Summer of Pizza 2013

Back in 2007, I began my Pizza Month tradition, eating a slice of pizza every day for the entire month of April.

In 2008 – the year I started this blog – I also ate pizza every day in April, but did so at a new pizzeria every day. In 2009, I did the same thing.

2010 was a big year in Pizza Month history. I ate nothing but pizza for an entire month. It was ridiculous, and harder than I imagined, but I pulled it off.

Since then, I’ve quietly continued my Pizza Month tradition every year. In 2011, I made a point to only get pizza from pizzerias that I had never previously visited before in my life. In 2012 I followed a similar plan as in 2008 and 2009. During those past two years, I have spent decidedly less energy writing on this blog about my pizza exploits though, opting instead to keep track of my pizza thoughts and activity on Daytum and Twitter.

This year, however, I decided I would try to mix things up a bit. So, instead of the traditional month of pizza eating, I’ve decided to eat a slice of pizza every single day for the entire summer season. The Summer of Pizza begins today and continues through September 21. That means a total of 93 days with at least one slice each day. I will also try to incorporate as much variety as I can, visiting new pizzerias and avoiding repeat visits. 93 days is a long time though, so I imagine I will end up with at least a handful of visits to the most convenient pizzerias.

I can’t promise that I’ll be posting about every slice on this blog, but please feel free to follow along on at @Pizza_Rules on Twitter, where I’ll be checking in regularly.

Kurt Cobain eating pizza

Kindergarten Obesity

Illustration by Kristian Hammerstad for Las Vegas Weekly

Pizza Prints

Instantly make your unappetizing pizza even less appetizing with Pizza Prints!

This one is my favorite:

(via Dean F.)

Pizza Slice Flying V guitar

Just had this idea for a Flying V pizza guitar after a conversation with Frank Chimero and had to make it a reality in Photoshop. Since a 3 minute Google search didn’t turn up anything similar in existence, I’m going to claim this concept as my own.

Guitar makers: let’s make the Nick Sherman Pro Model Pizza Slice Flying V a reality, please.

Best Pizza Review Ever

“It’s a little on the chewy side. But, I mean, I did microwave it.”

“So yeah, I recommend getting the … cheese things. They’re the Elia’s … Ellie … Eelia’s or whatever. So yeah, pretty good.”

Thanks to Meghan M. for the link.

Melvins covering Gimme Pizza

In other heavy metal pizza news, the Melvins did a live cover version of the classic Olsen Twins Gimme Pizza song:

I hope a studio version shows up on the next album. Thanks to Adam at Slice for pointing it out.

Pizza sign headbanger

Everything about this guy rules:

I love that the color has been worn off the parts of the sign where his air guitar riffage happens.

First month in a year of personal pizza stats

In the past month, I've eaten 93 slices of pizza – an average of 3 slices per day.

Having completed some kind of Pizza Month challenge in the month of April for the past few years, I’ve always considered how I would approach the concept of a Pizza Year. Now, with the help of some new technology, I’m starting a project which might qualify for such a title.

At the end of last year, my friend Nicholas Felton released an iPhone app for his personal data collection website, Daytum. When I found out about it, I decided it was a good excuse to start collecting my personal pizza stats. I don’t think I’ll get as crazy as Nicholas does with his Feltron personal annual reports, but after the first month I’ve decided to stick with it, hopefully until at least the end of 2011.

In order to ensure I actually keep up with my data collection, I wanted to keep the process as simple as possible. Daytum is good in this sense, since it imposes a relatively stripped down approach to everything. As such, my pizza consumption will be measured in units of slices. While the most accurate approach would probably be based on weight, I’m not about to carry a scale around with me at all times just in case I happen to get a slice. Obviously slice sizes can vary quite a bit depending on where they come from, but I’ve found that in the end it generally evens out; for every skimpy slice I eat, there’s usually an extra-large one from somewhere else to balance things out.

