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50 Top U.S. Pizzerias Announced

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A Neapolitan pizza with a puffy crust, tomato sauce, grated cheese, and basil from Una Pizza Napoletana in New York City
The excellent “Cosacca” from Una Pizza Napoletana.

Italy’s “50 Top Pizza” organization has just published their list of the top 50 pizzerias in the U.S. They’ve been ranking pizzerias all over the planet for years, but this is only the second time they’ve zoomed in on the U.S. Last year’s announcement came via an online event due to COVID protocol, but this year’s announcement was live and in person in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood. The big winner was Una Pizza Napoletana, an absolutely epic pizzeria that has moved from East Coast to West Coast and back over the past 2+ decades. It recently resettled in NYC’s Lower East Side after a pandemic suspension.

New York City faired well on the list, with 9 pizzerias in the list, followed by San Francisco and Portland (Oregon). I’ve only been to half of the spots on the list so it looks like I have some homework to do!

The List

  1. ​​Una Pizza Napoletana – New York, USA
  2. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana – San Francisco, USA
  3. Ribalta NYC – New York, USA
  4. Razza Pizza Artigianale – Jersey City, USA
  5. O’ Munaciello – Miami, USA
  6. Spacca Napoli Pizzeria – Chicago, USA
  7. Song’ E Napule – New York, USA
  8. La Leggenda Pizzeria – Miami, USA
  9. Pizzana – Los Angeles, USA
  10. Kesté Fulton – New York, USA
  11. Ken’s Artisan Pizza – Portland, USA
  12. Pizzeria Bianco – Phoenix, USA
  13. Jay’s Artisan Pizzeria – Kenmore, USA
  14. Ops – New York, USA
  15. Doppio Zero – San Francisco, USA
  16. Lovely’s Fifty Fifty – Portland, USA
  17. Partenope Ristorante – Dallas, USA
  18. Apizza Scholls – Portland, USA
  19. Flour House – San Luis Obispo, USA
  20. Forcella – New York, USA
  21. Pizzeria Mozza – Los Angeles, USA
  22. Roberta’s – New York, USA
  23. Pizzeria Beddia – Philadelphia, USA
  24. Mission Pizza Napoletana – Winston – Salem, USA
  25. Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana – Darnestown, USA
  26. A 16 – San Francisco, USA
  27. San Matteo – Pizzeria e Cucina – New York, USA
  28. Brick Fire Tavern – Honolulu, USA
  29. Del Popolo – San Francisco, USA
  30. Pasquale Jones – New York, USA
  31. Forno Rosso – Chicago, USA
  32. Il Forno – San Antonio, USA
  33. Pasquale’s Pizzeria – South Kingstown, USA
  34. Stanzione 87 – Miami, USA
  35. Coals Artisan Pizza – Louisville, USA
  36. Flour + Water Pizzeria – San Francisco, USA
  37. Robert’s Pizza and Dough Company – Chicago, USA
  38. Pomo – Scottsdale, USA
  39. Bufalina Due – Austin, USA
  40. Nostrana – Portland, USA
  41. Basil & Barley Pizzeria Napoletana – Colorado Springs, USA
  42. Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana – Irvine, USA
  43. Scottie’s Pizza Parlor – Portland, USA
  44. Cart-Driver RiNo – Denver, USA
  45. Bricco Coal Fired Pizza – Haddon Township, USA
  46. Roostica Wood-Fire Pizzeria – Key West, USA
  47. Diavola – Indianapolis, USA
  48. Spark Pizza – Redmond, USA
  49. Fabrica Pizza – Tampa, USA
  50. Craft 64 – Scottsdale, USA

I’m Bored of Lists

While I love anything that stirs up conversation about pizza, I have to admit I’m completely bored of lists. The more lists I see, the less I care about them. It seems like every week we get a new one. Most lists are just regurgitations of old ones, compiled by interns who spend 10 minutes searching “best pizza” before hitting the publish button. I don’t see any value in most lists because they offer nothing new. I saw a list a few weeks ago from a reputable website that offered inaccurate information that would have been avoided had a journalist actually visited the pizzerias.

My favorite list used to be the Daily Meal’s 101 Best Pizzeria in America. Until recently, Arthur Bovino produced the list by tapping dozens of experts to compiled this beast of a list. The methodology of this list changed up a year or two ago and now it’s just like all the others. There’s a similar list in Daniel Young’s massive Where To Eat Pizza, in which he pulled together experts in cities across the planet (I helped with the NYC section) to poll their own local contacts in advance of compiling a brick of a book with listings and information about each spot.

