Friday, November 14, 2014

Goodfella's Staten Island-Thank you Staten Island for Allowing us to Serve You for 22 Years

3 Time World Champion Pizza Men thank the Staten Island New York community for allowing them to be of Service for 22 Years
Goodfella’s Brick Oven Pizza of Staten New York is celebrating 22 year of service to the people of New York at their original location on Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island. Founded by former NYPD sergeant Marc Cosentino and his brother Scot with native Staten Islander Andrew Scudera an Eagle Scout and partner, the men have put the amazing amount of press, news articles, TV, magazine and radio interviews to good use with the unyielding support of a loyal customers. “ Our philosophy of treating everyone like family and helping whenever possible has helped form an army of volunteers and moreover helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for people in need and community groups” said Andrew Scudera. One of the more recent events was Hurricane Sandy and their response despite suffering tens of thousands of dollars in equipment and supply losses. “We were flooded and without power for over a week but we got it under control, began the clean with help from our friends and started using our wood fired brick oven to cook for our neighbors while we recovered ourselves”. What did that equate to? Facebook requests and calls for donations to get a tractor trailer set up in the parking lot with supplies, volunteers flooding in from around the country, NYPD and NYFD first responders, teachers, housewives, contractors, students, religious groups, veterans and family members amounting to hundreds strong including the former head of the NYC Detectives Union and a Marine Captain just back from Afghanistan running logistics. “Seeing the desperate state of my friends and customers who were literally left with the shirt on their backs was motivation to work for up to 18 hours a day for months coordinating and aligning efforts between the Mayors office, Red Cross, Churches, VFW, Bikers, Occupy Wall Street( changed to Occupy Sandy), NYPD, Tunnel to Towers, Gyon Rescue, The Marine Corp League and countless people who worked tirelessly behind the scenes despite personal hardships” said Marc Cosentino. “Us Foods dropped off a trailer of ingredients to get things rolling when supply lines were cut, local cops and business men brought food and supplies to donate, the International Association of Scientologists gave us a $30,000 dollar donation to help feed and house the out of town volunteers and provide supplies, the Pentecostal church run by a former New York City Transit Captain became another storage and distribution center along with setting up sleeping quarters for the ever growing group of out of state volunteers, housewives with their infants in car seats were preparing meals and going house to house in the cold and dark to feed the hungry. The Marine Corp League brought out a monster truck and set up a huge supply tent to receive and distribute food and supplies. The volunteers were working without complaint under very tough conditions gutting houses and running supplies day and night. Many times the overwhelming humanity of it all was hard to bear” added Scot. But they were no strangers to making it go right despite the horrendous situation. 911 was a big wake up call, the country was attacked and Goodfella’s went to work 24 hours a day the first weeks running food up to ground zero and supplying food daily to workers at the Staten Island dump going through the debris, despite a drastic cut in business and no financial support resulting in tremendous financial stress later on down the line for months to come. “The money didn’t matter when your friends and co-workers have been murdered and the only way you can help is cook. We started to see the return from our customers and friends that would stop by to thank us and just be part of the effort. It takes a lot of people to coordinate and deliver that amount of food besides the time involved to get to these locations” said Marc. Goodfella’s provided a place to “arrest people” and hold the customers hostage handcuffed to the chairs to raise $10,000 for the Jerry Lewis Muscular dystrophy foundation. They catered the Presidential Yacht in DC to help raise money for the 911 fund. Not only that but Goodfella’s has done fund raising for dine out for hunger, toy drives with United States Marines, hosted autistic children each week making pizza boxes for therapy, donated to bazaars, charity drives, local churches, schools, bowling teams, little league and even arranged to give away 1000 slices of pizza and 1000 cokes at the Staten Island Ferry as a thank you to the people of Staten Island-sadly after all the TV, radio and newspaper coverage announcing the free pizza the ferry crashed with catastrophic results. Goodfella’s gave all the food to rescue workers responding to the scene. The care and help they provide is evident in any one act but when you add up the week in and week out donations to local events, food prep for charities and kids over the last 22 years, the amount of help is staggering. “The message is thank you to all our customers who have been unsung heroes behind the scenes, none of this could happen without you and every little act ads up and helps someone.” Andrew said with a note of encouragement. Please share this be sure to stop by the original Goodfella’s on Hylan Boulevard when you are in town.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Celebrity Chef Visits Goodfella's Pizza for a Slice From the Revolving Brick Oven

