Browsing by Category: New York City

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Parla Food turns five years old this month. Crazy, right? She looks older. I blame all the cocktails and carbonara. With each passing year, wading though posts and categories devoted to various cities has become increasingly cumbersome. So to make things easier for you, fair reader, I have launched a series of City Guides. (more…)

di-fara-pizza-brooklyn
That yellow can of Filippo Berio olive oil is a giant red flag. Run away.

I grew up in central New Jersey eating greasy pizza made by Italians who were either too lazy to source decent cheese, too greedy to splurge on the good stuff, or too confident their clients couldn’t tell the difference. Plenty didn’t have the culture to know any better. I know oily industrial cheese and second press olive oil when I taste it and I am neither willing nor able to overlook Di Fara’s liberal use of both. The ingredients, and consequently, the pizza, at the uber-famous Di Fara in the Midwood section of Brooklyn suck. I explain why on Food Republic.

bonci union square

When team Bonci descended on NYC last month, anyone could have predicted the pizza carnage it would leave in its wake. I count myself as one of the casualties, so full from eating pizza I may consider taking a day off. Maybe. After a full week of pizza research, pizza events, pizza parties and pizza workshops, it’s fair to say that we made the most of a short time in NYC. (more…)

The Speakeasy
Photo credit: Elisia Menduni

Yesterday I was a guest on Heritage Radio Network’s “The Speakeasy”. I had a blast talking to host Damon Boelte about Rome’s and Istanbul’s cocktails scenes, as well as the importance of spirits publications like the soon-to-launch online magazine Punch. You can listen to the full broadcast here. HRN’s (more…)

Bonci

Are you ready New York City?! Gabriele Bonci aka “the Michelangelo of pizza”, renowned baker and founder/owner of Rome’s Pizzarium and Panificio Bonci will touch down on US soil later today. His 7-day whirlwind trip will (more…)