What better time to talk to Adam Richman about his favorite New York pizza than at one of New York City’s biggest pizza events all year? We spoke to Richman, who hosted the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival’s kick-off event, La Sagra Slices with a special appearance by Bon Jovi about his top New York City pizza spots, and what makes a great pie.
“Believe it or not, great pizza has restraint,” said Richman. “But also, you have to have great ingredients, if you start with awesome ingredients, you don’t have to throw a lot on. There may be a lot of components to that cheese, sauce, and dough, but simple is often the best.”
Richman, a native to Brooklyn, likes to frequent Pino’s La Forchetta in Prospect Park, La Villa in Park Slope, or Franny’s on Flatbush Avenue. He also loves the creative creations at the legendary Co. in Chelsea. “It also depends on what I’m in the mood for,” said Richman, who will only go to Spumoni Gardens in Bensonhurst for a saucy Sicilian slice. “If you want the real Brooklyn experience you have to have it from the counter, a little greasy on a slice of waxed paper, with the garlic powder with the fingerprints on it. You gotta have the real deal.”
Richman definitely had the real deal at La Sagra’s Slices event last night where the best pizza and meatball chefs in the city showed off their creations, including the classic meatballs from Iron Chef Donatella Arpaia, the truffle and mushroom pizza from Roberto Caporuscio of Don Antonio Pizza, and a cheesy margherita from Luzzo’s.
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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi