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Adam Kuban  Pizza Influencer </s> 😂🍕 Lunching & lensing on NYC’s best slices since 2003 🦕 Founder @margotspizza 👨‍🍳 Mostly pizza, often food, sometimes Queens 🌐🗽

The other day in my DMs someone recommended Ciccio's in Gravesend, Brooklyn: "You've got to get out there. Most people skip it in favor of L&B, Krispy, Delmar."¶⠀⠀
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"I was just there back in March. Just haven't posted it yet."¶⠀⠀
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And… now that's been rectified.¶⠀⠀
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@Ciccios.Pizza is known for its sesame seed crust. It's thinner than most slices and has a generous amount of sauce and cheese relative to its slip of crust. I dig it.¶⠀⠀
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Don't skip over it when you're in deep, deep Brooklyn. Until next post, folks, #hastalapizza 😊🍕✌️¶ ⠀⠀
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I don’t know if you’ve noticed but over the past howevermany months, I’ve made sure that the triangular slices on my feed here have rotated counterclockwise 90° with each post, pointing in the ordinal compass directions.¶⠀⠀
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On Saturday I pointed this out to Margot and made a little video to illustrate it. She in turn pointed out that I should also include the cardinal compass points to make the rotation smoother and more obvious.¶⠀⠀
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It was a good teachable moment in which she learned about the concept of cardinal vs. ordinal and stop-motion animation. ¶⠀⠀
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We did all this at Sofia Pizza Shoppe after ending up there after the first of this year’s NYC Summer Streets nearby on Park Avenue & 51st, where we were at the kids station. Margot ate this pepperoni slice. I had a spinach, which Margot would not try 🙁. Her loss. 🤷🏻‍♂️ ¶⠀⠀
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Until next post, folks, #hastalapizza 😊🍕✌️¶ ⠀⠀
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Plain slice from Romeo’s Pizzeria in Fresh Meadows, Queens.¶⠀⠀⠀
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Pretty solid. I enjoyed it more than the chicken Caesar slice (previous post).¶⠀⠀⠀
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Until next post, folks, #hastalapizza 😊🍕✌️¶ ⠀⠀⠀
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New York slice culture is pretty straightforward, but then there are times it throws you for a loop.¶⠀⠀
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For instance, as a whole New Yorkers prefer minimally topped slices—plain (aka “cheese slice” everywhere else), pepperoni, mushroom. The height of decadence might be ordering a two-topping slice. A 3-topping slice? Nah.¶⠀⠀
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But then you find these weird neighborhood microclimates, where a baked ziti slice might be the thing all the locals get. Or, like at Romeo’s Pizzeria in Fresh Meadows, the chicken Caesar slice. ¶⠀⠀
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“It’s what we’re known for,” the counter guy said earlier today, as I asked him about it. “Just go on Yelp, you’ll see it in all the reviews.”¶⠀⠀
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Fellow Queenser @munnygrip hipped me to Romeo’s a few months ago, but on my first and, until today, only visit, I tried a plain slice. Munira saw it in my stories and DM’d: “the chicken Caesar slice is the thing to get there!”¶⠀⠀
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I filed that intel away—and promptly forgot it. ¶⠀⠀
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But when we rolled up to the dance studio next door (for a birthday party @MargotMing was attending today), something started nagging at the back of my head and I pinged Munny for the memory jog and ended up ordering like a local. ¶⠀⠀
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I can’t say I love the chicken Caesar slice. It’s a bridge too far for me. Even when I tried to disassociate it from “pizza” and tried to think of it as a salad atop an edible crouton/plate, I just came back to thinking it would be so much easier to eat it with a fork. And in New York slice culture, the first thing you learn is that forks and knives are verboten. ¶⠀⠀
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I will say that the plain slice is very good, and I was pleased to see that my daughter, Margot, and the rest of the kids attending the bday party next door were being fed Romeo’s for lunch. ¶⠀⠀
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Are there any outré slices that you champion? If so, LMK in the comments. Until next post, folks, #hastalapizza 😊🍕✌️¶ ⠀⠀
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A plain slice from J&V Pizzeria in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.¶⠀⠀
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Great slices, and the pizzeria itself is like a trip back in time. Most excellent.¶⠀⠀
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This is from a Brooklyn slice crawl I did with @SeriousEats’ Ed Levine and @ScottsPizzaTours. Swipe through my story highlights to see more from that fact-finding mission.¶⠀
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Until next post, folks, #hastalapizza 😊🍕✌️¶ ⠀⠀
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White slice from Corner Slice in Gotham West Market. Not a gloppy, sodden mess dripping with ricotta. 👍🏻¶⠀⠀
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More info here: #akubanXcornerslice ¶⠀ ⠀
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Until next post, folks, #hastalapizza 😊🍕✌¶ ⠀⠀
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#TBT to this time last month, when we made a quick stop at @BrooklynSquare in Jackson NJ on our way to Wildwood on the Jersey Shore.¶⠀⠀
