Truly the best of both worlds, The Bayou Beast sums up Two Boots in one mind-bending, tongue-tingling pizza that combines ingredients from Louisiana and Italy. Creole-Italian cooking has long been a staple in classic New Orleans restaurants like Mosca’s & Pascal’s Manale, and this quintessential Two Boots pie aims to carry on that great tradition.
Be-bop genius, and denizen of our beloved East Village, Charlie Parker was skeptical when he entered a studio filled with strings in the summer of ‘49, but 'Bird' wound up cutting some of the most gorgeous music ever made. Try having a dark day with “Just Friends” or “April in Paris” on your turntable – or a slice of The Bird on your plate.
Buckminster Fuller represented the best and most hopeful side of humanity. A visionary thinker, designer, teacher, "Bucky" (as he was known to his friends) helped pioneer a new way of industrial development, trying to do more with less. He would surely approve of our simple, yet sumptuous "top-sauce" pie, which uses pure ingredients from our precious "Spaceship Earth". So, enjoy a slice of The Buckminster and consider how you, too, can be a force of change for the better by reducing your impact on the planet.
With her out-of-this-world ‘fro and tell-it-like-it-is attitude, Tamara Dobson was a pioneer in the African-American filmmaking scene. At 6’2”, she was the tallest female star in Hollywood history, and also the inspiration for a bad-ass pie, which re-creates the pleasures of a sausage & pepper hero on a hot summer night in the Little Italy of East Harlem.
Back in the ‘70’s, community gardens blossomed between the Lower East Side’s burnt-out buildings, but many were in desperate danger of being sold to developers…until Bette Midler and her NY Restoration Project stepped in to save the day. For that - not to mention her early gigs in the gay bath houses of the East Village - we consecrated our classic veggie pizza in her honor.
Bess Hartman loved to windowshop on W. 57th St., and dream of getting out of her Flatbush walk-up, where she lived with her husband Sam – a man so jolly he would start laughing before a joke even started, but who had a hard time making ends meet. Alas, it never happened, but now she’s well-known coast-to-coast, as her image graces our most popular special slice!
With a shock of white hair and an expression of eternal bewilderment, Larry Tate never even noticed when his right hand man, Darrin (Samantha's husband on Bewitched), was replaced by a different actor midway through their run. His namesake pie is one of the original Two Boots ‘Holy Trinity,’ created way back in 1992.
In 1992, indie director Alex Rockwell brought a young filmmaker into the original Two Boots Restaurant and said "This guy’s got a movie coming out that's gonna blow people’s minds." He was right -- the film was Reservoir Dogs. Disrespected in the movie, but revered as a pie, Mr. Pink is another of the Holy Trinity -- one of the three original Two Boots specialty pizzas.
Our favorite diabolical postman’s appearances on Seinfeld are like blasts of nitrous oxide -- the laughter starts the moment Newman squeezes on-screen. Like the man himself, our Newman pie is a perfect mixture of doughy, cheesy & meaty, and makes every Seinfeld episode a little better -- another of the original Two Boots Holy Trinity (along with Larry Tate & Mr. Pink), and a perennial customer favorite.
On a hot summer day in 1973, camp counselor (and future Two Boots owner ) Phil Hartman gathered his kids under a tree, waiting for a local comic to entertain them. A twitchy guy finally arrived, turned on his tape player, and started lip-synching to the Mighty Mouse theme song. The kids thought it was weird, but the counselor thought it was genius. He name was Andy Kaufman, and his alter-ego would one day be Tony Clifton. (Or was it?)
Inspired by the promise of both the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street (both sadly unrealized), V for Vegan debuted in the fall of 2011, and fed many an Occupier. Featuring Daiya’s tapioca-based vegan cheese and a revolutionary criss-cross of pestos, V for Vegan has become a favorite of vegans and non-vegans alike!
One of slacker history’s ultimate cult heroes, Jeffrey Lebowski (aka The Dude, or Duder, or El Duderino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing)...well, he was the man. And all he ever wanted was his rug back. Abide with a pie while watching Allan the Landlord’s dance quintet (his “cycle”). Don’t forget the Creedence!
