long as you claim Chicago dominance in the Hot Dog department.

-Dave from Chicago
Jan. 17th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC)
hot dogs
I don't know... the classic NYC hot dog is pretty damn good too, especially those from Papaya King on the east side, Grey's Papaya on the west side, and the original Nathan's on Coney Island. (The Times Square Nathan's was good as well, but they tore it down when they Disneyified the Deuce, the bastards. The franchise Nathan's are not worthy of being mentioned in this conversation). And the dirty water dogs one gets on the street are pretty tasty as well.

As for Chicago dogs... well, the radioactive green relish frightens me. Why does it glow like that?

But seriously, Chicago has great food. Greektown, as I've said before. And those Italian beef sandwiches you dip in the juice...

However, I can't forgive them for letting Berghoff's close.
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Jan. 17th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
Let us know whenever your in Austin, Tx! :D
Jan. 17th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
If you're ever in Vancouver, BC, be sure to try out Amadeus Pizza near Granville Island. It's the absolute thinnest crust I've ever encountered and they don't skimp on the toppings!
I still can't get over how many comments you get on this LJ! I only got one the time I posted your picture from London... :o)
Jan. 17th, 2007 05:38 am (UTC)
No great pies in New Mexico? How can this be...

...which is actually very true. I wish you the best of luck in your pie-crawl (the sure sign that a pie-crawl won't be satisfying is when you refer to it as a pizza-crawl), and hope that all those great pies will inspire you to marathon into completion a certain full-length epic certain-to-be-a-bestseller (I'm sure because I'm buying it) novel.
Jan. 17th, 2007 07:49 am (UTC)
Thank you George.
I just read the news that HBO and David Benioff are bringing your wonderful world to the screen and I couldn't be happier. I don't think the annoucement of any project has made me more giddy and just plain excited since, well, since never. Congrats George. I'm sure this will be a series to remember.
Jan. 17th, 2007 10:03 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you George.
I also just read this news. Nice work keeping this under your hat George.

Its a perfect plan. Dinkage for Tyrion!!!
Jan. 17th, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC)
I love pizza too. The best pizza I ever had was at Lombardi's in Little Italy, NYC.
Jan. 17th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
Big congratz on being picked up by HBO.

This is HUGE!!!
Jan. 17th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
HBO Series Announced?!

If you could get whiplash by being surprised about an article in the trades, I’d be wearing a neck brace right now. That’s how shocked I was to learn that HBO has acquired George RR Martin’s fantasy novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire, for a TV series – one that will be executive produced and written by David Benioff, one of my favorite modern writers.


HBO has acquired the rights to turn George R.R. Martin's bestselling fantasy series "A Song of Fire and Ice" into a dramatic series to be written and exec produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

GRRM, please tell me you'll be working with the screenplay in some way whatsoever... that's the only way I can trust it to be as epic as it truly needs be!
Also, I am extremely excited. XD
Jan. 17th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry (since this doesn't relate to the pizza crawl), but to say the least, my curiousity at reading an article related to you overwhelmed my sense of propriety.

This was brought up on a forum that I regularly visit, and I was just hoping that (In a port or reply) you could shed some light on it? Information would be -greatly- appreciated for your adoringly loyal fans.

HBO is turning George R.R. Martin’s series of “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy novels into a TV series. The plan is to adapt one novel each season, starting with 1996’s “A Game of Thrones.”

Writing the HBO version are Martin himself (who previously wrote on CBS' "Beauty and the Beast") and feature writers David Benioff (“The 25th Hour,” “Troy”) and D.B. Weiss (who authored a screenplay for the proposed “Halo” movie).

These are apparently very long and violent grown-up fantasy novels, with thousands of characters – the major ones quite flawed and complex - and lots of sex, violence and political intrigue.

Learn more of what HBO is up to here .
Jan. 17th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
I like pizza ;)

Jan. 17th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
HBO? Snap.

No doubt it will be cancelled, but one season would still melt my face.
Jan. 17th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
New Haven Pizza
I live in New Haven and I must say that the critics are rigth - the pizza here is delicious!!! I could eat it every day! I can't wait for you to try it. Enjoy!
Jan. 17th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
I'm down!
I love your books (I've listened to them multiple times on my long commute to Stamford and I think Roy Dotrice does a great job) and I love good pizza.

Count me in!
Jan. 17th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
I'm in New Haven, and game for some crawling pizza.
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