Linkage: Taylor Swift and Harry Styles Are Dunzo, Woody Allen’s New Flick Gets a Title

Taylor Swift and One Direction’s Harry Styles have broken up. I, for one, haven’t been this devastated since Taylor Swift broke up with that Kennedy kid. Alas, at least this means Swift will have enough material for at least three songs on her next album. (I’m guessing she’s been drafting some lyrics on that boat.) I’m hoping at least one of them is about Styles’s second set of nipples. (It’d be a good dig in a song called “I Could Never Love You (As Much As You Love Yourself)”) [NY Daily News, Gawker]

Woody Allen’s latest project has a name: Blue Jasmine. It also has a million people in it, including Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, and Peter Sarsgaard. Here’s hoping Andrew Dice Clay plays the regular Woody Allen doppelganger. [Splitsider]

Rapper / weed enthusiast The Game took a break from scarfing down peanut butter-covered Fritos and DiGiorno pizzas to make some comments following Justin Bieber’s alleged marijuana use: “Let’s keep it real. There’s a lot of people in high positions…who smoke a little weed sometimes. I’m not saying it’s okay…but [Bieber] made a mistake.” I’m totally surprised that his statement wasn’t more to the point. [SOHH]

Last year, New York pizza joint L’Asso sent me a calendar featuring pizzas in sexy poses. (One included a pizza wearing assless chaps. I know it’s hard to picture, but just go with it.) It looks like someone else has figured out exactly what I’d like to put on my wall in 2013: a calendar featuring women covered in manure. [The Gloss]

“I chose Ellen as Jesus because of the incredibly positive impact she’s had on the masses. When she came out as gay on television her career took an unjust beating, and she rose form the ashes to become more powerful and well-liked than ever. Portia de Rossi was the easy choice as Mary Magdalene. The only other character I wanted to match up historically was Judas. Despite her status as a fictional character, I absolutely had to choose Shane McCutcheon from ‘The L Word’ as Judas because of her notoriously bad behavior in relationships.” Art, you guys. [HuffPo]

James Franco. Justin Bieber. This link placed here solely for SEO purposes. [Observer]

Bones is returning for a ninth season, which only makes me wonder if anyone can bother to explain to me what the hell Bones is about. [EW]

Brad Pitt has been banned from China, and Paris Hilton has been banned from Japan. Too bad I can’t ban them from my brain HA HA HA AM I RIGHT? [Flavorwire]

Apparently we should all be friends with Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia on Facebook. [Creeper Status]

Here’s a video of a dude falling off a skateboard. You know you need it today. [Hypervocal]

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New York Openings: Vicolo, Williamsburg Pizza, Brooklyn Central

There may be nothing new under the wood-burning oven, but Brooklyn’s latest pizza arrivals are carving out some space of their own. Thursday night, Bay Ridge welcomed Vicolo, with the only individually-sized Neapolitan pies available in the whole neighborhood. The pizzaiolo is Luigi Olivella, who has something of a cult following thanks to his stints with L’Asso and OliO Pizza e Più. His wood-fired brick oven was specially made in Naples and it’s put to good use here, turning out a mix of rosse and bianche options. Pizza is only the beginning, as a chef from Puglia oversees a full array of antipasti, primi, and secondi possibilities. The focus is Southern Italian classics, with tomatoes, salumi, and cheeses among the ingredients brought in fresh from the Old Country. The dining room works for date nights, an elegant "alley" with white tablecloths, earth-toned accents, and timbered beams overhead. 

On a more casual note, Williamsburg Pizza is a recent addition to the south side mix. A retro striped awning in front calls back to parlors of yore, with brick, tile, and chalkboard on the homey interior. There’s a smattering of tables for hunkering down over large-size pies with your choice of Brooklyn, Margherita, or Grandma crusts. The focus is on high-quality ingredients, although the “Fresh!” sign in front may have already alerted you to that. Toppings are modern enough to range from classic fresh-mozzarella Caprese to a vegan pie with spinach and caramelized onions. The San Marzano tomato sauce is made in-house, as are the cheeses, when they don’t come direct from Italy.
 
Between those two poles of Kings County stands Brooklyn Central. Park Slope’s latest pizza destination brings killer Neapolitan pies from pizzaolos who did time at The Spotted Pig and I Trulli. The menu divides into Old World classics and New World creativity, tied together by Brooklyn sourcing. Mozzarella and charcuterie are made in-house, and fresh ingredients fill out both the pizza toppings and seasonal salads. Park Slope’s favorite meal, brunch, launches Saturday. A couple of ringers are joining the regular pizza rotation. Ham and eggs meet gruyere and truffle for A.M. gourmets. If you’re shading more sweet than savory, check out the Banana Stonecake, a pancake-inspired combo of bananas, pecans, and syrup. Ladies and gentlemen, start your strollers.

Gluten-Free Pizza Debuts at Pizza Roma; Plus Other Good Gluten-Free Pies

That’s right you wheat-free, gluten-conscious, health nut, or picky eater (not to debunk the people that truly have a wheat allergies or Celiac disease); now you too can find ways to indulge in the ultimate party food: pizza. Starting today, Pizza Roma will be serving their Roman-style pizza with an option to get it gluten-free every Wednesday, which includes their buffala mozzarella, margherita parma, marinara, and porcini pies. Can’t make it Wednesday? Well if you call ahead they will make them for you any time.

Pizza Roma isn’t alone in the gluten-free pizza crusade. You can also get a whole, gourmet pie nearby at Keste Pizza and Vino, where they have served gluten-free (or senza glutine if you want to get Italian about it) pizzas for a while. Funny enough, another good place for gluten-free pizza if found nearly across the street at Risotteria.

Both the L’asso East Village and SoHo location dish up gluten-free pizza, too. For you vegan and gluten-free folk, Viva Herbal Pizzeria has a vast selection of what looks like pizza, though for a cheese-loving, wheat-eating carnivore, I wouldn’t recommend it. Though, you definitely won’t feel guilty eating these pies. On a less healthy note, Pala in the Lower East Side does some awesome things with gluten-free crusts, like piling them high with lamb sausage, pesto, and mozzarella and slathering butternut squash puree with smoked cheese and pancetta.

For those of you who like to cook at home but are too lazy to try your hand at a gluten-free crust, Mozzarelli’s in Chelsea not only sells breadcrumbs and pizza crust, but they deliver them too. So eat up gluten-free folk, and hopefully the only bellyache these pies will cause you is from over indulging. 

New York Openings: Don Antonio, Numero 28 Pizza Napoletana e Ristorante, L’asso

Don Antonio (Hell’s Kitchen) – Vesuvio on the walls, volcanic rock in the wood-burning oven at this Neapolitan pie palace.

Numero 28 Pizza Napoletana e Ristorante (Upper East Side) – Village-spawned chainlet adds a trattoria menu to supplement oven-fresh ‘za.

L’asso (East Village) – "Ace" of pies: Neapolitan cooking in modern EV surrounds.