Pascal Rigo, for instance, the entrepreneur/chef who sold "La Boulangerie Bakery to Starbucks in 2012, happened to be in the dining room for lunch on Wednesday. He said he appreciates "good, fresh ingredients" and the passion of the cooks behind it.
"That's why we're here ... because they're passionate and they use good ingredients," said Rigo before biting into a Goodfella's slice.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Slice Out Hunger is a Fast Casual Pizza Party Success For the NY Food Bank

Pizza places from all over New York City and surrounding areas came together for a fantastic night of fun and eating to raise money for the New York City Food Bank. The yearly event is called Slice Out Hunger and was founded by Scott Wiener to incorporate his love of pizza with a fun way to provide meals for the New York Food Bank. This years event was attended by a whose who of New York Pizza from the world renowned Goodfella's Brick Oven Pizza of Staten Island to new comers such as Pizzetteria Brunetti, Table 87 and even Tony Boloney's from Jersey were on hand along with about 50 other restaurants to make this fund raiser a fantastic dough raising event. Lines formed early and went for blocks around the event hall in SOHO and were responsible for donating enough to provide 150,000 meals to those in need. "I have never seen so many happy New Yorkers  in one place" said Marc Cosentino of the New York Brick Oven Co.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Best Wishes to our Friends at Spin Neapolitan

A new store is about to open in Oklahoma!

The crew at New York Brick Oven Co. extends it's best wishes for success to our friends at
 Spin Neapolitan Pizza.
That pizza looks good :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Super Pizza Recipe from Northern Italy for Fast Casual

The flavor leaps from this simple pizza!
This pizza was prepared in Trento Italy in by our friend Albert in a 140 model revolving brick oven at approximately 750 degrees.  

The best things in life are sometimes easy too.

First- you will need an easy Neapolitan dough for a base which is then generously covered with fresh buffalo mozzarella broken in pieces and a very light spattering of tomato sauce.  Then (and this is key) after it is baked to perfection you slice fresh sopressa and gently fold it over your pizza in a delicate blanket. Next comes the artichoke hearts and finally the Gaeta olives.  The savory meat, delicate crust with hints of yeast and the tangy olives combine with rich cheese and artichokes to delight the pickiest of pallets.
Sauce can be substituted by a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil if you prefer but as with any delectable dish-you can only get out of it what you put into it, so use the best available ingredients, then bake to perfection  in your New York Brick Oven.  I you need to learn the Art of Pizza please contact the Pizza School of New York, they can make it easy for you and get you started on the right foot.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pizza Concept Trends

An Exciting Time For Pizza

The New Wave of Entrepreneurs have hit the ground running.

Fast casual, locally sourced, artisan pizza, organic and build your own are the buzz words being tossed about and of course there is the "Chipotle of Pizza" dream being expressed by the media but some ingredients are universal in the latest "Gold Rush" of pizza. First and foremost is the idea of building your own or designing your own pizza. Although it's not  a new idea to such Industry standards as Goodfella's from Staten Island New York which in known for it's Vodka pie, the open counter display of ingredients through a glass partition where the customer choose the toppings, thus "building" his own pizza" is now the predominant part of many of the new concepts.  The artisan part of pizza making is being reinterpreted to mean choose your toppings and hand made instead of hand made dough which is then hand stretched and cooked by a skilled pizza man in an authentic brick oven but customers are not that choosy yet as the competition is still evolving. Speed is foremost at this time but is not making it necessary to sacrifice product at places using the revolving brick ovens to cook hand tossed dough at such  an amazing rate of speed and consistency that it would make a Neapolitan Pizza Man smile. Organic ingredients are a bonus for some places looking to offer a healthier pizza, while local growers are being utilized as an incentive to be part of the community. Trendy places with exciting themes are taking the place of the old mom and pop slice places and offer somewhere different from the typical Pizza Franchise to take the family on pizza night. With the market share of fast casual pizza increasing by leaps and bounds it is anyone's guess as to who will be the "Chipotle of Pizza". Regardless of who dominates the market it is a win-win for all pizza lovers.