#SCBDRecipe: Pizza Grilled Cheese for National Grilled Cheese Day!


Sandwiches. Pizza. Grilled cheese. What happens if you blend all three of these tasty and amazing things? PIZZA GRILLED CHEESE, that’s what!

So, in honor of National Grilled Cheese Day I will share a fantastic Pizza Grilled Cheese recipe with you. This is one you will want to make over and over!

What you need:

  • 4 slices of bread
  • Butter
  • Italian seasoning
  • Pepperoni
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Marinara sauce

What to do:

  1. Butter each piece of bread on one side and create your sandwiches in layers.
  2. Start with mozzarella, Italian seasoning and parmesan,
  3. Add a layer of sliced pepperoni and top with mozzarella (if any other toppings are desired, add now) and a slice of bread.
  4. Repeat with second sandwich.
  5. Grill in a skillet, on medium heat, until crispy and golden brown. When bottom slice is golden brown then flip over carefully. Once both sides are brown remove from pan cut and serve with pizza sauce if desired.

#SCBDExclusive: .@CarrollPlaceNYC makes it debut on Bleecker Street this Thursday!



Carroll Place, conceptualized by Sergio Riva and AJ Bontempo, the team behind Osteria Cotta on the Upper West Side, will open at 157 Bleecker Street in the South Village on March 20, 2014. The 170-seat Italian-American wine bar and gastro pub will bring the successful Osteria Cotta concept, which Riva and Bontempo have always considered representative of a “downtown” experience to its geographic inspiration, while paying homage to the building’s and area’s history. At Carroll Place, New Yorkers will savor classic Cotta favorites in addition to more gastro pub-focused dishes amid a completely re-imagined space.

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The restaurant’s 6,700 square feet are steeped in history. Formally Kenny’s Castaways, where such rock stars as Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith and The Fugees took center stage early in their careers, Carroll Place’s new moniker is derived from the original circa 1830s name for the section of Bleecker Street between Thompson Street and LaGuardia Place. Riva and Bontempo opted to strip the building down to its core, removing all the nearly 200-year old floors and wood beams for re-purposing throughout Carroll Place to assure the new restaurant boasts an authentic patina of age. As the restaurant was rebuilt from the basement/ground up, they strategically recycled all the extracted wood beams and flooring for tables (including the bar area’s massive communal high-top), wall paneling, shelving and the hostess stand. Even Kenny’s old stair case railings were reused as decoration. The undulating, rustic tavern-esque 20-seat bar overlooks the custom built wood oven stove, where several of Carroll Place’s mainstay dishes and pizzas will be prepared. Upstairs, Carroll Place’s vintage brick and rose velvet banquette lined “Living Room” mirrors the intimate dining setting at Cotta with soft, romantic lighting, homey, mismatched-by-design furniture, area rugs and hidden alcoves, in addition to a cocktail bar.

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Carroll Place will present a selection of popular Cotta dishes on their new dinner menu including a slew of gastro pub selections and an extensive beer selection suitable for Bleecker Street including Wood Fired Rosemary Wings; Pork Ragu and Short Rib Sliders;  and a Burrata Burger with grilled tomato and prosciutto. Other signature dishes include:Wood Fire Free Range Chicken with broccoli rabe and olives; Linguine Vongole with clams, white wine, chili flakes and tomato; and a NY Strip Steak served with truffle fries and a watercress salad. Carroll Place has enlisted the help of famed pizzaillo Federico Crociani to oversee their wood fire pizza selections. The restaurant will introduce new signature pizzas including the Tartufo with speck, truffle cream, button mushrooms, fresh mozzarella and truffle oil. The Bruxellespizza combines pancetta, Brussel sprouts and fresh mozzarella. And for dessert, Carroll Place will adopt Cotta’s signatureWood Fired Nutella Calzone 

An extensive beverage program at Carroll Place will offer 20 wine options by-the-glass, five wines on tap, 16 draft beers, micro brews, imports and domestic. Signature cocktails will include La Cotta made with bourbon, Campari, maraschino liquer, pomegranate molasses and brandied cherry. The Bleecker Street Sour will feature Rittenhouse Rye, Amaretto, lemon, egg white and Angostura.

 Carroll Place, located at 157 Bleecker Street, will be open Sunday – Wednesday from 5:00PM – 2:00AM and Thursday –Saturday from 5:00Pm – 4:00AM. For additional information, please visit www.carrollplacenyc.com or call 212-260-1700. Reservations only accepted for parties of 6 or more. Follow Carroll Place on Twitter @CarrollPlaceNYC, Instagram @CarrollPlaceNYC or Facebook www.facebook.com/CarrollPlace.

