#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!

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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.

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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! 😀

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Elizabeth’s City Pizza Overnight Review

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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:
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Good luck and happy pizza finding!
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Gluten-Free Pizza Recipe

Over the last year, the one thing I learned is, when it comes to the gluten-free diet, one should always keep an open-mind and always experiment. I did just that this past week by trying gluten-free pizza for the first time!

Gluten-Free pizza was something I always wanted to try since the first moment I stopped eating gluten but I was always a little apprehensive about it at the same time. I wasn’t sure if I’d like the crust and I’ve heard from some gluten-free friends that if it’s not made correctly, the pizza as a whole can taste like cardboard with sauce and cheese on it.

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Gluten Free Pizza

But the on-the-fly recipe my family and I tried turned out to be pretty fantastic. A lot of it came from my boyfriend Luke, who made his own homemade pizza once before using non gluten-free Bisquick. Technically, this recipe is essentially his concoction!

Luke and his Gluten Free Pizza

Luke and his Gluten Free Pizza

Regardless if you have or have not tried gluten-free pizza yet, I suggest you try this recipe! It’s really simple, affordable, and fun for the entire family!

Gluten-Free Pizza Recipe (for +2 people)

Ingredients:

  •  2 cups of Gluten-Free Bisquick mix
  •  1 cup of Italian seasoning (IE: basil, parsley, rosemary garlic, etc)
  •  1 cup of water
  •  4 eggs, beaten
  •  2/3 cup oil
  •  Sauce, Cheese, Toppings (use your judgement on these)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F
  2. Grease pizza pan.
  3. Stir Bisquick mix, Italian seasoning, water, oil, and eggs until well combined. Spread mix in pan.
  4. Bake the crust for 15 minutes (NOTE: It may appear cracked, this is normal)
  5. Spread pizza sauce, cheese, and other toppings over crust.
  6. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

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Hope you all enjoy this recipe! If you tried it, let me know what you thought in the comments!

The #SCBDAnniversary Dinner at Sotto 13, NYC

Last Friday, I met up with two of the SCBD team members at Sotto 13 in NYC to celebrate the anniversary. Sotto 13 is an ideal space for a night out with the girls or for an intimate date. Everything at the restaurant is meant to be shared whether it be one of their artisanal pizzas or crostini. They also have an awesome cocktail program with a great and affordable wine list.

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In order: Jessica, Sara Monica (Founder of SCBD), and Tiffany of SCBD at Sotto 13!

I started off with glass of wine and chose the ‘1’ Argentinian Malbec that they offer while I waited for the team to arrive. Once everyone was settled in, had a glass of water, and a cocktail of choice on hand we were ready to order our tapas. After finishing my wine I decided to try their signature Acai-Lychee Martini which was perfect!  We started off with the Ricotta, Lemon, and Truffle Honey Crostini and the Wild Mushroom PIzza. I was really impressed with both of those. We were unsure what to get next so the manager decided to send out crowd favorites which included the Crispy Shoe String Zucchini, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Rosemary Thyme & Garlic Shrimp, and Fennel Sausage & Roasted Pepper. My favorites were the shrimp, pizza, and the crostini. They all had a great amount of flavor and were perfect shareable servings.

Just when I thought I couldn’t hold anymore we were asked if we wanted dessert. Since it was the anniversary dinner we figured why not, so they sent us out this very, rich chocolate dessert which was delicious but a bit too rich for my taste and cream puffs which were my favorite.

If you are looking for a hot, modern, and innovative date spot then Sotto 13 is the place for you. It was perfect for our celebration and I’d highly recommend it to anyone.

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That was just what I thought but here is what Tiffany and Jessica point of views of our team anniversary dinner…

Tiffany’s POV:

The amount of flavor in every dish was continuous while visiting Sotto 13. From my initial cocktail to the Wild Mushroom pizza that we ordered, the flavor just kept coming. The Wild Mushroom pizza made me a believer in Sotto 13 because I am not a huge mushroom person due to my preference with texture, but their touch on mushrooms in this pizza was a winner! I was amazed in how flavorful the pizza was and even had a second slice. Now that I’ve gushed about the flavor of the food, lets talk aesthetics. Sotto 13 is nothing like your “mom and pop” eatery. In fact, the decor was very modern and perfect for a New York location. From the outside, the touch of a red awning doesn’t fully prepare you for the beauty inside. The use of details shows in the decor of the restaurant as their were cracks in their walls, a mix of booths and expandable wooden tables. As a New Yorker who appreciates a traditional “mom and pop” location, a part of adores a well decorated locale with non expensive prices. This restaurant would be ideal for a night out on the town with your gals or guys, friends or date. The tone is intimate and inviting and the flavors will keep you yearning for more!

