Those who know me well are almost
painfully aware of my passion for pizza. I created @nycpizzagram on
Instagram for fun back in the spring of 2013, before “foodie” accounts had
really taken off. A semester spent in Florence, Italy a couple of years
prior introduced me to my now-favorite style, Neapolitan pizza, and so began my
quest to find the best in New York (and beyond) as soon as I touched down at
I didn’t tell anyone about @nycpizzagram right away, and I slowly began documenting pie after pie with a slew of hashtags – creating a “virtual diary” of sorts, primarily for my eyes and my reference only. After a few months of periodically posting, I noticed I’d accumulated about 300 followers with essentially zero effort. Encouraged by this, I increased the hashtags and the frequency of uploads, and here I am three years later with 13,000 pizza-loving followers. To me, 13,000 is a rather humble number – intimate, even – when considered in the grand scheme of bloggers out there, but I’m pretty excited about impending growth.
A glimpse into the reason my pants are too tight. #worthit
Thus far, I’ve been offered free pizza from a handful of spots across the city, which is not the objective but is a very, very welcome perk. In meeting these chefs and restaurant owners, I’ve formed friendships with a whole bunch of #pizzapeeps, and I am eager to continue expanding this network. Eduardo Duran, the super friendly executive chef at Adoro Lei, always has my back when I’m craving a classic margherita during a long night at the office.
Mouth-watering margherita take-out from Adoro Lei: 287 Hudson Street, New York, NY.
I’ve hosted multiple birthday gatherings at Emily, a favorite Clinton Hill spot I like to pretend is my namesake, but was actually established by Matt & Emily Hyland (#couplegoals). “The Emily” pie is a crispy white pie with pistachios, honey, truffle sottocenere cheese and mozzarella that is not to be missed, whether you live in Brooklyn or in Brazil. #droolworthy #pizzaporn #gimmedat
“The Emily” up-close during my first time dining at Emily, shortly after their opening in early 2014: 919 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY.
Some of my Emily birthday brunch crew in November 2014 – we pretty much took over the place! #20pies
Sidebar: this is what the bulk of my birthday presents looked like that year – the t-shirt and hat are from Emily, I just love their logo. Yes, that is a pizza necklace!! #swag
Another prominent #pizzapal is Scott Weiner, the founder of wildly-popular Scott’s Pizza Tours and Slice Out Hunger. I volunteer for the latter, which is an awesome nonprofit that supports hunger relief initiatives across the country. SOH hosts an annual “dollar slice pizza party” in October, where 50+ iconic pizzerias across all five boroughs congregate in SoHo to raise money for the Food Bank for NYC. From Di Fara to Tony Boloney’s, everyone who’s “anyone” in the pizza world is present – and all of their slices are available for just $1 apiece. This event draws over 1,000 attendees, who each receive a compostable pizza box to fill up upon entry. Collectively, the crowd raised $40,000 in 2015. I look forward to this night each year the way children anticipate Christmas!! Let’s make it $50,000 on October 5th, 2016!!!
I am very proud of my pizza box from Slice Out Hunger 2012 (the first year I attended before joining the volunteer squad). $20 for 20 slices!
This is a photo of me and my cousin Tony at Pugsley’s during my first time on a Scott’s Pizza Tour in January 2013. Being a pizza fiend is clearly genetic, and a visit from Tony always results in an epic #pizzacrawl. Pugsley Pizza makes a great, classic NY-style slice, BTW: 590 E 191st Bronx, NY.
During Tony’s April 2015 trip to NYC, we journeyed to Staten Island for Pizzeria Giove (again, unfortunately not my namesake), where we met the brothers who started it all! We MUST be distantly related somehow. #familyreunion
For your records: Pizzeria Giove: 278 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, NY.
After extensive “research,” some other spots I really enjoy across the city include: L&B Spumoni Gardens and their “upside-down” Sicilian slice, Best Pizza and their white slice with caramelized onions and a sesame-seed crust, Adrienne’s Pizza Bar and their red “old-fashioned” pie, the recently-opened Pasquale Jones and their clam pizza, and last but not least, Keste and any pie on their menu.
L&B Spumoni Gardens: 2725 86th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Best Pizza: 33 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn, NY
Adrienne’s Pizzabar: 54 Stone Street, New York, NY
Pasquale Jones: 187 Mulberry Street, New York, NY
Kesté Pizza & Vino: 271 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
And I’ll conclude with some additional pizza randomness…
That’s me and my friend Julie at the 2014 NYC Pizza Run in Tompkins Square Park (coming up again on September 17th, 2016). We opted out of the “run” part and volunteered instead, can’t you tell we’re busy helping? #fitness
Forget the Met, the Marlborough Gallery was home to the finest art NYC has to offer back in the fall of 2013. Here’s a collage of some favs. #morepizzalesspicasso
Another collage, created after I snuck out of my office in September 2013 for a front-row seat at the annual pizza-eating contest during the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy. #girlpower #inspiring
Follow future pizza endeavors: @nycpizzagram!!!!!
Use #nycpizzagram to tag your best slices. Can't wait to see them!