Last week I took a quick trip to New York City, for 24 hours of pizza dreams come true! First on my to do list, swing by Sullivan Street Bakery to meet with Jim Lahey. Yes, you heard right-Jim Lahey, dough, bread, pizza guru! Last year, Mr. Lahey graciously granted me permission to share his sensational no-knead pizza dough recipe, with all of my Baking Steel customers. If you haven't tried it, it is a must! The simplicity is what makes this dough so amazing! And when you combine his dough recipe, with the Baking Steel, you will be making world class pizza at home-guaranteed!
Now let's get back to NY. So I went to visit Sullivan Street Bakery headquarters' in Hell's Kitchen, where Jim has catapulted to culinary fame not just for his bread, but for his Roman-style pizza, rustic Italian pastries and cookies and books. In the hour or so that I was there, customers flooded his counter, leaving happy with bags of goodies. I was thrilled to be in his "house." We had a great conversation. We chatted about pizza dough, the ins and out of his business, and some of his future plans. He invited me to join him that evening at Co., the pizza restaurant he opened in 2009. He squeezed me in at 5.30 pm. I arrived and was warmly welcomed to sit at the bar. About 15 minutes later, Jim took me out back to his kitchen where he made me his famous Ham and Peas Pizza. What a thrill to witness the master in action! We shared the pie, a glass of wine and some insightful pizza conversation. I am so grateful to Mr. Lahey for carving so much time out of his hectic schedule and making me feel like an old friend. Thank you, Jim. By the way, the pizza was out of this world!
As I mentioned earlier in the post, I was in for a full day/night of pizza fun so the next stop was Paulie G's at 8:00 pm. Joined by a motley crew of friends, Mark Bello and his wife Jenny, of Pizza a Casa fame, Scott from Scott's Pizza Tours, and Jeremy Shapiro from Stir The Pots, I embarked on my second dinner of the evening. Considering it was my first visit to Paulie's, Scott did the ordering which was basically two of every style of pizza on the menu! My hunger for great pizza had been satiated earlier, but hey there is always room for more, right?! One by one these amazing pizzas were delivered to our table. Paulie was in the house, and took very good care of us. Thank you Paulie!
After devouring at least one slice from every pie, sipping a few glasses of vino and enjoying more than a few laughs/pizza stories, I decided to head back to my hotel. In less than 24 hours, I had had enough pizza for a month. Cheers to creating some NYC pizza love and memories to last a lifetime!