My Thoughts on the Top 50 List

To understand a list, you need to know who wrote it. This list comes to us from an Italian organization. They truly are experts and devotees of pizza as a craft. They have the deepest love for the food and I have a great deal of respect for that. Knowing this explains why the list is heavily weighted toward Neapolitan and other styles with Italian influence. I’m taken aback at how a list of U.S. pizzerias is missing so many American styles. I don’t see some of my New York favorites like L’industrie, Scarr’s, Patsy’s, and King Umberto. I don’t see any of the non-Neapolitan styles from Chicago. Nothing from Detroit. Nothing from New Haven. It’s strange to have a U.S. list missing so many U.S. styles.

Knowing who wrote a list is a prerequisite for understanding what a list means. This is a great list when you understand who wrote it. It’s an incomplete list if you take the headline as fact.

Selecting the 50 top pizzerias in the U.S. is a huge task that I wouldn’t dare undertake. I don’t know the full story behind how it’s assembled and I’m hoping to figure that out so I can continue to understand and talk about this list when it inevitably comes up on tours.

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solid list.
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Long Live the New Flesh


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So meaty!
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Right to Repair!

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"Apple shipped me a 79-pound iPhone repair kit to fix a 1.1-ounce battery. I'm starting to think Apple doesn't want us to repair them."

The thing you should understand about Apple's home repair process is that it's a far cry from DIY. I expected Apple would send me a small box of screwdrivers, spudgers, and pliers; I own a mini iPhone, after all. Instead, I found two giant Pelican cases -- 79 pounds of tools -- on my front porch. I couldn't believe just how big and heavy they were considering Apple's paying to ship them both ways. [...]

But I wasn't done yet. The single most frustrating part of this process, after using Apple's genuine parts and Apple's genuine tools, was that my iPhone didn't recognize the genuine battery as genuine. "Unknown Part," flashed a warning. Apparently, that's the case for almost all of these parts: you're expected to dial up Apple's third-party logistics company after the repair so they can validate the part for you. That's a process that involves having an entirely separate computer and a Wi-Fi connection since you have to reboot your iPhone into diagnostics mode and give the company remote control. Which, of course, defeats a bunch of the reasons you'd repair your own device at home! [...]

Yeah, none of that surprised me. What surprised me was the price tag.

  • $69 for a new battery -- the same price the Apple Store charges for a battery replacement, except here I get to do all the work and assume all the risk.
  • $49 to rent Apple's tools for a week, more than wiping out any refund I might get for returning the old used part.
  • A $1,200 credit card hold for the toolkit, which I would forfeit if the tools weren't returned within seven days of delivery. [...]

Apple can say it's giving consumers access to everything, even the same tools its technicians use, while scaring them away with high prices, complexity, and the risk of losing a $1,200 deposit. This way, Apple gets credit for walking you through an 80-page repair, instead of building phones where -- say -- you don't need to remove the phone's most delicate components and two different types of security screws just to replace a battery.

To me, those giant Pelican cases are the proof. It would cost Apple a fortune to ship 79 pounds of equipment to individual homes all over the country, even with corporate discounts. [...] It would cost us upwards of $200 just to return those cases to their sender. Yet Apple offers free shipping both directions with your $49 rental.

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Basically, Apple sends you the tools that Apple uses to do these jobs, at the price that Apple charges for doing those jobs. Unfortunately, the reason that people want Right to Repair is because Apple's prices are too high, and Apple's methods of repair are too inefficient, if you could just get individual components instead of entire assemblies, then you could get the repair done at a price that makes sense, rather than being nearly the cost of a new phone.
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Java Cryptography Implementation Mistake Allows Digital-Signature Forgeries

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Interesting implementation mistake:

The vulnerability, which Oracle patched on Tuesday, affects the company’s implementation of the Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm in Java versions 15 and above. ECDSA is an algorithm that uses the principles of elliptic curve cryptography to authenticate messages digitally.


ECDSA signatures rely on a pseudo-random number, typically notated as K, that’s used to derive two additional numbers, R and S. To verify a signature as valid, a party must check the equation involving R and S, the signer’s public key, and a cryptographic hash of the message. When both sides of the equation are equal, the signature is valid.


For the process to work correctly, neither R nor S can ever be a zero. That’s because one side of the equation is R, and the other is multiplied by R and a value from S. If the values are both 0, the verification check translates to 0 = 0 X (other values from the private key and hash), which will be true regardless of the additional values. That means an adversary only needs to submit a blank signature to pass the verification check successfully.

Madden wrote:

Guess which check Java forgot?