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Jessica’s POV:

What a great night out with the team of SCBD!  We were all happy to celebrate the one year anniversary of the blog and we’re excited about what the next year will bring!  Sotto 13 was a great place to celebrate with its unique atmosphere and menu!

The restaurant is separated into 2 main sections with a bar and some seating in the front, and a bigger dining room in the back.  One of the highlights of the design is a huge skylight over the dining room, which only adds to the tasteful and modern interior design.

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Sotto 13 serves tapas and pizza family style – which means everyone gets to try a little of everything!  Family style dining can pose some issues for a vegetarian dining amongst meat eating friends, but Sotto 13 had a great variety of meat free dishes that everyone wanted to try!  My personal favorite was the Ricotta, Lemon, & Truffle Honey Crostini.  They didn’t stay on our plates very long!  Another favorite was the Crispy Shoestring Zucchini which was served with a sliced lemon to squeeze on the zucchini.  The lemon gave the zucchini that extra punch of flavor making them hard to resist.  I was a little more hesitant to try the Roasted Brussels Sprouts, but I was pleasantly surprised.  They were browned to perfection making them much more appealing than your usual Brussels Sprouts!  And last but certainly not least I sampled the Wild Mushroom pizza.  You can’t go wrong with this selection!  The mushrooms are cut up finely, so if you are not a fan of the texture of mushrooms, you may like this pizza more than you think! We finished up our celebration with a sampling of Sotto 13‘s desserts.  I really enjoyed the cream puffs which were light, airy, and not too sweet – this blogger’s favorite kind of dessert!

I will definitely visit Sotto 13 again – whether it’s for another SCBD event, or with my own family and friends.

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*Disclaimer: The PR team paid for part of our meal. We were not required to write about these experiences and my opinions are our own and unbiased.*

#SCBD– A Concept that Started A Year Ago, Still A Work in Progress!

When I started this blog a year ago, well this week a year ago to be exact– I had no idea where it would take me, the opportunities it would bring me, etc. If you read my story you know I was just interning at The Rachael Ray Show in the field, post, & production departments and in the my 2nd to last semester of my Senior year at Fairleigh Dickinson University. On the Wednesday’s I interned I’d always tell my peers I interned with the best deals I found for lunch which would usually be Blarney Stone, or my craving for Potbelly. I was the deal finder of the gang and I took the title proudly. I’d also constantly look for deals on Twitter & Midtown Lunch. Thursday’s were also filled with great food experiences on set or just sharing a meal during the field department, never a dull moment.

As I mentioned in my story I was also involved with the Intern Queen Campus Ambassador program and would be blogging about food the next semester. I knew I could do it but I knew if I started a blog about food & deals it would be a head start. The idea sunk in my head more, so one Thursday when I was finished with my field work on the computer I decided to start the blog. As I mention above and in the title, this was just the manifestation of starting the blog and having the site. I wrote a little paragraph about my concept, etc. It was also written the day before my boyfriend Jason’s birthday last year. You can see my first post, here. As you may notice it’s not much but it’s something!

Like any good thing buying the domain didn’t happen until later. Since I wanted to be the best intern possible, I had to wait to share my eating adventures while I interned and went full on and haven’t stopped writing (except for maybe finals week) since January 11, 2012 and I plan on celebrating a year in 2013! I’m so happy that I can bring you all the information I have whether it be recipes, meeting you readers through Twitter, all of the interviews the last few months and of course my special deals and contest alerts! I also can’t forget where it all began with my restaurant reviews.

I want to end this on a happy note — I found this shirt at Forever 21 today at Garden State Plaza and had to buy it and share it with you all:

It screamed SCBD and was perfect timing with the one year concept anniversary!

I love the quote: Eat, Drink, Be Merry!

I love the colors of this banner with the saying also:

I promise I will have another reflection piece in January. I’d also love to have a happy hour or something to celebrate and would love invite fellow bloggers & readers to celebrate the one year anniversary of the launch so keep the week of January 11th open!

Make sure you are a fan and are following Small Chick Big Deals on Facebook & Twitter for the most ongoing updates! I am always posting deals, recipes, new posts, & more– so it’s the easiest way to get a hold of me also.

Before I get too carried away, I just want to emphasis once more how grateful I am for all you readers, the fellow bloggers I’ve met, businesses I’ve been fortunate to review & work with and all the people I’ve been able to interview & more! I’d also love to thank the staff of The Rachael Ray Show for bringing out my inner foodie last Fall!

I have tons of more posts on the way that you’ll love, but you’ll have to wait! I promise I won’t take too long, can’t wait to tell you all about my recent foodie experiences in the city.

Well on that note–Eat, Drink, and Be Merry! 😀