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Our annual winter trip to Boskone and New York City is coming steadily closer, and with it the soon-to-be-infamous pizza crawl in New Haven. Time to get organized.

My last post about this (two down, under the HBO news) drew a lot of comments. Others responded by private email. Sounds as though lots of folks want to be a part of our crawl, and try the famous slices of New Haven.

How many, though? I'm not sure. Some of those responding were interested but indefinite. Others said, "I'm in," but they were posting anonymously, so I have no idea WHO is "in." Others used their Live Journal handles and avatars... which is better than Anonymous, but in many cases I still don't know who you are. Please, guys and gals, use your names, at least for this. Otherwise we may end up with twenty people standing outside of Pepe's waiting for Billy the Mountain, none of them realizing that Billy the Mountain is really that quiet guy called Fred who turned up twenty minutes ago.

We do need to get a better notion of whether there are going to be ten of us, twenty, fifty, or a hundred (too many, I fear, and we may have logistical problems).

We could also use a volunteer on location in New Haven to help coordinate all this, someone to double check that all the pizza places are open, make reservations where reservations are accepted, and generally get our ducks in a row.

So let's make it official now. Who's in? Not maybe, or I'd love to, or I'd-be-in-except-I-live-in-Istanbul, but definitely going-to-be-there-on-February-20 in. And is there anyone there local who can take charge of organizing some of this?

I'll start. Parris and I are in. That's 2.

Oh, and please... only pizza crawl comments on this thread. If you want to talk about the HBO deal, go down to my previous post and comment there. I want this particular discussion to stay focused, thank you very much.


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Jan. 26th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
Am I first???
Wow I think I'm the first post. What an honor! I've never been first. I'm not going but I wanted to be first...

However I live in Chicago and I have a hard time believing that pizza in New Haven could be better than the pizza capital of the world... (lol) I'm sure it's good, but it's not Chicago good. If you're ever in town, you need to try the Art of Pizza on Ashland Ave.

Have a great time!
Jan. 26th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
Re: Am I first???
I wasn't first by 6 minutes... continuing my streak of never being first...
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Jan. 26th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
I shan't be in New Haven, but if you are going to be in NYC, I throw out this recommendation (though it's in Brooklyn, but it beats any pie I've ever had in Manhattan).

La Sorrentina (pizza and Italian restaurant next door).
6524 11th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11219
Jan. 26th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
Even third is cool with me

You and Parris are in, but which Pizza places are you officially crawling to? There were so many mentioned through your post and the billions of comments. I am thinking you are doing Pepe's and Sally's and Modern Pizza and even a few others were mentioned, but I am thinking these are the primary three... Would that be accurate? If so, what are the times you will be available?


Feb. 9th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Even third is cool with me
Well, this is a pizza crawl, so ideally we want to sample the pizza at several different places... a minimum of three, I'd say... maybe four, if we can work out the logistics.

The four contenders that have been mentioned the most in the recommendations are Sally's, Frank Pepe's, Modern, and BAR.

Now we need to figure out when and how.

More on that below.
Jan. 26th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
This sounds like fun. I'm a little under an hour away, so the only thing stopping me will be getting child care lined up. Look forward to meeting you at Boskone, too.

Lon Prater
Jan. 26th, 2007 02:22 am (UTC)

Please clarify, date and time. I remember "Wednesday" was mentioned, but no specific time? If during the day, I'd have to work, but dinner I wouldn't. I'd need these sorts of details to confirm. Thanks!
Jan. 29th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
The 20th... if you read the post it says that. :) Times will more than likely be clarified (i assume) when we're closer to the date of and we have some sort of person coordinating.
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Jan. 26th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
I'm a definite to go. Waterdancer (from Ran's board). I'm missing Boskone, so I don't want to miss this. For sure.

I often travel through the area so I can talk to the owners and see if we can get some preferential treatement for a celebrity and get a decent group of tables. But I can't do that until we know how many are going to be there. To increase the odds of the pizza shop owners paying attention (and to get a little more attention for your books), I could contact the New Haven Register (the local newspaper) and maybe they could do a piece on the famous, best-selling author in town for a pizza judging.

By the way, I have no opinion on which pizza is better. I'm lactose intolerant, but will come for the company.

I sent a PM to Parris, so she can always PM me from Ran's board.
Jan. 26th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
You should come out to California and do a Taco crawl. I admit we can't compete on the pizza level, but no one does Mexican food like we do it out west

Just a suggestion from a jealous reader who's too far away to make it and would probably have to work anyhow, knowing my boss =)
Jan. 26th, 2007 05:18 am (UTC)
Mexican food
Ah... well... y'see, I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Nobody does Mexican food that can compare to New Mexico's. At least not in the US. Maybe in Old Mexico.