Once upon a time poets, dancers, painters and punk rockers roamed the Lower East Side before a giant meteor of real estate development crashed into the neighborhood and virtually wiped them out. A Gathering of the Tribes, ultra-DIY haven for adventurous artists, miraculously remains -- and proceeds from this meaty slice help support the gallery.
Thanks to a summer job at legendary movie bookstore Cinemabilia, Co-owner Phil Hartman was blessed to have been at the birthplace of punk rock from the very beginning. The home slice at the late TB Bleecker, just down the block from where the neon beer signs and scary bathrooms of CB’s once stood, commemorates the club's four famous letters with Chicken, Broccoli, Garlic and Basil pesto -- and honors our pal, Lenny Kaye: rock historian, Patti Smith’s partner in crime and all-round good guy (just Ask the Angels).
Phil loved John Waters since seeing a midnight show of Pink Flamingos in the '70's, and even more after he autographed his book: "See you in Hell!" Our Baltimore location features film posters from John’s personal collection (he’s a TB fan), and this pizza is an homage to his star, the late, great and much-lamented Divine.
Apt to confuse "Russian Jewelry" with “Russian Jewry,” and the “deaf penalty” with the “death penalty,” Emily Litella sprang from the mind of comic genius Gilda Radner, whose Weekend Update commentaries were a highlight of early Saturday Night Live. Gilda also blessed us with Roseanne Roseannadanna, Lisa Loopner and Baba Wawa, and we honor her memory with this tasty vegetarian slice.
Long-suffering fans since '62, season ticket holders since '84, and pizza purveyors at Citi Field since '12, our relationship with the Mets demonstrates a loyalty bordering on psychosis. From Danny Napoleon & Choo-Choo Coleman to Bartolo "Big Sexy" Colon & Jacob deGrom, our ability to look at a glass shattered on the floor and insist that it is half-full has spanned generations, and we're proud to present this meaty Met tribute that makes fans everywhere say “Ya Gotta Believe!”
We "Fell in Love with a Girl." White by marriage, dark by inclination, Meg marches to the beat of a different drummer – herself. The former White Striper is the inspiration for this multi-cheese extravaganza, which is enough to satiate any fromage-ophile -- or sauce-ophobe.
As the producer of the show-within-a-show on the classic Dick Van Dyke Show, Mel Cooley let the inmates run the asylum. The butt of bald jokes ad infinitum, Mel (actor Richard Deacon) finally gets his due -- and some well-earned immortality -- with this colorful, cult-favorite slice.
From NYC’s mad scientists of pizza (Two Boots) comes a tribute to Baltimore’s mad scientists of music (Animal Collective). These indie-psych-rock-gods live life meat-lessly, so we honor them with a vegetarian (but indulgent!) delight -- a spinach and artichoke slice with a kick.
Taking The Newman one louder, to 11, "The Super Newman" is a saucy, meatier version of one of our all-time favorites -- and a fitting tribute to Jerry’s nemesis and Kramer’s partner in crime.
"You make a fine pie," said the man with the bird’s nest beard, leaning on his elaborately carved cane, "a fine pie, indeed." We were in the original Two Boots Restaurant, speaking to an eccentric gent with a supernatural glint in his eye, but it wasn't ‘til we saw the dragon's head carved into the cane’s handle that we knew we were in the presence of a Louisiana legend.
The Two Boots playlist is as rich and varied as the toppings on our pizzas, and features lots of joyful R & B. This slice is robust and full of soul, just like Big Maybelle, the lady who inspired it!
Walking around the Lower East Side with Luis Guzman is like walking around with the Pope. Photo opps, hugs and banter about favorite film roles interrupt every step of the way -- and Luis, man of the people, makes time for everyone. He cut his teeth with CHARAS on E. 9th St., got married at Most Holy Redeemer Church on East 3rd Street, worked at Henry St. Settlement, and was featured in Two Boots owner Phil Hartman’s LES film, No Picnic. "The Luisaida" is our tribute pie -- a spicy whassup to Loisaida’s own, who went from our ‘hood to Hollywood, without losing his sense of direction.
Only Available at Two Boots East Village
Still a magnet for musical improvisation, as well as a motherlode of jazz memories, The Village Vanguard retains its mystique after over 75 years. Our Vanguard slice gives thanks to owner Lorraine Gordon, who keeps the spirit of Monk, Miles and her late husband, Max, alive, with a riff on the classic meatball pizza, jazzed up with an andouille twist.
