A pizza festival is bringing to NYC fresh-from-the-oven slices crafted by 35 of the world’s finest pizzaioli this summer!
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It's hosted by TF Cornerstone, Caputo’s Market & Deli, and Lavazza Coffee Company at the Piazza at Hunter’s Point South Park (52-03 Center Blvd) in Long Island City, Queens. Proceeds will be donated to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.
The brand new food festival will run for eight weeks, from Saturday, June 24 through Sunday, August 20, with each week dedicated to spotlighting a different style of pizza made by a different pizzaiolo, pulled from some of the most famous pizzerias around the world. Past fests have featured local favorites including Williamsburg’s Best Pizza and Midwood's Di Fara, the latter of which regularly tops our list of New York's best pizza each year.
Along with classic char-and-chew New York-style slices and the Napoletana original that inspired them, attendees can explore various regions and styles of cooking, including thicker cuts like Chicago and Sicilian styles, thin-and-crispy Roman pies and even the divisive Hawaiian style, which controversially tops the usual tomato-and-mozzarella construction with pineapple and ham. A full line-up of the pizza makers participating in the festival has yet to be released, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do!
To go along with the carb-and-cheese feast, the fest will feature five cooking stations, pizza-making classes, live music and more. Hours of operation will be weekdays from 4pm to 10pm and weekends from 1 to 10pm, and though admission is free, tickets will be required to eat and drink.
Though this is the first pizza event by this group, they're also the organizers of the New York Panettone Festival, so they know their way around delicious dough.
Given how, uh, chill New Yorkers are when it comes to our most beloved and signature food, this one shouldn't be popular at all. Nope, not one bit.