If you’ve been online in NYC for longer than I’d care to think about, you may remember Slice. It was the original pizza blog, founded in 2003. Slice was full of pizza reviews and links to quirky-stupid news about pizza. But more than that, it was a place where pizza enthusiasts from all over could gather and shoot the breeze about dough, sauce, and cheese. These days, the word community w/r/t online spaces seems trite, overused, and, increasingly, improbable. But Slice truly did foster a community of pizza lovers and, dare I say, even changed lives.
Famous Original Slice is probably a pale imitation thereof, but after years of pecking out “content” to benefit Instagram, I wanted a space of my own again to house my pizza intel. And so here we are. Famous Original Slice forgoes the dumb “reblogged” links of yore in favor of original reports on pizza I’ve eaten somewhat recently.
Who am I?
I’m Adam L. Kuban. These days, you probably know me from my pizza-heavy Instagram account. But you may also remember me from Slice (see above), A Hamburger Today (Slice’s sister site for burgery), and/or Serious Eats, where I was the founding editor and helped guide that popular food site to two James Beard Awards. Or maybe you’re here because you’ve heard of MARGOT’S PIZZA, the pop-up pizza event I put on occasionally?*
However you arrived, welcome. I hope you find the blabbage here useful and delicious.
Obligatory third-person biographical note: Adam Kuban lives in Forest Hills, Queens, with his wife and their 7-year-old daughter, Margot. He enjoys cooking, urban hiking (aka “long walks”), thinking about riding bicycles, and naps. He has lived in NYC since The Year 2000. Prior to that that he did some time in the Portland, Oregon, area (living the dream of the ’90s in the ’90s), but grew up in the Kansas City suburbs. He was born in Wisconsin, which explains his love of cheese and Midwest thin-crust pizza.
* Didn’t you used to blog about pizza on a secret blog on the Margot’s Pizza website? you may be asking? Yes. I did. Why the new site? Well, it just seemed confusing to have a website for an occasional pop-up pizza project also have a bunch of info about other pizzerias on it. The leap in logic might not be too large for those who have been following me online forever, but for newcomers, it seemed a bit disjointed. When’s the next pop-up? Honestly, I don’t know.