That’s right. Java’s implementation of ECDSA signature verification didn’t check if R or S were zero, so you could produce a signature value in which they are both 0 (appropriately encoded) and Java would accept it as a valid signature for any message and for any public key. The digital equivalent of a blank ID card.

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Neoliberal John Snow

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The father of epidemiology, but neoliberal. Addressing preventable disease through deregulation and individualism.

This whole account is pure gold.

  • Broad street businesses were complaining so I reinstalled the pump handle.

  • There is no parliamentary solution to the 1854 cholera epidemic. Cholera will be circulating in our community for hundreds of years and we must realize a new normal of life.

  • I'm relieved to let you know that most people dying from cholera in the 1854 epidemic have multiple comorbidities.

  • I respect the individual choices of all Londoners in this 1854 cholera epidemic. If you have cholera and want to defecate in the drinking water, that is your individual freedom. If you are afraid of getting cholera yourself, simply don't drink, cook, clean, or bathe with water.

  • We've been struggling with the 1854 cholera epidemic for so long. Zero Cholera isn't a realistic goal. The parliament simply cannot allocate the necessary funds to upgrade the London sewage system.

    Look at that! The Royal Navy received a larger budget increase than requested.

  • The cholera epidemic of 1854 has split Londoners into two adversarial groups: Those who will defecate in the drinking water and those who won't. Can't we find middle ground to heal this rift, and simply drink the feces-contaminated water?

  • The 1854 cholera epidemic has disproportionately burdened the destitute. Calls for Queen Victoria to provide support for this group have not gone unheard, and she now recommends that these people stop being poor.

  • The Supreme court ruling means companies can now take down their burdensome "Employees Must Wash Hands Before Returning to Work" signs. Great news for businesses in this 1854 cholera epidemic.

  • Our restaurant industry is ready to serve you in this 1854 cholera epidemic! If you are having uncontrollable diarrhea when you arrive at the restaurant, please be sure to hold it in until you are seated at your table.

  • The 1854 cholera epidemic has been difficult for Londoners. To alleviate this burden, Queen Victoria is proud to announce that each household in London can register to receive 4 entire squares of toilet paper! Please avoid contracting cholera during the 7-10 day shipping window.

  • As I watch excrement dribble down the pantleg of the grocery clerk and expand the puddle on the floor of the produce department, I smile. Our 'Get to Work' policies allowed this boy with the sunken eyes to meaningly contribute to the economy, despite the 1854 cholera epidemic.

  • It's not an 'anti-clean-water' protest, they just oppose any mandate for the installation of sewers during the 1854 cholera epidemic.

  • You orphans have nothing to complain about. Your parents died WITH cholera, not FROM cholera. They really died from hypovolemic shock.

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It makes sense if you don't think about it.
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IRS login makes you take a selfie for this security company you've never heard of

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I see no way this could possibly go wrong.

You'll soon have to prove your identity to a Virginia-based security company called ID.me in order to file a return, check tax records, or make payments on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website. Your old username and password credentials -- if they still work -- will stop working in the summer of 2022. [...]

ID.me compares your selfie with your driver's license or passport image to verify you are who you say you are. It might also ask for other documentation, such as a copy of a recent bill. If the system still isn't satisfied, it may even ask you to jump on a video call with a human representative. [...] The company says it's also devised ways for overseas, under-documented, or homeless people to verify their identities.

Uh huh.

ID.me says a total of ten federal agencies use its system, including the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration.

The IRS, of course, is a big agency that deals directly with many millions of individuals and businesses. ID.me will become responsible for a huge amount of personally identifiable information -- at a time when cyberattacks on government networks have become common. Recall the 2015 cyberattack on the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM), in which cybercriminals gained access to 22.1 million government personnel records, including those of government employees and their families, and people who had undergone background checks. [...]

And ID.me can store tax filers' personal data for up to seven and a half years, the representative tells me in an email. [...]

In the event of a data leak, however, your options for redress are somewhat limited. At the very top of the ID.me terms of service, you'll find an all-caps statement saying that by using ID.me you agree to binding arbitration in the event of a dispute, and wave your right to join a class action against the company.

I first encountered this bullshit a few months ago.

My business, DNA Lounge, tried to apply for the "California Venues Grant Program funded by the State of California and administered by CalOSBA", and we couldn't even begin the application process without me personally submitting to this techbro biometric-harvesting bullshit by ID.me. And I wouldn't do that, so we couldn't apply.

There are many ways to prove who I am to the State of California, and giving my biometric information to some third-party for-profit data-harvester with a Montenegro domain is not an acceptable one.

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Yeah, fuck this.
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