Q&A: Pizza Expert Adam Tomei

April 17, 2013 | by —Alexandra Calamari | Homepage

Chef Adam Tomei at work.   
Chef/actor Adam Tomei reigning over the kitchen at his weekly Lexington Social House pop-up.  

Adam Tomei wears many hats—he’s an actor known for roles in Flight and She’s Out of My League, the younger brother of actress Marisa Tomei, and the chef host of a Wednesday night pop-up pizzeria at Lexington Social House. There, Tomei’s menu changes weekly to incorporate everything from classic combinations inspired by his childhood in Brooklyn, to innovative mixes like the ode to CB with panteleo, sliced red onion, slivered almonds, rosemary, and olive oil. Below, the pizza guru dishes on his favorite pies, what he indulges in at Lexington Social House, and more.

How did you get into pizza?
ADAM TOMEI: Being an Italian-American from Brooklyn, it’s just part of my DNA. 

What’s the craziest pizza combination you’ve ever made that actually worked?
AT: I tend to stick to the classics. The dessert pizza I've been experimenting with is probably the closest thing to crazy that I've tried.  

From the pies you’ve served recently at your pop-up, what’s your favorite?
AT: I'm loving the smokey pazzo [with smoked mozzarella, speck, roasted red peppers, ricotta, and olive oil]. The smoky, combined with sweet and salty is too damn good.

Aside from your pizza, what’s your favorite item on the Lexington Social House menu?
AT: The fried chicken, but that would be my answer to every question if fried chicken could be an answer.

Is acting or cooking more nerve-wracking?
AT: They're pretty similar, actually. There are lots of nerves during the build-up, and then, once you're in it, you're too busy to be nervous.  

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