America's Classics: Totonno’s, Brooklyn, NY

A stone’s throw from the Cyclone, Totonno’s has been serving Neapolitan-style pies for more than 80 years, the sole hiatus beginning just before the restaurant’s owners accepted their 2009 America’s Classics award, when a fire forced Totonno’s to close for nearly a year. But it has finally reopened, much to the relief of Brooklyn regulars and pizza tourists, and early reports say the pies are better than ever. One of New York’s first pizzaiolos, Anthony “Totonno” Pero left his job making pizzas at Lombardi’s in 1924 to open a Coney Island pizzeria. His new enterprise, Totonno’s, has been in his family ever since. Lawrence Ciminieri, the fourth generation to be in charge, has stayed true to the original recipe. Each pizza is made with imported Italian tomatoes, locally made mozzarella, yeast, flour, salt, and not much else. The last—and arguably most important—component is the oven.

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On the Menu: May 30 through June 5

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Wednesday, June 2, 7:00 P.M. Along the Aegean What’s a rigorously French-trained chef and alum of Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, and French Laundry doing cooking Greek food in Atlanta? Some might say he’s fulfilling his destiny. The son of legendary restaurateur I. Pano Karatassos, the younger chef Karatassos has shaped Kyma into a nationally renowned Greek seafood mecca. Thursday, June 3, 6:00 P.M. Beard on Film Lights, camera, eat! Our annual preview party of the NYC Food Film Festival is back, featuring a walk-around feast, a trailer screening, and a discussion with some of the directors of this year’s entri

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Eye Candy: Masa Turnovers

At a Beard House dinner celebrating the cuisine of Oaxaca, the chefs served these tiny masa turnovers. (The Spanish word for "dough," masa is made from ground corn kernels that have been fire-dried and soaked in limewater.) To see more photos of the Oaxacan feast, click here.

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Recipes: Our Memorial Day Weekend Menu

Stock your cooler and get the grill hot: Memorial Day weekend is almost here! Whether you’re planning one of your legendary backyard parties or enjoying a simple meal on the porch, consider serving one or more of our favorite summertime recipes: Alexandre Dumas Potato Salad Lighten up the classic potato salad with James Beard's preferred version, which is moistened with olive oil and white wine instead of mayonnaise. Chile–Lime Skirt Steak Martha Hall Foose gets maximum tenderness and flavor out of skirt steak by applying a tangy marinade. Smoked Pinea

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Giveaway: Know Your Coffee

We’re back with more coffee knowledge from Master Barista Giorgio Milos. In addition to trivia, we’ve got a bonus video of the master himself demonstrating the perfect free-pour latte. (Does his art match the level of creativity we saw in our Latte Art Contest?)

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The Bookshelf: William Grimes's Favorite New York Restaurants of Yore

Many of New York's iconic dining establishments vanished from the pages of Zagat long ago, but there are some that William Grimes, former New York Times restaurant critic and author of Appetite City, told us he would love to eat in if he had a time machine. Here's a stroll down memory lane: Clark and Brown’s Chophouse Water Street, circa 1830 “One of the earliest and most famous examples of a restaurant style that, along with the oyster cellar (see below), defined New York dining. Mutton chops were the big thing, thick, juicy, and bordered with a nice stripe of fat. Bread toasted over the open fire with a fork was the usual accompaniment, along with English ale.” Dorlon’s Fulton Market, circa 1870 “Just finding Dorlon’s, the city’s premier oyster house, r

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