Two Boots Pizza Restaurant - W 11th Street in New York City
The day after I went to Artichoke’s in NYC, I happened to be going back to see Modern Life is War at the Bowery Ballroom with Calzone Vinnie from Long Island. Just like Artichoke’s, I’ve known about Two Boots for a long time, but never ended up going there. Once again, we walked right by one of their eight locations in the city and decided to stop in.
First off, I gotta say, I was really impressed by Two Boots’ options. Practically every slice had some kind of crazy, unique topping that I hadn’t heard of before. There are too many to list, but they conveniently have a list on their website if you’re curious. Being such a huge Seinfeld fan, I went for the Newman. While Vinnie may also be a big Seinfeld fan, he is vegan so his options were severely limited in comparison to 2, so he got a V for Vegan slice.
The Newman was a white slice topped with sopressata and sweet Italian sausage, two toppings I don’t think I’ve ever had on a slice of pizza. It’s kind of hard to explain what it tasted like, but it was really good. The meat had that great flavor that cured meat has and it made every bite burst with flavor. The sopressata is what really made it for me personally as it just had an incredible taste to it that really stuck out in a great way. Consistency-wise, I would compare this slice to putting scrambled/fried eggs on a pizza. This might sound really weird and unappetizing, but it was really cool and kept the slice interesting. I did not get sick of it at all. The crust was also excellent. It was crisp and firm but also very soft and was covered in bread crumbs. Overall a top notch slice of pizza.
The V for Vegan on the other hand featured daiya cheese, artichokes, shitakes, red onions, and both basil and red pepper pesto on top. While vegan pizza isn’t really my thing, I could tell it was a great choice for someone who is into it. I asked Vinnie for some feedback on his slice but he’s a dope and all he could give me was that it was “solid”. I tried a bite myself and feel like it would be great for sure, but it wasn’t really my style. Definitely recommended for all our vegan and vegetarian pizza fanatics out there though!
I was really impressed by Two Boots. The pizza was excellent and they had an outstanding, unique variety. Definitely a little pricey at $4 a slice, but I am still looking forward to my next trip there. I noticed online that they have other locations around the country including Jersey City, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Nashville, Bridgeport, and the Hudson Valley. If anyone has been to any of these please comment and share your thoughts on if their pizza matches up! Highly recommended, definitely the best Manhattan pizzeria I have experience so far. Plus they are open ‘til at least midnight every day of the week so how can you go wrong?
11:00 pm • 20 September 2014 • 5 notes
Some pies I had at work the other day. Pepperoni, BBQ Fried Chicken, BBQ Grilled Chicken and Tomato, and Plain. Not bad, but I’m sure the pix speak for themselves…..
10:00 pm • 18 September 2014 • 63 notes
Mr. Bruno’s Pizza and Beyond - Bloomfield Ave. in Verona, NJ
I went back to Mr. Bruno’s in Verona to sample some more slices (and Clementina San Pelligrino), but was very underwhelmed by my second stop. I chose a BBQ sicilian slice, which just didn’t work as a sicilian. The doughiness and the overpowering BBQ sauce just didn’t mix well. The buffalo chicken was a let down too, with too much hot sauce and bleu cheese and kinda weak chicken. A real bummer. It just doesn’t match up to the Lyndhurst one and is starting to make me rethink my previous score of 6/6! Stay tuned for my third trip to justify….
10:00 pm • 17 September 2014 • 22 notes
Bunny’s Sports Bar - South Orange, NJ
Mike Q. sent me this picture of a pie he got at Bunny’s recently. I’ve never been myself, but it looks good so I may have to make a stop sooner rather than later! Anyone in??
10:00 pm • 16 September 2014 • 41 notes
Sam’s Pizza Palace - Boardwalk in North Wildwood
I’ve reviewed Sam’s before and was tempted to stop here again to see if things had changed for the better, but I chose to stick to my guns and steer clear. I’ve tried this spot twice and have been severely disappointed each time. Maybe next summer, but don’t count on it.
10:00 pm • 15 September 2014 • 7 notes
Artichoke Basile’s Pizzeria & Brewery - E 14th Street in New York City
I’ve been meaning to check out Artichoke for a few years at this point. I’ve had it recommended to me by several people and just never found my way to any of their four locations around Manhattan. I was in NYC with quite the crew (Sean, Sarah, Borga, and Cheryl) and we just happened to be passing by Artichoke’s on our way to a bar downtown, so of course I made them stop with me!