Arizona's Sonoran style runs second, but a distant second.

Tex-Mex is even further behind.

California? Not even close.

Tacos are okay in their place, but we have chimichangas, carne adovada, sopapillas, red and green chile that will blow the top of your head off, breakfast burritos that will make you see god.

In fact, I almost never eat Mexican once I leave the borders of New Mexico. Nothing else compares.
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Jan. 26th, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
A Slice of Haven eh?
Mr. Martin (George?),

I'm a bit of a techno-tard, so I don't have an online avatar, but I couldn't let this post slip by. I live in Boston with a couple of guys who grew up in Connecticut, and here's their take on New Haven Pizza:

1)It's fine, damn fine, and worth the wait, which is good because

2)There will be one. Sally's, Pepe's and Moderno's are all small, hole-in-the wall joints, and the locals have preference. Regarding reservations: when President Clinton was in office, he wanted to eat at Sally's and the Secret Service called to book the place. Sally's said "no." Which is awesome, but means we're probably in for some line-time. If we can get ahold of someone who knows the management, great. Otherwise, the reservation is being on the sidewalk.

That said, it doesn't hurt to call, just in case. But I can think of things a lot worse than hanging for a while with you and the people who post on this blog. New Haven in February is kinda like the wrong side of the Wall, but if we bundle up it should be fine.

And yeah, with all this "we" talk, I'm in. Main problem is transportation. If anyones is driving either direction with a seat to spare, I'd throw in for the gas, and it would be a huge help.

New England Winter, sizzling Pizza, Ice and Fire. Look forward to more details.

Seth Daniels
6'1", Brown Hair/Eyes, 22 years (Hehe, no worries posting details online with a description like that)
Jan. 26th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
Re: A Slice of Haven eh?
Mr Seth Daniels, should we ever meet at a Con, I would like to buy you a beer for your praiseworthy ability to follow directions. :D
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Jan. 26th, 2007 06:57 am (UTC)
Absolutely Count Me In!
I too, have heard great things about the Pies in New Haven and would love to join your crawl! My name is Kat Stevens. (not the Cat Stevens shadow mooner who is also wanted by the FBI) although we may have that in common... The Crawl sounds like a phenomenal idea that shall go down in the history books and might even make the evening news! *sigh* looking forward to munching some pepperoni and people watching people around the infamous you. See you in CT-maybe NY too. on a separate pizza note there is John's pizza on bleeker that is Phenomenal! and Joe's on the corner of carmine and 6. my 2 personal fav's in the apple.
Jan. 27th, 2007 04:30 am (UTC)
Re: Absolutely Count Me In!
John's is great pizza so long as you have more than one person or are REALLY hungry as they only sell by the pie.

Joe's is good but I thought the place Joe's bought out & then closed down half way up the block towards 6th Ave was somewhat better. For the life of me I can't remember the name of it.
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Jan. 26th, 2007 10:38 am (UTC)
Hi George,

Maybe you could have a volunteer take a microphone and recording device along on the soon-to-be-famous pizza crawl and put the recording out over your podcast feed. I'm sure it would be great fun to listen to.
Jan. 26th, 2007 11:56 am (UTC)
I'll be there with the wife.

-Stego and Maureen
Jan. 26th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
I will definitely be there. The name's Peter.
Jan. 26th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
New Haven Pizza
Hello again. My fiance (Clint) and I live in West (Waste) Haven, and he works at Yale in New Haven. He said he'll see about reservations at Modern, as they've expanded recently, Pepes, and Sallys (for what it's worth) The only question being, what are the numbers and times? You're aiming for Feb 20th....afternoon, early evening, what?
Give us a time to start and we can see about organizing this insanity into a semi-sane gathering.

You and Paris = 2, plus we and a friend = 3 more, plus...how many people on this board have posted they'll be attending the Pie Crawl 2007?

~Dani and Clint
Feb. 9th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
reservations at Modern?
Calling about reservations would be an excellent idea.

The numbers... well, see below... but of course the numbers will keep changing, as people drop out and others pop in...

Just knowing whether reservations are possible and how many people Modern can accomodate would be a big help, and might determine whether or not they could be included on the crawl.
Jan. 26th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
I'm in
In the spirit of answering George's question, I'm definitely going-to-be-there-on-February-20 in. Arwyn
Jan. 26th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
im deffinitely in. a couple friends of mine have said they want to come too, but i cant make a deffinite on that, name's john, tall and skinny with dark brown hair and eyes. im 19 but i look 16. see you there!
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