Husband and wife chefs Scott Tacinelli and Angie Rito of Don Angie

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New York is already known for plating the best pizza on the planet. So, how do you make the best even better? Stella Artois has landed on a novel solution. The Belgian beer brand is throwing a pizza party throughout the summer and they’ve invited some of the best chef’s in the city to participate. All proceeds are benefiting restaurant recovery in the wake of the pandemic.

Seaport Artois is a two-month-long activation located at Pier 16 of South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan. On select Thursdays, you’ll be able to order up speciality pies crafted by a cadre of Michelin-starred talent from across the local culinary landscape. It’s not exactly the sort of stuff you’d expect from your local pizzeria, either.

Take chef Emma Bengtsson’s offering, for example. The acclaimed chef of Aquavit in Midtown applied her renowned Nordic sensibilities to dough and sauce to come away with a sourdough pie stacked high with hay-smoked cheese, whey béchamel, cured pork fat, potatoes and pickled red onions. Her rounded riff was an immediate crowd-pleaser during the Seaport Artois kickoff on June 17th.

“I can’t wait for Seaport Artois to sit down with friends on the pier and enjoy the summer,” said chef Bengtsson on the eve of the event. “I fell in love with New York because of its multi-cultural restaurant scene — where it wasn’t out of the ordinary to meet your friends at 2 am for some bone marrow and fried oysters. I am thrilled to see that we are slowly returning to that reality again.”

Chef Emma Bengtsson shows off her pizza creation for Seaport Artois

Aquavit

Joining Bengtsson at the opening was chef Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli, the husband and wife team behind Michelin-starred Don Angie. Although their stylish West Village eatery specializes in Italian-American cuisine, it’s by no means a pizza joint. This is the sort of place you go to for housemade pastas adorned with foraged flowers and seasonal vegetable, or expertly-rendered crudo and scarpariello. So the limited opportunity to dine on their stuffed-pepperoni flatbread at Seaport Artois was truly a special one, indeed. Thin, flakey like phyllo, and filled with stracchino cheese, the dish is the duo’s take on a foccacia di recco — a rustic appetizer native to Northern Italy.

If you missed that one, there’s a whole lot more deliciousness headed your way in the weeks ahead. Head to the Seaport in July and August for selections from celebrated chefs including Erik Ramirez of the Llama Inn, Hugue Dufour of M. Wells, and Trigg Brown & Josh Ku of Win Son. The Thursday evening activations will be accompanied by live music and, of course, cold beer. Check out the upcoming schedule below:

  • NYC Flavors — July 8: “Toast to the diversity of food across this fine city.”
  • Street Culture — July 22: “Salute the NY street food and culture that is unlike anywhere else.”
  • Comeback — August 5: “A one-night only appearance from a beloved spot that closed its doors over the last year.”
  • New — August 19: “Raise a chalice to welcome a new restaurant in the city that’s raved about.”

Aquavit speciality pizza paired with Stella Artois

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