#SCBDEventRecap: #SCBDTeam takes Pizza Making Class at .@MilliesOldWorld



Recently, the SCBD Team attended a pizza making class at Morristown, New Jersey’s own Millie’s Old World Meatballs and Pizza. Millie’s is a family style restaurant that was first opened by two brothers in honor of their grandmother and boasts an extensive menu of authentic Italian cuisine prepared in wood-fire and coal-burning ovens. Read what the team had to say about Millie’s, but be warned: your taste buds will soon be screaming for a taste of Millie’s dinner menu!

Being founder & Editor-in-chief of SCBD, I am always happy and love to give my team and I awesome experiences that we all love, whether it be a food and beverage adventure, fitness, etc! I came across Millie’s this summer when Jason & I were walking through Morristown looking for a place to have dinner. We didn’t want to go to a place we ate at before and Millie’s looked interesting, and we really liked the menu. We had a superb experience that time we went so once I saw Millie’s offered pizza making classes I knew the SCBD Team and I had to check it out and fill you in on the amazing experience.

Mind you, I was jetlagged that day due to work travel the week before and I had a great time and tried not to let it get in my way. Our instructor was the executive chef, Pete. He gave us the basics on the pizza dough, showed us how to properly roll it and last, create and cook our pizzas. We were treated to lunch filled with Millie’s specialties from their vodka and marinara meatballs, signature salads, prosciutto and handmade mozzarella and more. They also provided us with their variety of fountain drinks and they had ice for us to put our wine in.  I would recommend this to any foodie who wants to have a fun party or celebration, you learn a lot about pizza making and get to enjoy the great food serve.
 - Sara Monica, The Small Chick

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This Small Chick, Big Deals team event was a Pizza Making Event, and I do recommend doing this with your friends or family. We were taught how to properly roll out the dough, some history of the restaurant, and the options of pizza we have. Then, our instructor explained all the choices of toppings, cheese, and sauces we could use. They had a ton of choices. I couldn’t choose just one, so I split my pizza into three sections. The first two sections I put red sauce and a white pizza base with a vegetable mix (which included eggplant, peppers, artichokes, zucchini, and mushrooms,) and I topped it with basil. The final section was a white truffle cream and Prosciutto. Once the toppings were on it, we had the chef take the pizza and cook it. It took less than 90 seconds to bake! Then it was done. I loved all three types, but my absolute favorite was the Truffle cream and Prosciutto.

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Once we got back to the table, we had meatballs waiting for us in two different sauces: Vodka and Marinara. We also had two salads, the Arcadian Salad (which had candied walnuts, gorgonzola with apple smoked bacon in an apricot vinaigrette) and an Antipasto Salad. Everything was so good, the meatballs were so big and tasted so fresh. I couldn’t choose which sauce I liked better, both were so tasty. -Kristen Heard 

My first time at Millie’s was definitely a memorable one. Pete, our instructor, was very friendly and patient with us pizza novices, and I really enjoyed learning about what it takes to make some delicious pizza. I loved how hands-on the experience was and that we could make mistakes and Pete was there to help us get it right. The best part was being able to be behind the counter and make my pizza just like the employees do. Watching the process while dining is one thing but to be a part of it was fun and exciting. The sauces and toppings to choose from were delicious from freshly made mozzarella to a truffle sauce, (what?!) which were both absolutely amazing on my pizza. After making our pizzas we came back to a table full of meatballs, salads, fresh mozzarella and prosciutto as well as an antipasto. We ended the meal with a Nutella pie which was the cherry on top of a delicious meal. I highly recommend going to Millie’s for some amazing food and a friendly staff. I will definitely go back for more deliciousness! -Kristen Lefkus 

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If you have a chance to take one of Millie’s Worlds Pizza making classes, it is definitely a must do! Not only do you get to make your own pizza, you also get to eat it along with learning some cool facts about Millie’s Restaurant. While attending this class, I learned about two different kinds of ovens they use for their pizza making: coal-fired and wood-fired, each adding a little different touch. Peter the Chef at Millie’s teaches the class and gives hands on instructions of how to properly roll, flatten and prepare your pizza. Next, we went over to the kitchen where we were able to get creative with as many toppings and sauces as we would like. Since I couldn’t choose just one, I made four different slices in one! Our pizzas were cooking in the wood-fired oven, which bakes at 900 degrees and is finished in a matter of 90 seconds. When our pizza was finished we got to try some of their antipasti salads and their fresh mozzarella platter with prosciutto. We also had their famous meatballs! This recipe was passed down by the owner’s grandmother. You have a choice of marinara meatballs or meatballs with vodka sauce. Everything was to die for at Millie’s, but my absolute favorite was the Nutella pie for dessert which is topped with fresh cannoli cream. My experience at Millie’s was so good, I was back the next week for more! -Jessica Danto 

