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

RESTAURANT 101
The Much Anticipated Bowery Diner Now Open

The long-awaited Bowery Diner finally opened to customers over the weekend. Chef Mathieu Palombino, of Motorino, will be offering fresh new takes on classic American fare, mixed with a bit of Belgian style. You can expect to find treats like double patty burgers, duck fat curly fries, reubens, steak frites and more at this new joint. The diner seats 130 patrons and will be open late night, serving bevvies from their full service bar.

BEST OF
These Are a Few of My Favorite Things...

As they say, all good things must come to an end. Acting as Joonbug's Food Editor for the last five months has been swell, but unfortunately this will be my last article for the publication. I know what you're thinking, I'm going to write about the epic dinner I just had at Per Se a la Sam Sifton's farewell as the New York Times Restaurant Critic. Well, guess what? You're wrong. I've actually never eaten at Per Se. Writer-waitress-chef's with student loans don't really mess with two-hundred and ninety five dollar tasting menus. Unfortunate, but true. Instead, I'm going to give you my love list- a quick account of all my favorite food things in New York City. I've only just begun to scratch the surface here in my new home and this a very short list of chosen ones, but these are a few of my absolutely favorite restaurants and holes in the wall that make me never want to leave the fat and juicy Big Apple.

BLUE POINT BREWING COMPANY
The Village Voice's Third Annual Tasting Event

On March 22, 2010, join Village Voice's food critics Robert Sietsema and Sarah Digregorio at Choice Eats, The Village Voice's Third Annual Tasting Event, and feel like food critic yourself. Carefully selected by Sietsema and DiGregorio, Choice Eats will host over 50 restaurants from over 35 nations, which include Vietnam, Italy, Brazil, Russia, Cambodia, Tunisia, and many others.

With over 50 restaurants, and a diverse variety of cuisine, I suggest that you try to limit what you eat throughout the day, because getting full after the first couple restaurants is not an option. Restaurants include Porchetta, The Vanderbilt, Motorino, Fatty Crab, Mama's Food Shop, Lucy's Whey, DuMont, Jimmy's No. 43, Egg, Agnanti Restaurant, Dirt Candy, and dozens of others. Handpicked by the two critics, their goal was to bring these culinary hidden treasures out to shine. Great food is not just found in Craft, Eleven Madison Park, and Per Se.

BROOKLYN
Motorino's Pizza Pie, That's Amore

Winner of the eastern division of "America's Best Pizza", Motorino has opened a second location in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, the first is in the East Village. Fortunately for Brooklyn inhabitants, Motorino's Brooklyn location is the better of the two. Michelin-starred chef Mathieu Palombino has had another culinary success, in bringing us the city's best pizza.

With a crispy, but soft and sweet crust, Motorino's wood fire cooked pizza is another tough competition to those already infamous pizzerias of New York. Both the Margherita pizza, made with their tangy tomato sauce, cow's milk cheese, and basil, and the Margherita DOC pizza, buffalo mozzarella is substituted for the cow's milk cheese, are equally exceptional. The Stracciatella pizza, which can be made with or without sauce, is topped with melted cheese, garlic, raw basil, sea salt, and drizzled with olive oil. Before the winter is over, try to make it for their seasonal Filetti pizza; the perfectly baked crust crowned with melted cow's milk cheese, garlic, red cherry tomatoes, and thyme. Brussel sprout pizza with smoked pancetta, covered with cow's milk cheese, garlic, and parmigiano reggiano, is unforgettable and should be ordered if your stomach is still pulled by hunger.

FETTE SAU
Village Voice Taste Testing

The Village Voice is following through with its annual restaurant tasting event. Tickets for ‘Choice Eats’ go on sale tomorrow, for a mere $35. The March 31 event has moved from the Puck Building to the 69th Armory. Buzz surrounding the event holds promises of a larger spectacle than last year, irregardless of any current economic setbacks.

Restaurants as varied as Motorino, Pinche Taqueria, Momofuku Milk Bar, and Fette Sau are expected to make a showing. The list of participating venues is expected to grow as The Village Voice’s own Robert Sietsema searches the boroughs for unique and original ethnic cuisine.