The Shil-Shul Diaries

The story begins in a cramped booth at the "faux" New York deli 'Noshville' in Nashville TN on a blustry day after thanksgiving November Friday day in 2008. In between my wife, Rachel, and my brother, Michael, I sat across from my "cooler than me" cousins Mark and Sarah, and Sarah's just as cool husband, Danny. Mark, who lives the awesome life being a lawyer living in San Francisco working for Facebook, with his only downfall being his SEVERE lactardation..which has never been medically or scientifically proven to exist in Mark.. Sarah and Danny are foodies from NYC who have tried every dive "chicken finger" hut and "curry on a stick" in the big city. Danny and Sarah had discussed that they were trying to go to as many places from Bobby Flay's 'Throwdown' show as they could, and that there was one in Nashville we had to try.....a place that I had never heard of in my 13 years of living there..I will get to that adventure later.

I got an idea from my cool cousins idea. An idea became a hobby. And the hobby became an obsession. And thus produced the list.....a world-famous spreadsheet...of every restaurant that has ever been featured on Food Network and Travel Channel....every restaurant from the famous shows like "Throwdown", "Man V. Food", "Man v. Food Nation", "Food Feuds", "Food Wars", "Best Thing I Ever Ate", and "Diners Drive-Ins and Dives" to the obscure "Best Food Ever", "Meat and Potatoes", and "101 Best Places to Chowdown", plus my additions of the restaurants of famous chefs and local places of legend. Names, cities, food they are famous for, and addresses. It was and still is an obsession. As of 9:24am on January 7th, 2015, THE LIST HAS 3,116 RESTAURANTS ON IT...WITH A FEW OVERLAPS HERE AND THERE. And then over Pastrami Eggs Benedict at Nate N' Al's Deli in Beverly Hills, Hannah and Andrew, our good friends, gave me the idea of the blog. Document every place I went. And thus, "The Shil-Shul Diaries" was born. I will log the places, the shows they are from, and what I had. So far, every place I have been has been amazing, except two, one being mediocre, and another being down right awful.

If there is a city you have been to, or are going to, or are from and want to know what from my list is in the city, send me a email at shilshuldiaries@gmail.com

Monday, December 3, 2012

PIETRO'S









NEW YORK CITY

FROM BEST THING I EVER ATE


232 East 43rd Street New York, NY 10017-4713

http://www.pietrosnyc.com/


SOME CITIES ARE FAMOUS FOR A TYPE OF FOOD...NEW YORK HAS PIZZA, PHILLY HAS CHEESESTEAKS, MEMPHIS/KC/ST.LOUIS HAVE BBQ, CHICAGO HAS HOT DOGS, PIZZA, ITALIAN BEEF, AND POPCORN, MAINE HAS LOBSTER (NOT A CITY), NEW ORLEANS FOR TREFE....

BUT SOME CITIES ARE FAMOUS FOR A TYPE OF RESTAURANT..EAST COAST HAS THE DINER....SOUTH HAS WAFFLE HOUSE...WEST COAST HAS IN-N-OUT...AND NYC HAS THE NO WINDOWS, DARK, MOB RUN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE RESTUARANT...AND PIETRO'S IS THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THIS...

PIETRO'S WAS MY GRANDFATHER'S FAVORITE RESTAURANT.  THE PORTIONS ARE HUGE AND INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS! THE MAITRE DE HAS BEEN THERE SINCE 1930 AND KNOWS EVERYONE BY NAME!!

LIKE I SAID THIS IS A ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE, SO YOU GET A GIGANTIC STEAK WITH A SIDE OF PASTA!

I MAY BE ON THE "BANNED LIST" AT PIETROS....ONCE WHEN DINING THERE, THE SERVER, AN 80 YEAR OLD NAMED PHILIPE WHO HAS WORKED AT PIETROS, BROUGHT ME MY STEAK AND PASTA...AND I YELLED "HOLY SHIT THIS IS GOOD".....APPARANTLY NOT APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR FOR PIETRO'S



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