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Urban Athletics: Bike and Eat, The Pizza Edition Part 1: Brooklyn

  • Mar 30, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Look at that meetup title, that's a mouthful, eh? Questionable grammar aside, that is exactly what this meetup is about -- I'm a pizza head and for those like me, this day is our culinary nirvana as we ride to taste some of the best pizza in NYC. Today we focus on borough of Brooklyn.

The best pizza? Says who?

As much as I love pizza and have my favorites places, I'm but a rank amateur when it comes to picking the best in the city. For this task I look to the aficionados at slice.seriouseats.com/slice_new_york/ for guidance. These guys live and breathe all things pizza daily and have eaten more slices than I can hope to in two lifetimes. Let's see if they know what they are talking about. For this trip we're going to sample the pizza at L&B Spumoni Gardens, Di Fara, Lo Duca, Best Pizza, and if we still have room in our bellies at the end of the day, Pauli Gee's.

Here is the cue sheet for the ride http://goo.gl/maps/nbke5. Print and bring it so you can catch up with the group in case you get separated.

The important stuff ...

  • This is going to be a casually-paced (10 - 12 mph) ride of about 28 miles round trip. Most of the ride will take place on bike paths but there will be parts with street riding and some automobile congestion. You must be comfortable riding in a group and in traffic. Helmets are suggested.
  • Bring cold, hard CASH. Some pizzerias don't take credit cards and you don't want to be scrambling trying to find an ATM.
  • Make sure your bike is in good working order before the meetup and bring a lock to leave our cycles. Bring a patch repair kit, air pump, and spare inner tube. Bring your bike lights as we may be out until after dark.
  • Check your email the evening before you head out for last minute meetup updates as well as my mobile phone number which will be sent to those who RSVP.
  • Please DO NOT RSVP if you do not seriously plan to attend as space is limited. No flakes allowed! If you RSVP and I notice that you have a number of no shows or have a history of last minute cancellations, you will be removed.
  • Sorry, no guests allowed for this one.
  • Rain cancels the meetup.

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  • Emmy

    Great ride

    April 14, 2013

  • Kevin

    Excellent ride with lots of good food and people, thanks everyone. On my scorecard for the day, Best Pizza came out on top by a hair, followed by Di Fara, then Lo Duca and L&B.

    March 31, 2013

  • Alizabeth R.

    I won't be able to make it tomorrow, I just called to cover a shift for a Doc… super bummed but someone can take my spot.

    March 29, 2013

  • Patricia S.

    So sorry to have to miss this

    March 29, 2013

  • Karen

    Hi Kevin, I live very close to Di Fara's and I was wondering if I could meet the group there? And if it would be helpful I can get there early to get in line and get a pizza or 2 ordered before the group arrives. What do you think?

    March 24, 2013

    • Robin

      They have an assortment of toppings to choose from. It's possible to order by the slice but he'll have to cooka whole pie if one isn't already cooked as Karen pointed out. It's easier to buy a whole pie for the most part. The pizza is not cheap though. I think slices were $5 and regular pies are around $30. The pie I had last time was the classic which had sausage, onions, mushrooms, and peppers. It is sooo good. I also saw a lot of people order the squares. Since there are so many people going, it might be wise to pick 3 or 4 pies beforehand (a slice per person with the Evenings and Weekend group?) otherwise we could be there all day waiting for people's individual orders.

      March 27, 2013

    • Kevin

      Karen, please contact me at my number listed. I'd like to get a plan together.

      March 29, 2013

  • Arlene

    I'm so sorry I can't attend now. I was really looking forward to it, but have a conflict. Hope to join you next time. Have fun and enjoy the pizza!

    March 27, 2013

  • Kevin

    Folks, if your plans have changed and you can't make the meetup, please be courteous and change your RSVP to not attending. DON'T BE A NO SHOW! No shows will be barred from RSVPing for my future events. Many thanks.

    March 22, 2013

  • Robin

    Di Fara's is hands down the best pizza. I'm salivating already...

    February 26, 2013

    • Robin

      Nope DiFara is only one I ever made a specific journey out to BK just for pizza. Word of warning, we should probably try to get there 20 - 30 minutes before they open for either lunch or dinner. It takes a while for Dom to make the pizza and there's always a line. I got there 15 minutes before it opened one time, waited behind 7 people, and it took about 1 - 1.5 hours to get my pizza pie. Place is a hole in the wall with seating for maybe 10 - 16 people so this might have to be a wolf it down chow down. I've also heard and seen that the pizza can be hit and miss here. I've seen the pizza bottoms be a little too crispy (i.e. burnt as evidenced by the smokiness that made a few of us retreat outside) as Dom bakes the square pizza in trays lined with an amazing amount of olive oil. However, from Lombardi's to John's to Patsy's... this is the best pizza I ever had. I hardly eat pizza but I am going on this trek just to get some Di Fara!

      February 26, 2013

    • Kevin

      Thanks for the heads up. I'll adjust my ride plan so we hit up Di Fara first, the minute they open their doors.

      February 27, 2013

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