When Chef Ivan Orkin opened the original Ivan Ramen in Tokyo in 2006, he made a name for himself by serving up celebrated bowls of the city's most beloved comfort food. Eleven years later, he and his team are attempting to do the same with pizza in New York City.
Opening today at Gotham West Market, Corner Slice is the brainchild of Orkin, his longtime business partner David Poran and former Ivan Ramen chef Michael Bergemann. While Orkin and Poran provided plenty of support and guidance during the shop's development, it's Bergemann that actually led the recipe creation and testing over the past year. After months of experimenting with different flour combinations, Bergemann eventually landed on a dough recipe that combined spelt, durham and wheat and rests, undergoing fermentation, for more than 60 hours. The result is a light and airy crust with complex, funky flavors, inspired by the classic Roman style.
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Corner Slice currently offers tomato, white and cheese pies, both by the slice and as whole pizzas, that can be customized with any of 11 topping options including roasted onion, pickled chili and hot soppressata. The menu also includes a breakfast sandwich stuffed with peppers and sausage, meatball and porchetta sandwiches for lunch, an “antipasto style” green salad and classic desserts like root-beer floats and lemon ices.