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Adam Kuban  Pizza enthusiast 🍕 Documenting the NYC pizza scene since 2003 🦕 Founder @margotspizza 👨‍🍳 Mostly pizza, often food, sometimes Queens 🌐🗽

Fiore’s Pizza, Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village.¶⠀⠀
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Slightly sweet sauce, ample cheese, despite the blotchy-cheese appearance. Reasonably priced for the area, I was surprised. Plain slice, $2.75. ¶⠀ ⠀
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Until next post, folks, #hastalapizza 😊🍕✌¶ ⠀⠀
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#hashtagpizza #nycpizzagram #pizzainfluencer #pizza @pizza #eatmunchies #eatupnewyork #eatingnyc #slicenyc #forzapizza #pizzalife #pizzaparty #newyorkcity #nyc #thisisnewyorkcity #greenwichvillage

Met up for lunch yesterdaywirh @ericleath, who I met through my old pizza blog, Slice, back in the day.¶⠀⠀
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We went to Corner Slice, and it seemed even better than usual. I typically not into marinara slices or pies, but the one here is completely satisfying. More info here: #akubanXcornerslice ¶⠀ ⠀
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Until next post, folks, #hastalapizza 😊🍕✌¶ ⠀⠀
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#hashtagpizza #nycpizzagram #pizzainfluencer #pizza @pizza #eatmunchies #eatupnewyork #eatingnyc #slicenyc #forzapizza #pizzalife #pizzaparty #newyorkcity #nyc #thisisnewyorkcity

Yesterday I joined @seantaylorus as his guest during Day 4 of his annual 31 Days of Pizza quest. ⠀
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Every day in October, which is #NationalPizzaMonth, he eats at least once slice a day with a different guest at a different pizzeria. I think he’s done some repeat pizzerias over the years, but he seems to prioritize spots that are new to him. He’s been doing this since 2002! ⠀
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I suggested @mamas_too, which he hadn’t tried yet. We shared square slices topped with vodka-sauce (pictured); pear, gorgonzola, and honey (top right); pepperoni (bottom); and sausage and pepper (not pictured). I loved the pear-gorgonzola slice. So nice going into fall.¶⠀
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Go check out his Instagram and website. His dedication to this is truly inspiring. ‘Til next post, #hastalapizza 😊🍕✌️¶⠀
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#akubanxmamastoo #hashtagpizza #nycpizzagram #pizzainfluencer @pizza #eatmunchies #eatupnewyork #eatingnyc #slicenyc #forzapizza #pizzalife #pizzaparty #newyorkcity #nyc #thisisnewyorkcity #upperwestside #31daysofpizza #seantaylor

It’s National Pizza Month, and I can’t believe my first post of October is a BBQ sandwich SMDH 🤦🏻‍♂️🙇🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️ ¶⠀⠀
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Had dinner last night with my buddy @asianautj, a now-Queens-based artist I’ve known since junior high in the Kansas City suburbs. Went to John Brown Smokehouse, whose owner, @johnbrownalchemy, is also a KC guy. ¶⠀⠀
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My go-to order at I JBSH is the #PhillipeDeluxe — pulled pork, a slice of cheese, and french fries on a brioche roll 👍🏻 ¶⠀⠀
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Washed down with a @boulevard_beer pilsner. KC reprazent!¶⠀⠀
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Until next post, hasta! 😊🐷✌¶⠀⠀
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#akubanxjohnbrownsmokehouse #eatmunchies #eatupnewyork #eatingnyc #JohnBrownSmokehouse #pulledpork #BBQ #barbecue #newyorkcity #nyc #thisisnewyorkcity #LIC #LongIslandCity #queens #queenseats #itsinqueens #qnsmade #queenscapes

If you find yourself near the Ditmars stop at the end of the N/W line in Astoria, stop by @RosariosAstoria. ¶⠀⠀
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It’s a fantastic Italian deli with hard-to-find Italian imports and some of my favorite sandwiches in New York.¶⠀⠀
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But #RosariosAstoria also makes a somewhat unheralded slice. It’s thin and crisp, and when you get one that’s oven-fresh, its fresh mozzarella mixes with the sauce into an orange-white slip of deliciousness.¶⠀⠀
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The pro move on a Saturday is to order a sandwich, eat a slice while you wait for them to make it (true art takes time), and the head on down to Astoria Park for a picnic. We still have some decent weather for it.¶⠀⠀
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Rosario’s and Astoria Park are the two big things I miss the most after having moved from Astoria. 😕 Until next post, hasta la pizza!😊🍕✌¶⠀⠀
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#akubanxrosariosdeli #hashtagpizza #nycpizzagram #pizzainfluencer #eatmunchies #eatupnewyork #eatingnyc #slicenyc #forzapizza #pizzalife #pizzaparty #newyorkcity #nyc #thisisnewyorkcity #Astoria #queens #queenseats #itsinqueens #qnsmade #queenscapes #padmoreandbarnes

