"and now it's Dunkin' Donuts" - the saddest line in the video
Mark is always on The Pizza Show. Love that show with Frank Pinello.
Anyone who hasn’t seen the pizza episode of Ugly Delicious on Netflix should watch it.
I work as a delivery driver for a pizza company called Toppers. Some might know it. Although our store has fewer deep roots and traditions I could relate to the joy of making pizza and seeing repeat customers and people around the area.
I deliver in St. Paul and have a ton of customers I've seen at least once before, a few that I see once a month, and a few I see weekly!
St. Paul is such a charming city. I just moved to Minneapolis on the 1st of the year but I'm so glad I still deliver pizza in St. Paul. I think, just like Lucali, it's the town I'm meant to live in and don't want to leave.
Being a delivery driver in St. Paul has given me such cool visuals at work. It's a city full of old amazing architecture. I've made a few videos of it!
The snowfalls this year were absolutely a nightmare as a delivery driver, but I had a total blast in them. Everyone I work with at that store is super understanding. I took one delivery that took an hour and 45 minutes but everyone at the store didn't care because when it gets that bad we all have a mutual understanding of braving the elements that is so pure and wholesome.
So many St. Paul residents walked around with shovels or pulled over their cars to help push people out of being stuck. I had to get unstuck 6 times, 4 of which people pushed me. I did my best to push other people for the rest of the winter!
EDIT: since someone messaged me saying it was hail corporate, Toppers Pizza is good, if you're in the twin cities Pizza Luce is better. I still like working for Toppers. I'm sure I'd like working for Pizza Luce too but I'm happy where I am. Im not here to advertise, just be honest. And my point is more about St. Paul wholesomeness than the pizza place I work for.
So this guy's one of those many random people with little cooking experience who just says "fuck it, I'm gonna open my own restaurant" and unique among them in that he was actually really good at it.
Its nice to see good food bringing the community together.
I live in NYC and have been to Lucali, and it's absolutely fantastic. While the pizza is great (easily the most delicious and fresh basil I've ever had), there is better pizza in NYC (e.g. Di Fara, Rubirosa, Emily). However, their five-cheese calzone is one of the greatest things I've ever eaten in my life. It's just indescribably amazing, and as you eat it your first thought will be planning when you can return to Lucali to eat it again.
I've seen a bunch of videos and interviews featuring Mark Iacono, and he seems like a down-to-earth, friendly guy.
The pizza is good but the calzones are far and away the best I've ever had. Really wish there was not constantly an hour wait to get in.
As we are speaking of "pizza in its purest form", here is some footage from the place of birth of the pizza and more specifically the pizzeria that is internationally often considered as the best one in the world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJhK-Xj1SHA
It is actually quite similar, tho the Italian original one seems to be way more emphasizing the basics and the American one seems to use way more cheese.
Really enjoyed him on The Pizza Show and happy to see he got his own segment/thing here. His pizzas look delicious.
Anyone else wanna start a small business now?
I guarantee there is no tax stamp on those cigarettes.