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The New York City lunch scene is dominated by build-your-own salad places. That’s all good and great, but what if you replaced that salad with a pizza?

I give you MOD Pizza, a fast-casual build-your-own pizza restaurant where you pick the toppings and they whip up a custom pizza. And don’t worry, you won’t be waiting around for 20 minutes like regular pizza places. The MOD team has perfected the art of turning around a finished product super quick – in a matter of minutes.

I recently checked out MOD Pizza in Willow Grove and loved it. The restaurant was bright, airy and gave off the vibe of a place I’d want to sit down at, relax and dominate a pizza.

Instead of picking my own toppings, I opted to try one of MOD’s own creations, the Caspian. We’re talking a pizza made with mozzarella, gorgonzola, BBQ chicken, BBQ sauce and sliced red onions. Love at first sight (and taste).

The Caspian hit the spot. The pizza came out in a matter of minutes, tasted great and had an enormous amount of toppings. I’m sure this place is a hit for the weekday lunch crowd. For the price, you can’t beat MOD. It has to be one of the best deals in town.

MOD Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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What’s Your Favorite Bakery?

For all the sweet tooth’s out there, here’s a great list for you: America’s Most Scrumptious Bakeries. Our friend’s at Foursquare have provided a list of the top bakeries across the country based on user reviews. Check out a list of the best bakery in every state, or see the top 10 below. For us NYC folk, Levain Bakery was found to be New York’s best bakery.

  1. B. Patisserie San Francisco, CA
  2. Baked & Wired Washington D.C.
  3. Weber’s Bakery Chicago, IL
  4. Flour Bakery + Cafe Boston, MA
  5. Little t American Baker Portland, OR
  6. Jean Philippe Patisserie Las Vegas, NV
  7. Levain Bakery New York, NY
  8. Bakery Nouveau Seattle, WA
  9. Round Rock Donuts Round Rock, TX
  10. Se7en Bites Orlando, FL

Levain Bakery

What’s the #1 Halloween Candy?

What’s your favorite Halloween candy? released the results of a poll to find out what Halloween candy reigns supreme. The #1 candy is no surprise (at least to me)! Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups came in at #1 according to more than 29,000 votes across 52 types of candy. The results of top 10 are below:

  1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  2. Twix
  3. Kit Kat
  4. Snickers
  5. Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins
  6. Hershey’s Miniatures
  7. Starburst
  8. Butterfinger
  9. Skittles
  10. Gummy Bears

Olio e Piu

The interior gives off a rustic feel – the perfect decor for chef Dominick Pepe to serve up authentic, hearty and healthy Italian meals. We’re talking everything from seafood to authentic Napoli pizza to pasta to crisp autumn salads anytime of the day or night. That’s right, they’re open 24 hours.

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I’ll be honest. I devoured a ton of food at this restaurant. It was all so good! Delicious Polpette di Vitello Ripiene – veal stuffed meatballs with ricotta, arugula, parmesan and marinara sauce – came close to rivaling my mom’s secret recipe. I indulged in very rich Spaghetti alla Carbonara. The pasta was perfectly cooked al dente and once that egg broke, it blended together into a very decadent carb-loaded dish. And what’s a meal without dessert? The Tiramisu was one of my favorite dishes of the night. This dessert was so light and creamy, but at the same time satisfied my chocolate craving with a generous dusting of cocoa powder. No complaints here – it was all delicious.

With great food, a great location and service that lets you leisurely enjoy your meal while taking it all in, I can see why Olio e Piu is a neighborhood favorite. I highly recommend checking this place out. It fits the bill for everything from drinks with friends to dinner with your parents. Stop by and let me know what you think!

Olio e Piu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Olio e Piu

I Tried It: Cello Whisps

Everyone loves cheese. If you take Parmesan cheese and transform it into a crispy, airy bite-sized snack, you most likely have a hit on your hands. Newly-released Cello Whisps do just that. These cheese crisps are made from one ingredient, Parmesan cheese.