We got to Artichoke’s around midnight and there was a line to the door. Now the door wasn’t very far from the counter, but still. We were also all shocked at the steep, almost $5 price tag for all of the slices, but this was quelled after we saw how gargantuan the slices were. Even their sicilians were huge, seeing as they just cut the pies straight across and not up the middle. The picture doesn’t really do them justice, but one slice was easily as filling as two regular slices of pizza. We lucked out and got some fresh slices right out of the oven and took them outside to eat. It was cramped inside with only a couple tables that were all taken, so it’s definitely more of a grab & go place, which is exactly what we did.
Sean and I both got the artichoke slice, which is what this place is known for. We agreed that it tasted kind of like a quiche. Very rich, hearty, and creamy. Definitely an interesting take on pizza that was pretty cool, but it was incredibly heavy. I ended up giving the last few bites of my slice to Sarah because I just didn’t want to force it down. Not the kind of place to go if you want a slice for a snack to hold you over ‘til dinner or something. We agreed that it was a cool slice, but we wouldn’t want to eat it all the time because we’d get sick of it real quick. The crust also sucked. It was super hard and not very tasty so we just threw it out. Shocking, I know, but sometimes you just have to.
Sarah got a margherita slice which she seemed to really enjoy. She said it was really saucy but that the sauce was good so it wasn’t a problem, though it could have used a little more cheese. The crust was also super thin, but once again this wasn’t really a bad thing. Sean and I both sampled it as well and, though margherita isn’t really my thing, we both thought it was good. While Artichoke’s didn’t really live up to the hype I was expecting, it was still worth checking out at least once. I’m not going out of my way to go back, but if I’m ever walking by I will definitely check out one of their other slices.
10:00 pm • 14 September 2014 • 16 notes
Panico’s Brick Oven Pizza - Church Street in New Brunswick, NJ
polaroids had a gig at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick last month. While we were waiting to play, I convinced the guys to walk down the street with me to Panico’s to check out what New Brunswick had to offer in regards to the pizza game. I usually end up getting a fat sandwich every time I’m in the area, so my New Brunswick pizza game is lacking. Well today was the day I made sure to change that!
Of all the slices out on the counter, Panico’s buffalo chicken caught my eye. Just look at it! Loaded with chicken and a nice, not too overbearing amount of hot sauce, this slice was definitely the must-have of the night. I’m a fan of super thin brick oven pizza for sure, but it ended up being one of this slice’s downfalls. As I’m sure you can see, the slices were super wide to compensate for their thinness. As a result, it was near impossible to pick it up off my plate without the toppings falling off and going everywhere. I had to slide it off the edge of my plate bit by bit, but this was a small concession to pay for such a great slice. If there’s a place you might want to bust out a fork and knife for your pizza, this is it.
Neither Mike (who got the margherita) or Chris (who got the plain) seemed to enjoy their slices nearly as much as myself. They both felt like it had been sitting out all day so that when they were reheated they kind of tasted like dry frozen pizza. Hopefully these slices were just off though, especially since we wandered in so close to closing time at 10pm. I loved my slice and definitely want to make a return trip, especially considering specialties were pretty affordable at $3! I’ve only reviewed one other pizzeria in New Brunz, but if this is any indicator of what the area has to offer I look forward to my next trip! Literally down the street from Court Tavern, this is the spot to go if you’re there for a show!
P.S. Matt got McDonald’s instead of pizza………..
11:00 pm • 13 September 2014 • 13 notes
Mr. Bruno’s Pizza and Beyond - Bloomfield Ave in Verona, NJ
So Paul and I have reviewed two other spots using the Bruno’s moniker in Northern New Jersey and each was a completely different animal. I read about this Bruno’s in the same Munchmobile article that recommended KRUSTco, so I was eager to try it. So me and the boys (Sean and Mike D.) took the drive to check it out!
