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A Pizza War In Queens

New York City is no stranger to pizza wars. While we can save the details of every spat for another time (i.e. Grimaldi’s versus Juliana’s, price wars over the $1 slice, and the fight for the use of the Ray’s and Joe’s names), it’s worth noting that battle of epic pizza proportions recently took place in Queens. While the details may evolve over time, here are the basics: It all centered around a man named Andrew Bellucci, who has worked ...

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The 5 Best Pizzas I Ate In 2022

Another year. Another roundup of some of the best pies I ate. From ramps and pumpkin to crispy chicken cutlets, no topping was left uneaten this past year. Four of my top five pies were consumed in the Greater New York area, with a guest appearance from out West. Let’s count ’em down! 5) MUSHROOM PIZZA Folks Pizzeria Costa Mesa, CA In a shopping & dining complex about one hour south of Los Angeles — a few miles from the ...

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Farm Pizza @ A Brewery Outside Of Austin

Everything is bigger in Texas. Including its breweries. And Jester King Brewery (13187 Fitzhugh Rd) is no exception. The craft beer haven is situated on 165 acres of farmland about 30 minutes outside of Austin. There are playgrounds for the kids, multiple seating areas — in a barn and out in the fields — and an events calendar that rivals that of a small town (on the evening I was there, so many revelers were playing “Drag Bingo” that they ...

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The 12th Annual NYC Pizza Run

This past weekend, I hosted the 12th annual NYC Pizza Run. The pies were provided by Table 87 and our first place finisher set a new course record: 18:17. For those calculating, that’s approximately a 5 minute mile + 90 seconds per slice. Impressive! Below are some of my favorite pics from the festivities. For a compilation of photos from the past 12 years, click here. You can also find past IDOP recaps of the NYC Pizza Run here.

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A “Hidden” Pizza Place In The Hudson Valley

During a recent trip to the Hudson Valley, I decided to go for a bike ride along the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail from New Paltz, NY to Kingston, NY. That leg of the trail — which is about 13 miles in total — crosses gushing rivers and weaves through lush forests. But around the halfway point — seemingly out of nowhere — I came across a pizza place. It’s called Rail Trail Cafe. It’s part of Larsen Family’s Stone Mountain ...

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