Small point: we have a restaurant called Pizza Paradise in NYC, on W. 18thSt. I think. So I first thought that’s what you’re talking about here, not a PBS show.
But Pizza Paradise in NY is one of those iffy places that has neon signs for gyros in the window, too. Can pizza and gyros (and who knows what else) co-exist?
I’ve been to Modern once, I wouldn’t wait outside in the snow for it, but the Italian Bomb is very good. It’s just not the same "atmosphere" there. I went to Sally a few times, (had to, it was an old boyfriend’s favorite) the pizza is ok, the service not so good. And I don’t like that the people waiting in line are all the way in the table area of the restaurant. I always felt guilty eating while people were a foot away staring at my pizza.
My Directv guide says the Pizza Paradise coming on 3/5 at 3:00pm was made in 2004. I hope that’s wrong, I really want to see the new one
FYI, the Pizza Paradises show is on again on 3/5 at 3:00 PM Eastern Time on The Travel Channel.
So have you ever been to Sally’s or Modern?
Thanks for the welcome and the background info, Signman. I’m going to check out the books. I found Roadfood when I did a search for the Travel Channel’s program and I found your initial post. When the Travel Channel interviewed us they told us the program would be called Food Palaces, guess they changed their mind.
I can’t believe they didn’t mention the clam pizza. I REALLY can’t believe they choose to interview my sister and me in the first place. No make up, hadn’t combed my hair all day, old white sweater… I would have dressed up if I had known.
We just got back from Pepe’s. It was a little embarrassing when the waitress introduced us to people at the surrounding tables as the women in the video. But it was worth it, the pizza was a great as ever. And only a 5 minute wait outside in 10 degree weather!
Seen them all several times,but somehow,I wind up watching them again.
they keep showing the same old shows from a couple years ago, just like the hot dog show, the hamburger show, best place to pig out etc.
Funny you brought up Buddy’s Pizza. They made the state news today about rising costs (mainly the wheat topic, then some on the cheese): http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=7942298&nav=0Rce
I’ve never been there, but your not the first one here to bring them up. Must have something going for them.
Vic, I would like to know about some other places too. Made my first trip to Detroit a while back and loved Buddy’s Pizza. A different style that I really enjoyed. Ate there twice on a 3 day trip.
Check in on the NJ hot dog thread for the latest on John’s adventures. His post in the past week about Bubba’s was pure poetry.
Wow! Thanks Signman… Didn’t realize Mr. Fox will be on next week, nor anything about the Hot Dog Paradise presentation either.
Well hello uppdoc (aka the no name woman). The show was called PIZZA PARADISE. Hey, I’ve had an onion pizza at Pepe’s too, although my go to is a mushroom pizza. My main point was that the most famous pizza Pepe’s makes is the White Clam pizza, and there wasn’t even a mention of it. So for me the show had no credibility whatsoever.
I’d be curious how you found us here on Roadfood.com. Don’t know what you know of it’s background, but it’s more than less a companion website to the ROADFOOD titled books that Yale grads and Connecticut residents, Jane & Michael Stern have been writing for the past 30 years. Somewhere along the way they proclaimed Pepe’s White Clam pizza as the best single food item on the planet, or something like that. So for this show to not even mention it…………………..
A lot of the piece was also taken up by patrons comments that they are either a Sally’s patron or Pepe’s. Now I will admit that I’v never been to Sally’s, and only to Pepe’s maybe 3 times, but if I lived in the area I surely would be trying both places, and Modern too. It might have been interesting to hear why someone preferred one place over the other, but that too was missing. I’m sure it was a thrill for you to be featured in the piece, but if they were going to put a lot of personal opinion in, I would have liked to have heard from someone who was able to objectively discuss the Wooster Street style, etc. Yes, someone like the Sterns, who have been students of this for over 30 years and are recognized authorities.
Just like next week, when the show will be Hot Dog Paradise and will feature comments by John Fox about New Jersey hot dogs. John Fox has extensively written about NJ dogs, and been written about for his expertise in this field by the New York Times, and the NJ Star Ledger family of newspapers. He is a frequent poster on this site.
I watched it both times last night. Same ol’ places being reviewed… Again.
I wish they would step into the deep Midwest and find something new to report on.
Hey, I was that no name woman who always gets the onion pizza! My daughter has a lethal seafood allergy, so no clam pizza for my family. I didn’t get to see the show, what did they end up calling the new program on the Travel Channel?
Ah, but there’s plenty of olive oil on the crust in the first place.
My favorite pie at Pepe’s and Sally’s was always the plain. Just sauce and grated parmesan cheese.
The plain might be my favorite too, it’s best way to taste the great Pepe’s crust. The crust stays intact without it deteriorating from the oil that separates from the mozz, which tends to happen at the center of the pie.
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