Only available at Two Boots West Village
The British TV cult classic, The Prisoner, asked a lot of questions and provided gloriously few answers. Part-spy thriller, part-metaphysical dissertation, all-Patrick McGoohan, the show presented an infernally trapped hero, known simply as Number 6 -- same as the NYC subway train that takes us from our original home base in the East Village to Two Boots Midtown East, where this antipasto salad on a slice is the home pie…“Be seeing you!”
Only Available at Two Boots Midtown East
The giant pink pig, aka The Baron, guards the entrance to Rudy's Bar -- next-door neighbor to Two Boots Hell's Kitchen -- and is celebrated with a porcine pie featuring hot Cajun sausage from the legendary 9th Ave. butcher, Esposito's. We recommend grabbing this slice on your way into Rudy's, rather than on your way out -- we'd like you to be able to remember it!
Only available at Two Boots Hell's Kitchen
Venerable Gene Hackman, cast as the ostracized family patriarch, scared the bejeezus out of Wes Anderson on the set, but he provided the vinegar that Anderson needed to make his best film. Royal’s sidekick, the immortal Pagoda (who may someday get his own pizza), nearly steals the show -- like our pie’s extraordinary double-smoked bacon from the fabulous Schaller & Webber, one of the last vestiges of Yorkville’s long-time German community.
Only available at Two Boots Upper East Side
Notoriously cantankerous Congresswoman Bella Abzug repped the UWS for many years, was an anti-war crusader and an early women's & gay rights advocate. This provocative pizza remembers her with spinach and artichoke dip, plus cayenne and jalapeños that recalls her fiery oratory and inimitable style.
Only available at Two Boots Upper West Side
A little Little Italy still thrives along East Williamsburg's Graham Avenue (otherwise known as ‘Via Vespucci’), where Emily's Pork Store owner Jerry Aliperti has been hand-making sausage for over 40 years. His sweet Italian variety, customized for Two Boots Williamsburg, combines with Pecorino and hot peppers to make this pie a local favorite at our Driggs Ave. location.
Only available at Two Boots Williamsburg
Park Slope resident and Brooklyn native John Turturro transformed himself into a bona-fide Soggy Bottom Boy of the South in the Coen Bros.’ masterpiece O Brother, Where Art Thou? We pay homage to his ornery character Pete Hogwallop with a tangy pie that features yummy bacon, BBQ chicken, and cheddar!
Only available at Two Boots Park Slope
Paying tribute to the theme song & rallying cry of the magical 1999 NY Mets run (not "Who Let The Dogs Out"!) that peaked with Ventura's extra-innings grand-slam single through the rain in the NLCS. Last year, The Mojo Risin' pizza foretells great things for our Metropolitans, and this year we're looking to keep our fortunes rising all the way to a World Championship!
Only available at Two Boots Citi Field
...Compared to the infamous escapades of Mayor Frank Hague, whose legendary lap drawer was a discreet receptacle for bribes large and small. Our "Boss Hague" pizza honors one of New Jersey's most cherished traditions – political graft – with this homage to excess -- a formidable amount of meat and cheese on a sturdy Sicilian crust.
Only available at Two Boots Jersey City
From the depths of the Chesapeake Bay comes a mutant version of our classic Pantheon pie, The Bayou Beast - with lump crabmeat taking the starring role, in place of shrimp. As longtime lovers of all things Baltimore, it's an honor to be part of the Charm City community, in a location at the nexus of MICA, the University of Baltimore and the Lyric Theater.
Only available at Two Boots Baltimore
Kitty Wells revolutionized the role of women in country music, and our tribute pie, The Kitty, is revolutionizing the role of hot chicken in Nashville. An incendiary local delicacy, our hot chix comes from the estimable Hattie B's restaurant, and is complemented by blue cheese and pickles. Pickles on pizza? They don't call us the "Pizza Pioneers" for nothing!
Only available at Two Boots Nashville
Inspired by our friends, The Pizza Underground, this latest addition to our vegan offerings features 'Cale' pesto -- a tribute to the Velvets iconoclastic viola player, John Cale -- whose creative tension with Lou Reed fueled their initial landmark recordings.
