Dave’s Oyster Shake and Grille – Pacific Grove

Once again Dave’s Oyster Shake and Grille has returned to my little towns farmers’ market. And I could not be more excited. Today we ordered their Cajun shrimp, head on – no seriously the shrimp had their heads on. One of my favorite forms of the flippant shellfish. Spicy, flavorful, perfectly cooked. I want to eat this shellfish purveyors concoctions every day.

Oh, yeah, we also enjoyed their fantastic fish tacos, empenadas, and Po boys. All delicious. Thank you for visiting our town my friends!

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Di Fara Pizza – Brooklyn, New York

A pilgrimage to this spot in Brooklyn is well worth your time if you are a true pizza connoisseur. Dominic Dimarco has been making pizza’s in this little hole in the wall establishment since the 70’s and he is widely considered on of the best slices of pizza in the world.

San Marzano Tomatoes, Grande mozzarella, fresh basil…this guy has some killer ingredients, and turns out one of the best Sicilian slices I have ever had…seriously you have to try this stuff!

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Tony Gemignanis International School of Pizza

I had the distinct honor of attending Tony’s Pizza School. Not only is Tony an incredibly accomplished Pizzaiolo, he teaches a top notch pizza university complete with certification from the Oldest Pizza School in Italy.

This course was really incredible and I couldn’t recommend it higher for anybody wishing to make Pizza a career.

Attached are some photos from the class, as well as some of the pizza’s we made.

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Pizzaiolo Oakland, Ca

Always on the hunt for an amazing Pie…I stumbled upon this little Gem by the way of is famed Stinging Nettle Pie. That is right they use tongs to pick up loads of stinging nettles and place them on your pizza dough, with some pecorino and blast it in the oven.

Apparently the stingers fall off or cook out in the baking process, quite an experience..they have a very spinach-esque quality when cooked…

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Star Tavern, Orange New Jersey

Talk about a place that cranks out some Pies…this is one of the busiest pizzerias I have been to…their pizza is OK, thin crust, crispy and dripping with grease. But it is hard not to get jaded when you have had some of the best in the world :) If i lived in the area…I would definitely eat here…pilgramage worthy, no.

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Lobardi’s Coal Fired Pizza, New York, New York

I couldn’t call myself a pizza aficionado if I skipped this place on my way through the Big Apple. I must say though…this is not my favorite pizza ever. It was OK, but as far as Coal Fired goes…Frank Pepe’s is the best I have ever had. But Lombardi’s is good and an institution, so if you are in little Italy, go check it out!

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Pizzeria Delfina – San Francsico, Ca

San Francisco has no shortage of great restaurants, and certainly no shortage of great pizzerias…it is hope to the world famous Tony Geminagni – whom teaches the international pizza school that I attended.

Delfinas is famous for their pizza, and is a very busy spot…most notably is their “Magic Pie” which uses a dash of heavy cream just before it is finished…it is quite good.

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