'Pizza - A Love Story' [DVD]
(Dave Portnoy, Henry Winkler, Lyle Lovett, Rick Nielsen, et al / DVD / NR / (2019) 2020 / MVD Visual)
Overview: Learn about the history, the families, the love and design that goes into each pie. Moreover, discover a completely new appreciation for pizza as true culinary art..
DVD Verdict: In the 6 block radius of Wooster square lies the trifecta, Sally's, Pepe's and Modern. Three pizza palaces loved by everybody from Presidents to Rock Stars.
Even Frank Sinatra used to send his driver all the way from Hoboken just to pick up some pies. And to the people of the Elm City, there's no question.
Since Frank Pepe first wheeled his bread cart down Wooster street in 1925, New Haven has been home to the finest pizza on the planet. Coming off the success of his last feature, 'Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements,' which Rolling Stone named "one of the seven best music documentaries of the year," director Gorman Bechard moves from one lifelong obsession to another.
This time taking a look at the long history, the families, the high and the lows of three universally recognized restaurants, and how a city that itself has gone through many highs and lows, has always rallied behind them.
In truth, anyone who has spent some time in southern Connecticut has probably heard about New Haven Pizza. This film does a great deep dive into the history, and the reasons why it has such a reputation.
As someone who went to school in the area, I fell in love with New Haven style pizza from the very first bite, and have craved it ever since.
This documentary made me nostalgic for the time I spent there, and made me want to get back in the car and take a pilgrimage back to the true Mecca of the pizza world.
Don't let anyone tell you otherwise, New Haven is the pizza capital of the world, and this film will help you understand why, and hopefully, inspire you to try it for yourself.
Not your typical dry documentary, 'Pizza - A Love Story' relates the history of pizza and how three pizza "families" caused New Haven, Connecticut to become the Pizza Capital of the World (IMHO).
You will surprised by the appearances of many well-known persons as they share their love for pizza. The soundtrack and humor sprinkled throughout make the 85 minutes fly by.
Do not miss this! You'll never again think of pizza as just a cheap dinner after seeing this film!
'Pizza - A Love Story' also features a Commentary from director Gorman Bechard, co-producers Dean Falcone and Colin M. Caplan Lyle Lovett on Pepe's Pizzeria, Michael Bolton on Wooster Street, Making Pizza with Modern's Bill Pustari, Italian American Culture in New Haven, Urban Renewal in New Haven, Hy Katz Explains the Pizza Boy Song, There Can Be No Favorites, Q&A with director Gorman Bechard, co-producers Dean Falcone and Colin M. Caplan on opening night in New Haven, The Original Opening, Original Trailers and a few more special surprises in who shows up on camera! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Deleted & Extended Scenes
New Haven Opening Night Q&A
'Pizza - A Love Story' [DVD] is out September 29th, 2020 via MVD Visual.
'Pizza - A Love Story' Official Trailer