Only available at Two Boots Echo Park
Early burlesque queen Sally Rand invented the “Fan Dance” right next door to us in the spectacular 1926 vaudeville house, The Orpheum Theater. This home pie is as saucy as Sally was (though ironically sauce-less), and features all-natural hot coppa from Zoe's Meats in Petaluma, Cal.
Only available at Two Boots Downtown LA
For pizza purists, nothing beats a regular slice. Starting with our cornmeal crust foundation, and with luscious whole milk mozzarella and a piquante sauce, our cheese pizza gives the New York classic a kickin’ Cajun twist, and has been a Two Boots staple since Day One, in 1987.
Thick and round, this dish is deep. And it's the formidable foundation for such TB favorites as The Kraken, A Gathering of the Tribes, Earth Mother and more.
Some folks like to go old skool, and for them we’re proud to feature Zoe’s all-natural, artisanal pepperoni. From a family farm in California, Two Boots serves pepperoni with no preservatives, no processing, less oil & more flavor.
“Children Welcome” was painted on our original store window from the day we opened, and this kid-friendly pizza replaces our piquante sauce with a mild marinara. It’s a great introductory slice for the little ones -- and goes great on a kids’ Pizza Face.
Famous vegans abound these days, but President Bill "Bubba" Clinton’s transition from Whoppers to garden burgers has been a revelation. This vegan slice features a mediterranean blend of fresh veggies including fine Kalamata olives.
Only available at Two Boots Jersey City
There was nothing like opening up the latest pages of superhero exploits, or spinning a vinyl album for the first time. We show respect for our forbears with this groovy pizza, a great way to carry on the name and spirit of the establishment that called TB Nashville's walls home for many years.
Only available at Two Boots Nashville
From football fanatics to clandestine creatures, Baltimore has a special history with ravens. We've created a pizza that packs a wallop of flavor, and might make you cry out in the middle of the night!
Only available at Two Boots Baltimore
A seasonal special that celebrates the legacy of all-time great Oriole, Cal Ripken, with a "five-tool" pizza that covers the flavor bases with cornichons, andouille, pepperoni, red onions and for that genuine ballpark taste -- mustard!
Only available at Two Boots Baltimore
Loud, hard, hairy and hungry (we fed their recording sesh), The Slayer raises delicious anarchy. Born in Hell, bred at Two Boots Echo Park!
Only available at Two Boots Echo Park & Downtown LA
Straight outta Atchafalaya, this special Mardi Gras pie is your only chance of the year to enjoy alligator pizza. And if you're in NYC on Fat Tuesday, don't miss the best party in town, The Two Boots Mardi Gras Ball, an annual benefit for the Lower Eastside Girls Club!
We were 30 feet away when Michael Jordan hit "The Shot" in New Orleans 1982, and two hours later we were strolling down Bourbon Street, side-by-side with MJ, as his legend grew before our eyes. But we really love the legacies of unexpected heroes like Lorenzo Charles, Rollie Massimino and Gordon Hayward -- so celebrate the Cinderellas of the NCAA tourney with our meaty three-point-play of a pie.
For only one month each year do we dare…“Release dat Kraken!” A monster of a pie which emerges every October to scare away any notions of healthy eating.
We give thanks to Squanto, the Patuxet tribesman who instructed the pilgrims how to plant maize and eat eels. For his good deeds he was enslaved by the English, saw his tribe exterminated by smallpox and was poisoned to death by rivals. At least once a year we try to make it up to him with this pie in his honor! (And as SJP said on Glee: "I'll probably just get some turkey pizza from Two Boots and recreate my first Thanksgiving in New York.")
Only available for a week before Thanksgiving!
An unholy offering to the patron saint of angry driving, ghost riding & well-chewed scenery. Through good times (Peggy Sue Got Married & Honeymoon in Vegas), and bad (anyone seen his Wicker Man remake?), Nic Cage always makes sure his mortgage gets paid and that there's presents under the tree!
Only available for a week before Christmas!
Our amazing, fluffy knots are baked daily and smothered in butter, fresh garlic & parsley. Served with a side of marinara sauce.