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Despite running late due to a “light dusting” of snow, I had a really awesome experience at Millie’s Old World Meatballs and Pizza. I walked in to a table full of beautiful salads, mozzarella cheese platters, and meatballs. I started with a plate of the arugula salad and some homemade mozzarella. The salad worked so well together, especially with the prosciutto-wrapped breadsticks. I tried the arcadian mix salad next and was equally impressed; however, the star of the dish was the applewood smoked bacon. The strips were thick and crispy, with a really deep smoky flavor. The mozzarella was creamy and incredibly fresh. There is a huge difference between mozzarella made in house and mozzarella that is brought in. Because I was late, my pizza lesson was a private lesson. I went into the kitchen prepared to show off my pizza-making abilities only to find that Neapolitan pizza is very unique. After a valiant first attempt at stretching the dough, I was ready to top my pizza. I decided to make a ½ margherita, ½ Helena pizza. I topped the margherita side with fresh basil, homemade mozzarella, tomato sauce, and sprinkled it with parmigiano reggiano. The Helena side was my own creation of white truffle cream sauce, broccoli rabe, roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, and diced onion. The pizza was so light and crispy and restored my confidence in my pizza craftsmanship. For dessert, we had nutella pizza with scoops of cannoli filling on each slice. Pizza, nutella, and cannoli: there is so much beauty in this world. I am so glad that we had this experience as a team, and I will definitely be back soon. -Helena Riede

I am so pleased that I was able to take part in the experience of learning how to make wood-fire pizza at Millie’s Old World Meatballs & Pizza. Chef Peter and the staff provided a fun and interactive class for our group. What made the class special was learning the background and technique of what makes Millie’s pizza dough so unique. Chef Peter exudes passion for everything from the fresh and homemade ingredients down to the final product. This really shone through in his teachings and demonstrations. Savoring our homemade pizzas paired with some other house specialties that Millie’s shared with the group was the perfect end to a great afternoon. Millie’s Old World Meatballs & Pizza will definitely become a regular in my restaurant rotation!  -Missy Somers

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The Wood Fire Pizza Making Class is new to Millie’s. It is around $25 per person (tax & tip not included) and involves you making your own pizza, meatballs & salad for the table. Contact 973.267.9616 or email events@milliesoldworld.com for more information or about having your own event or private party!

#SCBDRecipe: Grilled Pizza

scbdrecipeI’m sure I have made it pretty clear by now, in my What’s New This Week features, that I am a pizza freak. I can’t get enough. Ever. So, obviously I was excited to try my hand at grilled pizza.

My and the bf haven’t attempted to make our own dough yet so we have been using pre-made Boboli crust when we grill these pies, and it has been great every time! They cook quickly and have just the perfect crisp that I love in a pizza crust.


This pizza was simple, quick, easy and TASTY!

Red Pizza Sauce
Mozzarella Cheese
Italian Seasoning
Crushed Red Pepper

Instructions: { do you really need them? ;) }
Spread pizza sauce on dough.
Sprinkled a little crumbled bacon all over.
Spread shredded mozzarella cheese.
Add toppings.
I added the Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper last but wished I would have remembered to add the Italian seasoning before I added the cheese, even though it probably doesn’t make a difference.

Put the pie on the grill and cook to your liking and dig in!

{Mine looked a bit burnt on the bottom but it was actually perfect!}

#SCBDReview: Delicious Meal & Creative Cocktails Mixed by .@TheresaFowler .@IlFornettoNJ in #Marlboro #NJ





I guess you can say I’ve been a pizza connoisseur for the past few months as I’ve been trying some new italian restaurants throughout the state, old favorites and new discoveries. I find nothing more satisfying and simple than a personal or slice of a pizza and a nice beer and/or cocktail for a meal. While on this journey I find out a new restaurant called, Il Fornetto Trattoria (where Pino’s used to be for any locals) has opened in Marlboro, NJ. Marlboro is a bit of a trip for me, almost half hour away from where I live but if I find a good place, I know it’s worth it. I also love that I can visit my favorite Manhattan mixologist Theresa Fowler, at a close-to-home venue. Her cocktails are amazing and a deal here in NJ, and not to be missed!

