The Village Voice Choice Eats is always one of the most anticipated food events in New York City each year. And although there is normally not pizza served there (as participating restaurants don’t have access to kitchens… or pizza ovens!) there is always some good representation from pizzerias.
Pete Zaaz (766 Classon Ave) featured their twice baked potato skins which they described as baked potato pizza inside of an egg roll. I haven’t made it out to their spot in Bed-Stuy yet, but you can be sure I’ll be trying their actual potato pizza featuring creme fraiche, white cheddar, and applewood smoked bacon.
One of the most delicious things I ate all night was from the folks from Rubirosa (235 Mulberry Street) — a Italian restaurant in Nolita which is know both for their pizzas and pasta. They were serving a “Braciole” tortelli containing roasted garlic and herb croutons. At the restaurant itself, they serve Grandma’s Braciole as an appetizer ($12) which features braised beef, garlic bread, and tomato. If it’s even half as good as the version they served at Choice Eats, it’s a winner in my book.
The 7th annual event featured nearly 100 vendors from around the city and drew thousands of hungry New Yorkers who worked their way from booth to booth — trying to strategize how to eat as much food as possible.