While the above mentioned article said this Bruno’s was owned by the same game who owned the Lyndhurst one (which is one of my favorite pizza joints in NJ), I could tell from the selection that this Bruno’s would once again be different. However, I was still extremely excited after I saw their selection. They had a slew of unique and unorthodox toppings including, mac & cheese, chicken fingers and french fries, nutella (all 3 of which I got), and several awesome looking sicilian slices, including (you guessed it) chicken vodka parm. It was a little overwhelming since everything looked so good, but after I made the tough decision I paid up ($3.25 each) and sat waiting to sink my teeth into some delicious slices!
I opened with the chicken fingers and fries, which ended up being a little disappointing. While it was laden with ample toppings as well as both honey mustard and barbecue sauce, it just didn’t mesh as well as I thought it would. The fries made it a little too heavy and dry and there was a loooot of sauce. I feel like I’m being kind of picky though, and think that some other people would potentially disagree with me entirely. I guess that’s up to you to decide! Regardless, a great attempt that I didn’t mind eating at all.
From here I went on to the mac & cheese slice, which was incredible. It had the perfect amount of cheese and pasta on top and tasted pretty much exactly how you would expect! It was incredibly filling though, so don’t go for it unless you’re pretty hungry. I unfortunately was not so I ended up taking about half of it home, but it did rewarm okay. Good crust as well. A really impressive, highly recommended slice. Definitely wish I had hot sauce with me at the time, because I can only imagine how great it would’ve tasted as a topping.
As I’m sure you can tell, my boys sampled some other slices, most of which I got a nibble of. Sean went for the plain, which was very solid. Good amount of sauce to cheese and they blended very well together. Mike got a margherita and a mushroom. While I passed on the mushroom, I did sample the margherita which was great. I love when places put those big globs of tomato sauce on when the sauce is legit, and this sauce was definitely on the legit side.
Last but not least, I HAD to sample the nutella dessert pizza. I mean, how often do you really get to eat pizza for dessert?! It was pretty much exactly what you’d expect, warm nutella on pizza crust. I did enjoy it though, especially since I brought most of it home to down with a glass of milk. Not quite as great as I thought it would be, but still a very nice way to end a meal.
This trip ended up being another great Bruno’s experience. With some fresh, delicious takes on pizza, I feel like it’s necessary to check out Bruno’s if you live in the area. Plus it’s right down the road from Montclair State University and if you go there you can use Red Hawks Dollars to buy pizza! Now how can you go wrong there?!
11:00 pm • 12 September 2014 • 20 notes
Little Nicky’s Pizza - E 17th on the Boardwalk in North Wildwood, NJ
My final stop on my pizza adventure in Wildwood was one of the highest rated pizzerias on the island. Or so the internet said. However, just as things were starting to look up after my slice at Sorrento II, Little Nicky’s came through and flushed it all down the toilet.
While an absolute steal for the boardwalk ($2 for a plain), this slice was not worth the money I saved. I really did not enjoy the sauce at all and it kind of just gave the entire slice a bad vibe. I was able to finish it, but I didn’t enjoy it very much at all. The crust wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t nearly enough to save this one. And seeing as it’s at the northern tip of the boardwalk, there’s no reason for you to walk this far out of your way for a mediocre slice of pizza. Don’t waste your time!
10:00 pm • 10 September 2014 • 21 notes
Sorrento II Pizzeria & Restaurant - E 25th ave on the Boardwalk in North Wildwood, NJ
After my disappointment at Munchie’s, I decided to head towards the boardwalk to test my luck there. I happened to stumble upon Sorrento II right away and had actually already read it was one of the better pizzerias on the island. They had a pretty cool looking selection of unique specialty slices, but I settled on the buffalo chicken because it looked bangin’! However, when the counter guy said it was $4.65, it upped my expectations pretty high. That’s HEFTY for a single slice, and I wouldn’t really say it lived up to the price tag.
While they threw a lot of chicken on top and made it sizable, the ratios on this slice just wasn’t quite there. The hot sauce was a little overbearing and I’m pretty sure there wasn’t any bleu cheese or ranch to be found. The crust itself was too thin for this type of slice too, as pieces of chicken kept falling off everywhere and the sauce dripped all over the place too. The crust itself was great though, very fluffy and tasty. Not really worth it for the price, but still better than a lot of the competition in the area. I’m intrigued to try some other of their specialty slices, but for the selling point I am a little hesitant to make too many return visits.
10:00 pm • 9 September 2014 • 15 notes