I’ve only run in to one situation so far where measuring by the slice wasn’t relevant: at Flatbread Company, where they cut their pizzas in square slices. If the pieces had been thick sicilian squares, I probably would have just counted each one as a slice, but since their pizza is relatively thin, it didn’t seem quite right. So, instead of counting each square as a slice, I made an approximation of how many slices I would have eaten if the pie had been cut in normal triangular slices. Obviously it’s not a perfect system, but it gets the general idea across about how much pizza I eat, and how often.

In addition to the number of slices, I’ll also be keeping track of where each slice comes from. This is one of the most interesting parts of the project to me. I considered keeping track of other things like toppings or who I’m with when I eat, but in the end opted to keep it simple. I have added some parenthetical notes about some of the pizza sources (like which location it was if it’s part of a multi-location franchise, or if it was a delivery order), but I haven’t settled on a system for that yet.

So far this year, I’ve eaten 93 slices, which averages out to 3 slices per day. The breakdown as is seems fairly typical for me, with a concentration on pizzerias that are near my apartment. I don’t know if I’ll keep this kind of volume up for the entire year, but if you want to keep an eye on my progress, you can see the live stats on my Daytum page. Otherwise, I’ll be posting occasional updates on the project here and on the new @Pizza_Rules Twitter account. Hopefully I’ll do a detailed run-down at the end of the year too. If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to leave them in the comments.

In closing, I’d like to thank Nicholas Felton for developing the Daytum service, since I probably wouldn’t be taking on this project without it.

Fat Boys + Pizza

The Fat Boys were a hip hop trio that had a good run in the ’80s putting out records in a similar vein as Run DMC, Biz Markie, Beastie Boys, etc. Like many such rappers of the time, the Fat Boys’ image was based less on street toughs, with more of a focus fun stuff … like eating pizza.

Their Jail House Rap, from the 1984 self-titled album is one of my all-time favorite pizza-related songs, and the music video only solidifies that fact.

Still from the Fat Boys' Jail House Rap music video

Among many pizza references, part of the video was filmed at the now-extinct La Marionetta Pizzeria, which was at 105 Greenwich Ave in Manhattan (at the corner of 12th St).

La Marionetta Pizzeria circa 1986. Photo by westvillagebob on Flickr

The pizzeria closed years ago, which is a shame. They had a great storefront with a hand-crafted neon sign and everything. All the accounts I’ve been able to dig up online cite it as a tasty slice shop – a fact I don’t doubt, knowing that the Fat Boys chose it for their video.

Stills from the Fat Boys' Jail House Rap music video

If you’re not familiar with the Fat Boys, the cover of the Jail House Rap single alone should give you an idea of how awesome and in to pizza they were. But, really, the point of this post is to introduce you to the greatness of the video. Seriously – if you only watch one video today, make it this one (it even starts with the last few seconds of an Iron Maiden song!).

… It was twelve o’clock, midnight
And I wanted a snack
So I headed downstairs
Thought the fridge was packed
But when I opened the door
What did I see?
The back of the fridge
Staring right at me
I thought to myself
I could almost die
Then an immage appeared:
A pizza pie!

So I put on Adidas
Headed out the door
As I pictured myself
Eating more and more
But the store was closed
I busted into a rage
So I went to the crib
And got the twelve-gauge
Ran back to the shop
Busted down the door
And all I saw
Was pizza galore

So I stuffed my face
I couldn’t even walk
I couldn’t laugh, smile, shake
Giggle, wiggle, or talk
So I fell asleep
With my face in my plate
And the next thing you know
I was headed upstate …

Other Fat Boys videos of interest: All You Can Eat, where they go to the  Sbarro in Times Square for a $3.99 pig-out (reminds me of my high school AYCE pizza night parties at Papa Gino’s); Fat Boys, where they head to the beach before smashing some pizza into their faces (literally); and the non-pizza-yet-still-educational Fat Boys Burger Pattern, where they teach some mathematical concepts by ordering burgers.

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