Posts Tagged ‘pizza’

Robot-Made Pizza

November 29, 2018

Robot-Made Pizza

“Zume, the robotic pizza maker, is now valued at more than US $2 billion, thanks to its latest round of investment. According to The Wall Street Journal, this latest infusion of funds—$375 million—came entirely from SoftBank; and the Japanese conglomerate apparently has another $375 million at the ready should Zume need it. The valuation, in Silicon Valley terms, makes the new company a unicorn, one of the rare breed of startups thought to be worth over $1 billion.

This is just wrong. Because it’s just not good pizza.”

— “Zume, the Robotic Pizza Company, Makes Pies Only a Robot Could Love,” Tekla S. Perry, IEEE Spectrum

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Judge Orders ICE: Pizza Guy To Go

July 25, 2018

Judge Orders ICE: Pizza Guy To Go

A federal judge has ordered ICE to let imprisoned pizza deliveryman Pablo Villavicencio free. 54 days ago Mr. Villavicencio was delivering a lunch from Nonna Delia’s Pizzeria to Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton army base as usual, presenting his municipal ID at the entrance. The guard asked him for additional ID and, when he couldn’t produce it, called ICE, and immigration agents arrested him and took him to an ICE detention facility in New Jersey. The Ecuador-born undocumented deliveryman has been in the U.S.for ten years, married a U.S. citizen five years ago, and has two American-born daughters. His green card application is pending.

The case of the detained pizza deliveryman gathered wide attention because Brooklyn is a borough of immigrants and New York is a place where they don’t like to see working families broken up. Also, New Yorkers take their pizza very seriously. There was also outrage that members of the military acted as agents of the immigration service. Furor mounted, and area restaurants refused to deliver to Fort Hamilton. Now that Pablo Villavicencio is back with his family, maybe Brooklyn’s soldiers can get pizzas delivered again.

More:

“Pizza Delivery Man Detained by ICE Is Freed by Judge,” Liz Robbins, New York Times

“New York pizza delivery man to be freed as judge questions motive to deport him,” Larry Neumeister, AP via The Guardian

“Judge frees pizza deliveryman seized by ICE while doing his job,” Meagan Flynn, Washington Post

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Self-Driving Pizza

June 29, 2018

Self-Driving Pizza

Self-driving Domino’s Pizza vehicles now roam the streets of Miami:

“Consumers will soon be able to opt to order their pies, groceries, and on-demand rides to be conveyed via robot (with backup drivers behind the wheel in case of emergency). The county, meanwhile, hopes that the experiment can be a learning opportunity and a signal to other self-driving technology leaders.

‘We want to learn from Ford what it is we need to do to get ready for these vehicles, so that when AVs become a reality, fully, we’ll be one of the first communities to get them,’ said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Giménez. ‘We want to let the world know that Miami is ready to be a testbed.’”

— “Self-Driving Pizza Just Hit Miami,” Laura Bliss, CityLab

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Thin-Crust Cultural Heritage

December 8, 2017

Thin-Crust Cultural Heritage
Even though one in three of Italy’s pizza makers isn’t Italian, the UNESCO  Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has named Neapolitan pizza an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

“The art of the Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’ is a culinary practice comprising four different phases relating to the preparation of the dough and its baking in a wood-fired oven, involving a rotatory movement by the baker. The element originates in Naples, the capital of the Campania Region, where about 3,000 Pizzaiuoli now live and perform.” — UNESCO
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Pizza, a Thanksgiving Tradition

November 22, 2016

Pizza, a Thanksgiving Tradition

Fun Food Fact: The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days for take-out pizza, right up there with Super Bowl Sunday.

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Egyptians Make Italy’s Pizza

May 11, 2016

Egyptians Make Italy's Pizza

What’s more Italian than Pizza? 1.6 billion pizzas are eaten in Italy every year. The food has it’s own academy to train pizzaioli (pizza chefs) and has UNESCO Heritage status.

But making pizzas is hot, sweaty work, and Italians aren’t so eager to make pizzas these days, so many of Italy’s pizzas are being made by immigrants. 35% of Italy’s pizzaioli are from other countries, and 20% of them are Egyptian.

More:

“In Italy, one in three pizza makers isn’t Italian,” Annalisa Merelli, Quartz

Related:

“With A 2-Km. Pizza, Naples Aims To Deliver A Slice Of History,” Laurel Dalrymple, NPR

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Pizza consumption at highest level in four years

May 4, 2016

Pizza consumption at highest level in four years

We’re eating more pizza, according to sources in the pizza-industrial complex. The average American ate pizza four times a month in 2015, up from 3.4 times a month in 2014. 32% of consumers say the nutritional value of pies is important to them, up from 25% last year. But forget about veggies —  we want meat, prosciutto in higher-end joints and chicken at all eateries.

If you don’t care about statistics, here’s a pizza report from the NHL:

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Domino’s Robot Pizza Delivery

March 25, 2016

Domino's Robot Pizza Delivery

Domino’s R&D lab in Australia, in collaboration with Marathon Robotics, has developed the Domino’s Robotic Unit (DRU) prototype, a self-propelled autonomous unit that will deliver hot pies to your door. DRU is said to be “cheeky and endearing” with “a friendly persona.” Do you still have to tip?

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Pizza, a Thanksgiving Tradition

November 25, 2015

Pizza, a Thanksgiving Tradition
Fun Food Fact: The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days for take-out pizza, right up there with Super Bowl Sunday.

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Pizza Rat

September 28, 2015

Pizza Rat
Last week New York comedian Matt Little was at the First Avenue subway station waiting for the Canarsie Line when a fellow traveller walked down the stairs carrying a slice of pizza. Nothing unusual about that, except the diner was a rat. Mr. Little recorded a video on his phone, and it’s been watched 6 million times on YouTube:

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