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Uni Pizza? [moved from Manhattan board]

guttergourmet Sep 25, 2007 08:23 AM

As my profile suggested, pizza and uni are 2 of my favorite delicacies. Last night I grabbed a late dinner at Sasabune. If you've been before, it's superior but predictable (i.e. repetitive each visit) omakase but certainly worth going to. I ordered seconds of the Catalina Island uni for "dessert" which was delicious. Having eaten with my fingers, there was a lingering smell coupled with the lingering taste. I then zoomed up to Patsy's on 117th for a couple of slices and I swear I finally experienced the "commingling" of those two great tastes. I envision a Reeses Peanutbutter Cup type of union. "mmm uni" "mmm pizza" "oops!" I wonder whether Uno Pizza out of Chicago or Una Pizza Napoletana here in NY would sue me if I opened up "Uni Pizza Napoletana?" I'm waiting for Wolfgang Puck or maybe a David Chang or Wylie Dufresne to actually test my thesis and offer an uni pizza pie.

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    kobetobiko RE: guttergourmet Sep 25, 2007 10:38 AM

    While it is not exactly uni pizza, the uni dish at Jean George is similar (IMO) to that experience. It is a few pieces of sweet uni on top of a "black bread" (like a small toast) topped with a thin slice of jalapeno and sprinkles of sea salt. The bread is spread with some butter (?). This is probably more of an uni toast than uni pizza, but I will take it at any time :D

    GG, I am also a big uni fan, so I am up for any uni dishes. Let me know if you find something new!

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      guttergourmet RE: kobetobiko Nov 11, 2007 04:58 AM

      The uni panini at El Quinto Pino is amazing. Tom Cat ficelle warm with mustard oil, butter and gobs of uni. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

    2. E Eto RE: guttergourmet Sep 25, 2007 12:24 PM

      Just for the hell of it, I googled "uni pizza" (うにピザ) in Japanese and it seems that it's still a novel idea but something you can find in Japan.

      * The commentary for this shop is that they make a really good raw uni pizza, but it sells out quickly: http://www.enjoytokyo.jp/id/muraKudo/...
      * A recipe: http://www.tokubin.jp/recipe/piza.html
      * A photo from someone's blog about making uni pizza (last hurrah for the summer): http://www.geocities.jp/renren_yushin...

      1. doona RE: guttergourmet Sep 25, 2007 12:32 PM

        I just heard about this place called Two Boots (that I also heard was horrible) but they have all of these creative toppings for pizza.

        I'm sure they're up for suggestions. ;-)

        1. steve h. RE: guttergourmet Sep 25, 2007 01:25 PM

          white clam pie at pepe's is transcendent. would an uni pizza be that much beter?

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            guttergourmet RE: steve h. Oct 27, 2007 04:16 PM

            been there, done that- uni pizza would do it for me.

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            Torina RE: guttergourmet Nov 12, 2007 03:53 PM

            In case you decide to go for it and you're afraid of brand confusion ... sea urchins are called "i ricci di mare" in italian :) Maybe you could expand a little to specialize in seafood pizzas or raw seafood pizzas ... I can totally see "pizze di mare" or "pizza cruda".

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              TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis RE: guttergourmet Nov 12, 2007 05:36 PM

              I think uni would end up lost as a muted note ... botarga or "mentaiko", on the other hand, could possibly shine with a light touch.

              Do note: we're not talking uni stuffed crust :)~

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              1. re: TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis
                guttergourmet RE: TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis Jan 8, 2012 06:08 AM

                Uni stuffed crust? Hmmm? Is there a Domino in Osaka?

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