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Peter Grippo is making some incredible Sicilian pies at this place—and, presumably, at his other Brooklyn Square location in Manalapan. He used to own Peter Pizza in Gravesend, Brooklyn, but got tired of splitting his time between there and Jersey, so now he's a full-time Garden Stater.¶⠀⠀
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New York's loss is Jersey's gain. See more at #akubanXBrooklynSquare. Until next post, folks, hasta la pastry.¶⠀⠀
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#WildwoodWeek #KubLuiWildwoodWeek #KubLuiWildwoodWeek2018 #NewJersey #JacksonNJ #BrooklynSquare #PeterGrippo #pizza @pizza #hashtagpizza #pizzalife #pizzaparty #pizzaporn #eatmunchies #SeriousEats #womnoms #forzapizza #njpizzagram #pizzagram

When I first tried Sofia Pizza Shoppe in 2017, I ended up going there for lunch so often that my feed was becoming All Sofia All the Time.¶⠀⠀
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I made a conscious effort this year to explore outside my usual lunchtime zone. I don’t know if I’ve lived up to that resolution, but I do know I hadn’t been to Sofia in a while.¶⠀⠀
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As I’ve said before, I love the pepperoni here. It’s “cup-and-char” pepperoni, but it’s sliced thin, so it gets just the right amount of crispness without being too jerky-like. ¶⠀⠀
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PSA: If you like looking at curled pepperoni, check out the @RONICUPS account and #RONICUPS hashtag. Until next post, folks, #hastalapizza 😊🍕✌️¶ ⠀⠀
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Paraphrasing @Corner_Slice’s Mike Bergemann: “I tell everyone to get this slice. It shows off what we do. With the lighter topping, the crust is extra crisp.”¶⠀⠀
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Not only that but you get the full flavor of the tomato and you can really taste the crust, which has great flavor itself. I rarely say this about a marinara pizza, but I didn’t miss the cheese.¶⠀⠀
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(It normally doesn’t come like this, but it’s sliced in half because I met up with @foodiebuddha for lunch and we split a number of slices.) ¶⠀⠀
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See previous posts for more on Corner Slice: #akubanXcornerslice. Until next post, folks, #hastalapizza 😊🍕✌️¶ ⠀⠀
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I'm not the biggest fan of fish or seafood. Somehow when I was a kid, the idea of fish as weird slimy, cold creatures swimming through their own waste lodged itself in my head and I just could not stomach anything to come out of freshwater or the sea.¶⠀⠀
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That changed when I first traveled to Japan in 2002 to visit my friend @asianautj, who was living there at the time. Early in the trip, we stayed with longtime family friends of his, and they ordered sushi at dinner. As in all these tales, I couldn’t NOT eat it—and it turned out to be pretty dang good. The thing that clinched it for me, though, was the next night at an izakaya, when they ordered whole dry-roasted sardines that still had their roe in them. (I tried googling for the Japanese name of this dish but could not find it; someone enlighten me. [“shishamo”, which are actually smelt fish, not sardines. Thanks, @mzneener) This, to me, was the ultimate red line—head still on, preggo with hundreds of eggs, bones and all—but, again, I couldn’t NOT eat it.¶⠀⠀
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And it wasn’t all that bad. I had shattered whatever mental barrier was holding me back and I was game for any water-faring creature. By the end of the trip I was hoovering all kinds of sushi and sashimi, shellfish, cephalopods, uni, ikura—you name it.¶⠀⠀
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Still, unless it’s a leisurely omakase meal at a great sushi place, I do not CRAVE seafood. It's my loss, I know.¶⠀⠀
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Which brings me to my point. I am not a huge seafood fan, but I LOVED these lobster rolls at Quincy's in Cape May NJ. The top-split hot dog bun is plenty buttery and toasted crisp on the surface but still soft and squishy inside, and it's absolutely loaded with big chunks of lobster meat with just "a bead of mayo."¶⠀⠀
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I ate the heck out of this thing and promptly declared Quincy's was joining our official Wildwood Week food roster, taking a spot among Mack's, Sam's, Hooked-Up Seafood, the Lobster House, and others.¶⠀⠀
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Next year, I’ll try the lobster salad roll, which looked great, too. 😊✌🏻¶⠀⠀
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Jianbing was named by @GrubStreet the “cheap eat of the year” for 2016, which is probably when I tried my first one at New York Food Court in Flushing.¶⠀⠀
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I took the day off today, so after my wife and I dropped Margot off at @QueensBotanicalGarden for day camp, we figured we’d walk to NY Food Court for jianbing breakfast. But then I googled “best #jianbing in Flushing” and found @ChrisECrowley recommending Express Tea Shop on Grub.¶⠀⠀
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Great option. Not only is it half as close to QBG as NYFC, it was, to my memory, a notch or two better than the NY Food Court stall. ¶⠀⠀
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It’s also in the Golden Shopping Mall, which is, IIRC, the original Flushing mall-based food court, with all the old-school well-worn charm that seems to be vanishing from New York. ¶⠀⠀
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Until next post, folks, hasta. 😊✌️¶ ⠀⠀
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Beebe's Pizza at the @BoroHotel. This is the #JimmyForager: tomato, mozzarella, pecorino Romano, sweet fennel sausage, mushrooms, red onion, dried chili flakes. More info: #akubanXbeebes¶⠀⠀
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Until next post, folks, #hastalapizza 😊🍕✌¶ ⠀⠀
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