CULINARY OCCASIONS
It's National Pizza Week!

Who doesn't love pizza? The doughy bread, the dripping sauce and the delectable melting cheeses. You can top your pizza with almost anything- pepperoni, pineapple, sardines, even chocolate! (Check out Max Brenner's s'mores pizza.) And if you're a fan of all things authentic Italian (we're not talking Jersey Shore here) then you definitely enjoy a good brick oven baked pizza. So for a slice of Italy in the Big Apple, check out our list of the best brick oven pizza shops. Buon appetito!

32 Spring St, New York, NY 10012-4173

Multiple Locations

547 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Sapore di Sale is 'Magical'

Okay Magic Mike fans - we know there's lots of you out there - Channing Tatum was spotted at the bar at Da Mikele last week during their weeknight aperitivo hour...and we can't blame him.

The best summer party that doesn't take place on the beach is Sapore di Sale, the summer aperitivo at Da Mikele by Luzzo's. Sapore di Sale, meaning a taste of salt, is a classic Italian tune, perfect for a party.

RESTAURANT 101
Off the Beaten Path: 4 Dining Gems in NYC

La Nacional: Although this place may look a little dumpy on the outside, it's what's on your plate that really matters here. The tapas here are the most authentic I've tasted since living in Spain (no joke), and they even carry the elusive tinto de verano ($6). Spaniards - you know what I'm talking about (red wine w/ sparkling lemonade for those who don't). Order up a bunch of small plates or splurge on paella...either way, you'll go home happy.

Luzzo's: Venture into the cozy confines of chef Michele Iuliano's first of three NYC restaurants for some divine snacking. His Neapolitan pizza is deliciously light and won't leave you three sizes bigger post-meal. The joint is small, but gives off a warm vibe as if you were in a small, friendly Italian village. You know this place is the bee's knees when a long time customer thought the food was so good he had to become a part-owner (true story!).

DAILY BITES
7 Sins Pizza Tempts All

For one week only, Luzzo's will be serving up their limited edition 7 Sins Pizza (just in time for V-Day)! Master pizzaiolo Michele Luliano is celebrating the restaurant group's 7th Anniversary with this very special pizza. The pizza is inspired by the seven deadly sins, with seven toppings, served on an unusual crust shape called battilocchio (which means to blink).