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Il Fornetto is certainly worth it and here is why:

  • They have an awesome menu, with tons of variety and innovative pies and  fresh dishes. Check out the full menu, here.
  • As I mentioned earlier, the drinks are top-notch and a big deal in so many ways. They have great classic martinis to flaming martinis as well as new cocktails made by Theresa daily.
  • They have happy hour Monday to Friday 4pm-7pm that includes half off beer and $2 off their delicious cocktails. See the full list of  daily specials for yourself, here.


I’ve been at least three times since the grand re-opening and have been impressed every single time. I love their pizza and how many choices they have, they are also made to perfection. My dad loved the Octopus salad he got the first we went, too. I am also always impressed by Theresa’s cocktails since she always has something new for me to try.

In the Marlboro area and looking for a delicious dinner and cocktail to match? Go to Il Fornetto and let us know what you thought by leaving a comment below or tweeting us!

Mangia! :)


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#SCBD takes on City Pizza Overnight!

There is nothing like a good piece of New York pizza. If you’ve seen Elizabeth‘s and Lauren‘s posts, you know that the SCBD team are always up for a good slice. Almost two weeks ago, on a Friday morning in my case I got my four pies delivered to my apartment from City Pizza Overnight. Unlike Lauren & Elizabeth I did not get any gluten-free pizzas but got to try a veggie thin crust, regular veggie, plain, and pepperoni!

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I was actually in the middle of cooking a late breakfast when mine were delivered so I decided why not just eat lunch so I popped in the plain pizza and put the rest in the freezer to eat over the weekend and the following week. It was incredibly easy to make, unwrap it, keep the cardboard circle (I almost didn’t but you can put it on it to serve after), pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees and once its ready, put the pizza in for 6-7 minutes. It was delicious and definitely some of the closest to New York style pizza I’ve tasted being it was shipped form Chicago!


That night I decided to see if my roommate Leah was interested in having one of the pizzas so we got some beer and had a pizza party. We decided to eat some of the plain I had leftover and to try one of the veggie pies. We loved how full of veggies the pie was and the plain was great reheated in the oven again.


To end the weekend, we decided to put in the pepperoni pie. My boyfriend was over so between the three of us — the pie was finished in no time. I loved how covered in peperoni it was and the thin crust was perfect. FYI: Thin crust is my favorite.

I’d highly recommend City Pizza Overnight for your next party because you get 3 pies sent to your doorstep and it’s definitely worth the money. Also, if you live far from the city and have never had New York style pizza, this is the perfect opportunity to try it! The ordering process is easy and user friendly and the owner, Adam is always giving the utmost customer support if you have any questions.

Happy Eating! :D

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Elizabeth’s City Pizza Overnight Review


Last Thursday I placed my order for pizza delivery from City Pizza Overnight- and Friday afternoon, as promised, I came home to a huge, brown box at my doorstep.  City Pizza Overnight is a Chicago-based company that specializes in NYC-style pizza delivered overnight. It comes to you cooled and packed in ice, ready to crisp up in your oven and eat in 6-7 minutes. The ordering process is simple and straightforward, and their FedEx shipping process is seamless. They send you a confirmation and tracking number so you know exactly where your order is and when it arrives. Definitely easy and definitely convenient.


For my pizzas, I tried a regular plain pizza, a gluten-free plain pizza, and a gluten-free pizza topped with onions, and peppers. Once out of the box, all you have to do in unwrap each pie and put them right on the rack in your pre-heated oven. The pizzas made my kitchen smell fantastic; a nice perk you don’t usually get to enjoy when you order pizza. I found it helpful to keep the cardboard circles from under the pizza- that way you can just pull them right out of the oven onto those and serve.

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How did they taste? The gluten-free options are a real accomplishment. They have a tender and crispy crust like you’d expect from a regular pizza, the sauce and cheese are in good proportion, and the vegetable toppings on one gave it a welcomed boost of flavor. For anyone with a gluten allergy who’s craving a pizza fix- this would surely hit the spot. The regular plain pizza for me tasted a little plain, for lack of a better word. It didn’t have the cheesy, crusty, unctuousness I’ve come to expect from plain pizza. But if you live in a part of the country where good pizza is far and few between, this might be right up your alley. And as I said before, the gluten-free options are a smart and delicious option even for those without a gluten allergy. You can even order up a bunch of pizzas and keep them in your freezer, ready to heat and eat at a moments notice.