I recently was sent some of these to try and they do taste exactly like you’re eating a block of Parmesan cheese, only slightly airier and lighter. I could only stomach eating a few of these directly out of the bag. However, throwing some of these in soup or a salad sounds like a perfect combination. (There are some good recipe thought starters on their website.) The winter is coming up fast and these may be making their way into the closest bowl of tomato soup very quickly!

Cello Whisps

Cello Whisps

The New York Coffee Festival

Addicted to coffee? Check out the New York Coffee Festival, being held this weekend September 25-27 at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue.

The festival will feature hundreds of free samples from the highest quality specialty coffee and food brands. In addition, there will be more than 70 innovative exhibitors (Starbucks Reserve, La Marzocco, La Cimbali, Pacific Foods, La Colombe, Steampunk, Joe Cofee, Toby’s Estate, Irving Farm, and more) as well as the Coffee Masters NYC barista competition.

More details can be found below.

  • WHAT: The New York Coffee Festival
  • WHEN: Fri., Sept. 25th – Sun, Sept. 27th
    • Friday, Sept 25th | Trade-Only Session (2pm-7:30pm)
    • Saturday, Sept. 26th | Brunch Session (9am-12:30pm)
    • Saturday, Sept. 26th | Lunch Session (12:30pm-4pm)
    • Saturday, Sept. 26th | Late Session (4pm-7:30pm)
    • Sunday, Sept. 27th | Brunch Session (9am-1pm)
    • Sunday, Sept. 27th | Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
  • WHERE: 69th Regiment Armory | Lexington Ave & 26th St | New York, NY 10010

National Cheeseburger Week at Uncle Sam’s – Three Deals to Celebrate

Uncle Sam’s in New York City has declared September 18th – 24th “National Cheeseburger Week.” During “National Cheeseburger Week,” Uncle Sam’s will introduce three fantastic ways to celebrate:

  • Buy Two, Get One: Buy two Uncle Sam’s Cheeseburgers and get one free from September 18th – 24th
  • Weekly Deal: Char Sui Cheeseburger, housemade sriracha chips and a Boylan fountain soda for $9.95 plus tax
  • Social Share: Everyone who shares a picture of their Uncle Sam’s cheeseburger on Uncle Sam’s Facebook,Twitter or Instagram accounts from September 18th – 24th will be entered to win free lunch at Uncle Sam’s for one week

Uncle Sam's National Cheeseburger Week

Best NYC Burger Joints

In honor of National Cheeseburger Day tomorrow, Foursquare analyzed its location data to reveal the top 50 burger joints in the US. Minetta Tavern in New York City comes in as #1 on the list of best burgers, followed by Burger Joint , Shake Shack, J.G. Melon, 5 Napkin Burger and The Spotted Pig. A list of the top 10 is below. There’s plenty of New York City places on here – check them out!

  1. Minetta Tavern NY, NY
  2. Burger Joint NY, NY
  3. Shake Shack NY, NY
  4. Gordon Ramsay BurGR Las Vegas, NV
  5. J.G. Melon NY, NY
  6. Kuma’s Corner Chicago, IL
  7. AJ Bombers Milwaukee, WI
  8. 5 Napkin Burger NY, NY
  9. The Spotted Pig NY, NY
  10. Hopdoddy Burger Bar Austin, TX

Time for Football at Slate’s “Undefeated Sundays”

The football season officially kicked off last night and that means it’s time for wings, nachos and beer. Everyone has their favorite sports bar (check out Lansdowne Road), but if you’re looking to scope out somewhere different, check out Slate‘s new “Undefeated Sundays.” From how Slate’s describing it, this is going to be an interesting combination of football, brunch, bar food and live music from some of NYC’s top DJs. The menu at the very least looks really good.

This all kicks off on Sunday, September 13th starting at noon so if you go, let me know how it is!

Undefeated Sundays

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