1 Here's the Pizza Crawl crew minus me. From left to right: Alison Sickelka (online editor for marthastewart.com), Tiffany Sun (online editor), Todd Hodgson (managing editor), Michelle Buffardi (online editor), Mallory Cruz (sister of Katie Pitre), Katie Pitre (friend and wife of TJ), TJ Pitre (developer) and Paul Kodila (radio producer for Martha Stewart Living Radio).
2 This is the famed Grimaldi's -- located right under the Brooklyn Bridge. Like most well-known places in New York, there's usually a line out the door for Grimaldi's even on Saturday at noon!
4 Paulie and I pose above a Frank Sinatra drawing. Apparently Ol' Blue Eyes was a fan of Grimaldi's pizza. I was not.
5 Here's a plain cheese pizza pie! The cheese was very fresh but overall the pizza was OK. I don't think it's worth waiting in line for.
7 Here's the score sheet of the Pizza Crawl. We rated pizzas based on the crust, sauce, cheese and ambiance of the restaurant.
8 After Grimaldi's the Pizza posse and I trekked over the Brooklyn Bridge and headed to Manhattan! I've lived near New York my entire life and I never walked on this bridge. It was such a fun and exhilarating experience. It was a gorgeous September day too.
9 The whole crew
10 Our next stop was Keste on Bleecker Street. Keste has been getting a lot of buzz lately and is hailed as one of best new pizzerias in town.
12 Keste specializes in authentic Neapolitan pizza. The first pizza they brought was a specialty dish that's not on the menu. This was my favorite pizza of the day. The cheese just melted into your mouth.
14 Here's the pizza del re -- it consisted of fresh mozzarella, mushroom, prosciutto di parma, truffle spread and extra virgin olive oil.
16 Chef Roberto Caporuscio makes yet another pizza for us! Roberto was born in Pontinia, Italy, about an hour away from Napoli (the birthplace of pizza). He's currently the president of APN (Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani). Chef Roberto is the real deal!
17 He drizzles extra virgin olive oil onto the pizza.
18 The pizza is ready for the oven.
19 This is not a dank dive bar! It's John's Pizzeria located across the street from Keste's. John's has been around since 1929.
20 We order a regular cheese pizza. I was bored by their pizza. It didn't stand out to me in any way, shape or form.
21 After John's we trekked from the West Village to the East Village for a hearty slice of Artichoke pizza.
23 Artichoke pizza only serves 4 types of pizza -- the only one we didn't get was their crab slice. Clockwise from left to right: a Sicilian slice, a regular slice (which is Margarita) and a signature artichoke slice which tastes like a spinach cheese dip. I am definitely a fan of Artichoke pizza!
24 Our final destination was Patsy's in East Harlem. By this point it was already 7 pm and we were pizza'ed OUT.
25 Paulie studies the menus as Todd laughs.
26 The ambiance at Patsy's was very loud -- lots of little tykes running around. The tomato and sausage slice was decent but it's not worth an evening trek to Harlem. You're better off going to your neighborhood pizzeria. However, the rest of Patsy's dinner menu looked great -- I'd go back there for a nice Italian dinner.