Overnight Pizza: The Gluten-Free Edition

When I first told my friends and neighbors that I was having two gluten-free New York style pizzas delivered to my front door from Chicago, IL, they were in complete disbelief. I mean, can you really blame them? The idea of having a pizza, whether it be gluten-free or not, delivered anywhere in the world via Fed-Ex sounds completely crazy, right? But the idea actually exists and is pulled off extremely well by the folks over at City Pizza Overnight.


I have to admit, throughout the process, I was quite nervous about ordering these pizzas. I’ve never ordered food on the internet before, and sometimes you just hear the craziest stories! But Adam, the owner of City Pizza Overnight, really works with you to make sure you get the full experience! I think I can speak for Sara, Elizabeth, and I when I say that he really went above and beyond in making sure we were comfortable throughout the entire process. Especially in my case, I mean anyone who is able to work with my allergies and gluten-sensitivity without getting frustrated deserves an A+ in my book!

In addition to the excellent customer service, the delivery was quick and easy! We even knew exactly when our pizzas were arriving via e-mail and the pizza arrived right on time! We didn’t even have to sign for it, which is a huge plus for anyone who can’t be around for the pizza’s arrival.


In my case, the pizzas arrived at 3pm, so I had to freeze it for a few hours before digging in! I received two pizzas, one regular and one pepperoni. My family and I decided to try the pepperoni first, because it’s been a really long time since my gluten-free mother or I have had a pepperoni slice! Once dinner time came around, we popped the pie in the oven, and 10 minutes later we had ourselves a mini pizza party!


The pepperoni pizza was delicious! It felt like I was eating a regular pepperoni pizza slice! Unlike the homemade gluten-free recipes I’ve tried, you can’t even tell it’s gluten-free! Out of the two, I think the pepperoni pizza was my favorite just because it felt like the old non-gluten free times. The only thing I disliked about it was that it was really greasy (especially compared to the regular) but even that wasn’t a HUGE problem for me. It was expected, actually!


The next up was the regular, which I tried with my boyfriend Luke this past Sunday. For the purpose of this site, I tried mine plain and with garlic powder. My boyfriend, on the other hand, decided to get creative and slather bacon all over his pizza. Regardless of our different concoctions, we couldn’t stop raving about how delicious the pizza tasted! He even argued with me vehemently about saving a slice for my mom. He wanted to eat 5-6 slices, it was that good!


Overall, my experience with City Pizza Overnight was nothing but excellent. The service was fast and easy and the pizza was delicious, even days after delivery! I am already recommending City Pizza Overnight to my friends and family and highly considering ordering again next time I have a small get together!

Love #NYPizza? Get the Cheazza App!

There is nothing like having a slice of New York Pizza on a Friday night. But the question is  where to go and get it? I have the solution, the Cheazza App.

Credit: Brett Middleton

Credit: Brett Middleton

Cheazza is an iPhone app created by Adrienne Smith with her boyfriend, Joe Masilotti. Joe is a developer and Adrienne works in the digital media sphere, so they decided to combine their talents and make an iPhone app! They love eating and discovering deals in New York City, so they decided to uncover New York’s $1 pizza slices and best cheap pizza deals. There’s a pizzeria on every block in Manhattan, but you can spend $5 for a limp, lukewarm slice. They wanted to show users the best slice for a deal.
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Joe is Cheazza‘s sole developer, while Adrienne manages all things “editorial.”
“We conducted all pizza research ourselves (which involved many a pizza crawl), and created the app from the ground up on our own”, says Adrienne.
Info page on the app

Info page on the app

Cheazza has over 70 pizza places, from bars that offer free pizza with each drink purchased (Crocodile Lounge) to $0.75 cent slices in Midtown (Ray’s, occasionally  to pizza happy hours in the Financial District (It’s A Pizza). The iPhone app is $0.99 to download, and can be downloaded on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Interested in downloading the app? Well today is your lucky day, we are giving away 5 free promo codes for the Cheazza app!
How to win a code:
Share this post and mention @Cheazza_App and @SmChickBigDeals for a chance to win a free download.
The first 5 people to do this will be notified right away if you are a winner and given your promo code to download the app!
Good luck and happy pizza finding!
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Check Out #SCBD in Jerz Hot Spots!

I’m proud to announce that you can now find me, Sara Monica (founder of SCBD) co-hosting episodes of Jerz Hot Spots presented by Urban Socialites! It premiered last week so make sure you subscribe to the episodes, here.

If you haven’t seen it already, here is the premiere episode which was shot at Goodfella’s in Bayonne, NJ:

Just for fun, here are bloopers from the episode:

Stay tuned and enjoy the show!!

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