Man on the Street Scott Wiener talks quick-serve Neapolitan pizza concepts

Scott Wiener

What is the future of pizza? It’s becoming clearer every day that pizza’s past is circling back to carry us into the next era. It took Neapolitan pizza more than 100 years to gain popularity in the U.S., but now that it’s a hot topic, we’re starting to see a new wave of variation inMore »

Man on the Street Scott Wiener talks unique desserts

Nutella Pizza, dessert

I’m bored. Desserts at pizzerias have become as predictable as an episode of “Looney Tunes” and I’m getting tired of the antics of gelato and cannoli. Things don’t have to be like this and I have proof! Here are a few unique desserts that have blown my mind within the past few years. Vanilla SoftMore »

Man on the Street Scott Wiener talks pizzeria menus

Man on the Street Scott Weiner talks pizzeria menus

I don’t like reading menus. It’s rare to find one that’s more than a sprawling list of options or a cacophony of foodie buzzwords. Whether in a restaurant, where a server may not always be within speaking distance, or at home without a restaurant staff at all, a menu is my only constant supply ofMore »

Man on the Street Scott Wiener talks deliver anticipation

delivery, driver

The time between placing a delivery order and my pizza’s arrival is interminable. Seconds pass at a snail’s pace as I wonder what could possibly be taking so long. I start to think the driver either got lost or maybe she’s handing my pizza over to a confused neighbor. Even worse … they probably lostMore »

Man On The Street: NY slice / artisan pizza battle

2013 May: Man On The Street

The streets of New York are in the midst of an epic battle. In one corner, the classic slice weighs in with its thin-yet-yielding crust topped with tomato sauce and low moisture mozzarella cheese. In the opposite corner waits a smaller, more delicate pizza baked in a showpiece oven and topped with hand-crushed tomatoes underMore »

Man on the Street: Defending the Pizzarazzi

Photo by Mandy Detwiler

The crowd gasps an undeniable breath of anticipation the moment she appears on stage. After a brief announcement from the emcee, the crowd exchanges quips of admiration regarding the impending performance. As the moment of performance arrives, paparazzi descend upon her. But the stage is not that of Madison Square Garden, it’s a table; theMore »

Man On The Street: Pizzeria closed by health department

2013 February: Man On The Street

My heart sank as I reached the front door, only to realize that the worst was true. The usual line was nonexistent; the lights inside were dim and the front gates were down. My only clue was a small yellow notice on the front door. Apparently the New York City Department of Health and HumanMore »

Man on the Street: Undercover as pizza chain delivery driver

2013 January: Man on the Street

After my fifth sub-$1 tip, I decided to stop keeping track altogether. I wasn’t doing this for the money, but if I were I would have been horribly disappointed. I was delivering pizzas for one of the Big Three national chains. Despite being a huge fan of all things pizza, I had never actually workedMore »

Man on the Street: NYC Hurricane Sandy

2012 December: Man on the Street

Lower Manhattan is a ghost town. Century-old trees are uprooted, the world’s most incredible public transportation system has ground to a halt and power is out — not just in some buildings, but everywhere south of 28th Street. As I write this, New York is just days removed from the landfall of Hurricane Sandy. MostMore »