As the pizza capital of the world, New York City is filled with opportunities to enjoy a slice. Lucky for those of us who are obsessed, fall is bringing some extra-special ways to enjoy pizza. Check out these eight events for some good cheesy times.
For celebrating the art of the slice: The Museum of Pizza
Williamsburg, October 13-28
As the world’s first and only immersive art experience celebrating pizza, the latest food-themed pop-up experience is here to give New Yorkers a cheesy excuse to celebrate the joy that pizza brings. The museum will include immersive installations and larger-than-life works of art that are ready-made for Instagram. But beyond the museum’s focus on art and culture, it will — of course — dish out a slice for each attendee to enjoy. The museum is only in town for two weeks and tickets for some days are beginning to sell out, so grab yours while you still can.
For painting and chowing down: Pizza, Paint and Sip
Ozone Park, October 14
This Sunday afternoon affair combines the perfect trio, with a two-hour painting session that hooks each guest up with two slices of pizza from Tipsy Tomato Pizza Lounge and two glasses of wine. Those with extra-big appetites will also receive 50 percent off on all appetizers, and we hear the buffalo garlic knots are on point. Whether you go with friends or your other half, there’s no doubt that you’ll have a great time!
For enjoying slices and a flick: Pizza, Wine, and Movie Night at Rooftop Reds
Brooklyn Navy Yard, October 18, 25, 31
Rooftop Reds hosts a number of movie nights from spring through fall, and there are only a couple of weeks left to take advantage of these fun evenings that include two slices from Porto Pizzeria and a glass of wine. With Halloween-themed movies on the lineup for the rest of the season, guests can see Psycho on October 25, Nightmare on Elm Street on October 25, and The Amityville Horror (2005) on October 31, while chowing down on cheesy goodness.
For a hands-on experience: Pizza Making Class with Chef Maria
Midtown, October 19
Over the course of two hours, you’ll learn how to make a Margherita pizza from scratch with health and wellness coach Maria Benardis as your guide. No experience is necessary and all materials will be provided for you to create a typical Neapolitan pizza, made with tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil, salt, and extra-virgin olive oil. You’ll learn about the history of pizza as you make your own before enjoying it with your fellow classmates. Drinks are available for purchase, so you can get your booze on, too!
For tasting pizza and beyond: Pizza, Pasta & Parm Tour of Arthur Avenue
Belmont, October 19
Taste your way through Bronx’s Little Italy by sampling fare from some of the best restaurants along Arthur Avenue. In addition to learning about the neighborhood’s history, guests will have a chance to eat two different styles of pizza, a chicken parm hero, eggplant parm, and other Italian classics before stopping at a wine store and pastry shop. Be sure to arrive hungry considering the extensive menu!
For crafting locally sourced pies: Roof to Plate Pizza with Eagle Street Rooftop Farm
Greenpoint, October 20
Forget your usual mushroom or pepperoni pizza and experience a topping you’ve probably never considered: edible flowers. Using flowers from Eagle Street along with other super fresh ingredients, you’ll create your own masterpiece with guidance from Annie Novak, a Brooklyn-based farmer and educator.
For wood-oven pies and wine: Happy Hour Pizza Making Class
East Village, October 23
Here’s another excuse to get your fingers deep in dough — but only after enjoying a few glasses of wine first. Sip while learning the fundamental techniques for working with pizza dough and then put your new knowledge to the test by making your own personal pie. Add whatever toppings you want, let it bake for just a couple of minutes in Bruno’s wood-burning oven, and then prepare to stuff your face. Besides a full stomach, you’ll also get to go home with dough, ground organic flour, and a recipe to try on your own.
Photo: Pizza Bus
For a tour of the city’s best slices: NYC Pizza Bus
Various locations in NYC, November 11
Like pizza so much you want to eat if for hours on end? This journey with Scott’s Pizza Tours allows pizza fanatics to do just that, taking them on a 4.5-hour tour of pizzerias in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island, with stops changing weekly. Led by company founder Scott Wiener, the bus tour takes guests to four different pizza joints in the week’s chosen borough where they can chew and chat with fellow pizza lovers. Pizza Bus tours only run on Sundays at 11am and are usually booked for the upcoming month, so plan ahead to score a seat!
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