Colony Grill, Stamford, Connecticut. Pepperoni bar pizza.¶⠀⠀
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Colony is of my all-time favorite pizzerias. More info: #akubanXColonyGrill ¶⠀⠀
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Until next post, #hastalapizza 😊🍕✌️¶⠀⠀
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#barpie #barpizza #barpies #pubpizza #tavernpizza #Connecticut #StamfordCT #hashtagpizza #pizzagram #pizzainfluencer #pizza @pizza #eatmunchies #slicenyc #forzapizza #pizzalife #pizzaparty #pizzaporn #foodporn #food #SeriousEats #eeeeeats

People.… Louie’s Pizza. The grandma pizza there? INCREDIBLE. ¶⠀⠀
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I had a much longer and better write-up queued for this post, but I ended up stealing it from myself to use in the upcoming #StateOfTheSlice2018 post I helped write for @SeriousEats.¶⠀⠀
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What I can say is that Queens Food Instagram had been yelling at me to get to @louiespizza for the grandma for a while. But I kept sleeping on it. Dumb.¶⠀⠀
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This slice. This pizza. Lord have mercy. Great texture. Crisp, airy, light. Springy but not spongy. It’s topped with fresh mozzarella, crushed plum tomatoes, garlic, oregano.¶⠀⠀
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I first tried it at the end of August, while on #PizzaRumspringa (the couple weeks of summer when my wife and daughter go visit my in-laws in SF).¶⠀⠀
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I first went on a Thursday. Blown away. But I don’t always trust my own judgment. Maybe I was just really hungry, maybe the pizzamaker was really on top of his game. Maybe I temporarily lost my mind. So I went back the next night for a follow-up. Yup. Still spectacular.¶⠀⠀
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I was going to leave it at that, but knowing this slice might make it onto our State of the Slice 2018 list, I had to do due diligence and make a third visit. I did so the next night. First, because I had walked out the evening before without paying (if you’re sitting down to eat, Louie often lets you pay afterward, and I had forgotten). Second, Louie was going on his annual end-of-summer vacation on Sunday.¶⠀⠀
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I grabbed a whole pie this time, knowing I’d freeze it and still have access to Louie’s grandma #pizza while he was on vacay. It did freeze it, but it didn’t last long.¶⠀⠀
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Conclusion: don’t sleep on Louie’s! This is city-class @pizza. If you’re a Queenser, get there. If you’re not, get there next time you’re in our fair borough. Until next post, hasta la pizza!😊🍕✌¶⠀⠀
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#akubanXlouiespizzaelmhurst #hashtagpizza #nycpizzagram #pizzainfluencer #eatmunchies #eatupnewyork #eatingnyc #slicenyc #forzapizza #pizzalife #pizzaparty #newyorkcity #nyc #thisisnewyorkcity #elmhurst #queens #queenseats #itsinqueens #qnsmade #queenscapes

I don't want to give out any spoilers, but … SPOILER: you might be seeing Louie & Ernie's in an upcoming epic post on @SeriousEats that @SeriousEaterEd, @ScottsPizzaTours, and I collaborated on in which we take on THE STATE OF THE SLICE 2018.¶⠀⠀
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It's a long overdue follow-up to Ed Levine's original State of the Slice 2002 story in the @NYTimes.¶⠀⠀
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Ed and I wrote up the overview from a series of pizza crawls we took earlier this year with Scott (see my IG Highlights) and from a wide-ranging 3-episode discussion about pizza on Serious Eats' #SpecialSaucePodcast. It's a MUST-LISTEN! Link in bio!¶⠀⠀
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Ed and Scott laid down the law and issued the edict that we should consider plain slices only, which, yeah, L&E's totally qualifies. But, if you eat pork, you just CANNOT leave Louie & Ernie's without getting a sausage slice or pie.¶⠀⠀
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Until next post, hasta la pizza!😊🍕✌¶⠀⠀
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#akubanXlouieandernies #hashtagpizza #nycpizzagram #pizzainfluencer @pizza #eatmunchies #eatupnewyork #eatingnyc #slicenyc #forzapizza #pizzalife #pizzaparty #newyorkcity #nyc #thisisnewyorkcity #brooklyn #greenpoint #throgsneck #thebronx #fromthebronx

Louie & Ernie’s, Throgs Neck, Bronx. Large #pizza with sausage and mushroom. One of the best sausage pizzas in NYC.¶⠀
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‘Til next post, #hastalapizza 😊🍕✌️¶⠀
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#akubanXlouieandernies #hashtagpizza #nycpizzagram #pizzainfluencer @pizza #eatmunchies #eatupnewyork #eatingnyc #slicenyc #forzapizza #pizzalife #pizzaparty #newyorkcity #nyc #thisisnewyorkcity #brooklyn #greenpoint #throgsneck #thebronx #fromthebronx

I’m usually slow about getting to new pizzerias, but for @PaulieGees_SliceShop I’ll make an exception.¶⠀
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I’ve been following their IG since they started posting test pies and have been eagerly awaiting this opening. The retro-styles shop is super cute, and the pizza slices I had were already better than much of the stuff you get out there on these streets today. Paulie says they’re still dialing in the oven (naturally), so I can’t wait to see how the slices evolve.¶⠀
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No squares were available tonight. Hopefully soon. For some video of the place, check out my IG stories. Until next post, folks, #hastalapizza 😊🍕✌️¶ ⠀
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