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You asked. Hungry Pop listened.
After thirty sold-out ‘Make Pizza Drink Wine’ events in the Financial District over the last six months, the hottest interactive food experience in New York City will expand into two more neighborhoods this April: Fornino in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Adoro Lei in Manhattan's Hudson Square.
If you’re lucky enough to have been one of the one-thousand attendees who already spent a fun-fueled evening making Neapolitan pizza and drinking bottomless wine with your friends, family, or work squad, then you already know what the hype is about. If not, here’s a quick run-down of how it all goes down.
For two hours, you’ll leave your inhibitions at the door and become a downright integral part of this culinary adventure. That’s right, if you’re totally over sitting down at another neighborhood pizza joint and simply stuffing your face (and tummy!) into a carb-induced food coma, listen up-- because this is not just another cooking class. This is way more than that. It’s an artisanal food experience in an abundantly social setting, unlike anything you’ve ever seen or heard about before.
After thirty sold-out ‘Make Pizza Drink Wine’ events, the hottest interactive food experience in New York City will expand into Greenpoint's Fornino and Adoro Lei in Manhattan's Hudson Square.
So how about rolling up your sleeves and learning how to make a Neapolitan pie from scratch-- however your lil’ heart desires-- and then devouring your very own creation after it's tossed in the oven?! All the while, you sip on delicious house red and white wines and get served amazing specialty appetizers like creamy burrata, fresh focaccia bread, and even truffle cheese rice balls. Oh, and to top it all off, what better way to finish off the night than with a Nutella-infused dessert? (We know. We had you at Nutella. SAME.)
*Please note: If your group is 10 people or more (birthday parties & corporate/team-building events are welcome!), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss setting up a private event.*
Want to feel extra good about enjoying your time out making pizza and drinking wine? We have proudly partnered with Slice Out Hunger, which supports local hunger relief organizations through the American pizza community, and donate 5% from all ticket sales to their efforts. Sweet!
Let’s get back to MPDW’s expansion into Greenpoint at Fornino and Manhattan’s Hudson Square at Adoro Lei, which together aim to better serve more New Yorkers, more days of the week. Here’s a quick rundown of the conveniently-located venues and specialized menus, so you can take part in all the action starting this April:
Fornino (849 Manhattan Avenue - Greenpoint, Brooklyn)
WHEN: Tuesday, April 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th, 6 PM to 8 PM; Purchase Tickets HERE
Located in the historic neighborhood of Greenpoint, Fornino is everything a neighborhood pizza joint is supposed to be: charming, cozy, and inviting. Fun fact: Its owner, chef, and restaurateur Michael Ayoub has been credited as starting the New York City artisanal pizza craze in 2004 with the launch of Fornino, considered his life’s work. (NBD, you know?)
“I never wanted this place to be about me; I wanted to create a brand,” said Ayoub, once an accomplished glass blower, over lunch. Well, that’s exactly what he’s done on the ground level of this quintessential fire escape-facaded building on Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn.
Fornino's owner, chef, and restaurateur Michael Ayoub has been credited as starting the New York City artisanal pizza craze in 2004 with the launch of this Brooklyn-based brand, considered his life’s work.
The minute you walk in, your eyes will gravitate towards the enormous wood-fired oven smack dab in the center of this super authentic, intimate atmosphere-- and you’ll feel the heat, too. But there’s something that screams home about it all. And that’s what you’ll love most-- plus it doesn’t hurt when you have Chef Ayoub at the helm of this two-hour rendition of Make Pizza Drink Wine, teaching attendees exactly how he does what he does so well: neo-Neapolitan pies.
Before getting schooled by Ayoub’s masterful culinary skills and creative talents, you’ll get to enjoy shared appetizers of Italian chickpeas with house-made focaccia bread and wood-fired crostini topped with ricotta and honey. Then, you’ll get to choose between making your very own traditional margherita (topped with tomato, mozzarella, basil, olive oil, parmesan), Calabrese (tomato, mozzarella, sopressata piccante, parmesan), or funghi misti (mozzarella, caciocavallo, mixed mushroom, white truffle oil) pies.
Finally, last but definitely not least, a self-serving of homemade tiramisu sends everyone home happy-- and just lil’ bit tipsy (the latter, of course, is compliments of the bottomless red and white wine served throughout the two-hour experience). Getting hungry yet?! Grab your tickets here!
Adoro Lei (287 Hudson Street - Hudson Square, Manhattan)
WHEN: Every Sunday in April, 5 PM to 7 PM; Purchase Tickets HERE
Nestled in the heart of Manhattan’s transformative Hudson Square, Adoro Lei (for those curious, the expression is Italian for “I love her”) has completely recreated the traditional pizza-eating experience into the ultimate pizza party vibe with its stylish interior art and carefully-curated playlist. The ultra-hip setting within this upscale Italian restaurant/lounge is the main reason why ‘Make Pizza Drink Wine’ has selected the venue as its second Manhattan location.
Adoro Lei has completely recreated the traditional pizza-eating experience into the ultimate pizza party vibe with its stylish interior art and carefully-curated playlist.
Starting here in April and taking over the entire back section of the restaurant, your Sunday Funday experience will be all about the sights and sounds, your company, but most importantly, its wood-fired Neapolitan pies fired up by a beautifully-customized Forza Forni oven and fueled by bottomless red & white wines.
So what are all the delicious deets on the menu? How about shared appetizers of artisanal truffle cheese rice balls plus a cheese and meat dish served on their house made bread, that aforementioned Neapolitan pie main course (made with your very own hands, of course), and an absolute can’t-miss dessert of Nutella fingers.
P.S., it’ll be especially hard not to catch your BFF (or yourself, for that matter) taking a selfie with the sexy pop art that adorn the establishment’’s jet black walls, which were commissioned specifically by Dessie Jackson, an up-and-coming artist featured in Nylon, Complex, Vice, and Noisy. Get your tickets here!