In a city with more than 1,600 pizza parlors, New York City’s Paulie Gee’s is regarded as the napkins-down best slice in town according to many local aficionados. “Paule Gee’s is my favorite pizza joint in New York,” says Brooklyn pizza expert and creator of the Snack Compass app Jason LaFerrera. “The Hell Boy is the perfect marriage of salty and sweet. The combination of Sopressata and honey make me consider adding pork products to my trail mix.” And pretty soon you won’t have to take the Bolt Bus to the city to sample those delights; this week, Paulie Gee’s announced that its branch in Hampden (3535 Chestnut Avenue, aka the former Hampden Republican Club) will be opening “ASAP.”
With the zoning hearing complete and crucial pizza equipment on its way from Naples, Hampdenites should be able to pick up a slice of Paulie’s any day now. Excitement has been building since Eater.com named the pizza joint one of the 35 most anticipated restaurants of the spring and summer — nationwide. Also exciting: the restaurant will be a partnership with the elusive Pizzablogger, a beloved (and anonymous) online pizza enthusiast, who will collaborate with Paulie Gee on the menu.
But since it’s not open yet, we’ll have to subsist on tantalizing hints from the restaurant’s Facebook page:
“Any vegans out there? We’ll have an entire selection of pies strictly for you, including the Vegan Grapeful Dead: Baby Spinach, Olive Oil, Nutritional Yeast and Pickled Red Grape Halves cooked faster than a microwave in our wood burning ovens.”
‘#Hampden and #Baltimore, I can’t wait for the summer day to tell you all to Go Fig Yourself: Black mission figs, fior-di-latte, gorgonzola, prosciutto di parma & orange blossom honey.”
“Excited to introduce the Delboy to #Hampden: fior-di-latte, italian tomatoes, berkshire sopressata piccante and parmigiano-reggiano.”
Excuse me now while I wipe the drool off my keyboard.
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