Monthly Archives: October 2012

There’s Still a Line at Brooklyn’s Grimaldi’s Pizzeria!

Despite the impact of Hurricane Sandy, Brooklyn’s famous Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is open today. And as always, there’s a line to get in. Here’s a photo from this afternoon sent by The Kid’s girlfriend Rachel who currently calls Brooklyn home. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of our family and friends, as well as […]

TOPPINGS – WCBS-FM Listeners Vote Lee’s Tavern in Staten Island “Best Pizzeria in the Tri-State Area”

The Staten Island Advance reported that out of 150 to 250 submissions narrowed to ten by the station, listeners of  WCBS-FM voted Lee’s Tavern  in Staten Island the best pizzeria in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Tri-State Area. Staten Islanders must be loyal listeners since last year’s winner was also on the Island–Ciro’s Pizza Café. Here […]


So, you want to get into the pizza business. While I’m sure there are many books written about owning your own business, running a restaurant, etc., I doubt that there is one about what to name your pizza place.  The Pizza Snob’s advice is to keep it simple and to not get too cute about […]

TOPPINGS – Patsy Grimaldi Soon to Open Juliana’s in Brooklyn

Thanks to two of our good friends, “Pickles” Keith and “Walking Nashville” Bill, for pointing this current New York magazine story in our direction. It’s a great in-depth story about the continuing “Brooklyn Pizza War” and how Patsy is getting ready to re-enter the pizza business in his new place at the site of […]

Lost in the Supermarket – Eating Pizza at Whole Foods Market, Publix and Costco

“I’m all lost in the supermarket, I can no longer shop happily I came in here for the special offer, guaranteed personality”                                                 From “Lost in the Supermarket” by The Clash (1979) When the Snob was a kid, you went to the grocery store to buy groceries–that meant food. You went to the drug store […]

TOPPINGS – Aaron’s Last Wish – Tip $500 to a Pizza Server

Here’s a link to a blog about something unexpected that recently happened to a friend of ours here at Mafiaoza’s in Nashville. I’ll let the story speak for itself. You can make a donation to Aaron’s Last Wish here.      

Ringwood Pizza (NJ) – “Psst! – Ask for the Grandma Pie”

Ringwood, actually referred to as a borough, is a lovely little place in beautiful Northern New Jersey’s Passaic County, just a stone’s throw from the New York state border. If you are asking yourself how in the world the Snob got there, here’s how the dots connect. Planning my recent Springsteen trip back to the […]

TOPPINGS – October is “National Pizza Month”

I promise I won’t remind my readers of this every year, but I just thought you would like to know that according to, October is National Pizza Month! Further research indicates it was designated as such by Congress in 1987. (Don’t these guys have anything better to do–like trying to balance the budget instead?) […]

UPDATE – Famous Roio’s Pizza Owner Mario DiRienzo Dies

The Snob has sad news to report: Mario DiRienzo, the owner of The Famous Roio’s Pizza in New York City, died on September 17, 2012 in Morristown, NJ at the age of 71.  He is certainly a true pizza legend as founder of New York City’s original Ray’s Pizza. Sources have it that Mr. DiRienzo […]

Jersey City NJ Redux – Paulus Hook Brick Oven Pizza

It is a gross understatement to say that Jersey City has changed from my high school days in the Seventies. Once a predominantly rough and tough urban locale, a large section of the city near the waterfront has been totally transformed over the last few decades. It’s as if lower Manhattan drifted across the Hudson […]