February 9 is Pizza Day!
And here in NYC pizza is a pretty big deal. From Brooklyn to Queens, Manhattan to Staten Island and the Bronx, every borough has their preferences when it comes to these magical mouthwatering works of art. But instead of getting into a pizza war by picking a list of favorite spots, we’ve decided to highlight some cool pizza art. Whether you’re looking for a little something to hang on your wall or simply some lunch inspiration, here are our top picks.
Artist Dan Bransfield created pizza passion project Cities by the Slice to showcase favorite slices from NYC, Miami, Portland, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and so many more. Hungry for more of his work? He also wrote and illustrated a Pizzapedia that goes into the history, ingredients and stories behind pizza.
Not an artwork depicting pizza, but the huge stained glass ceiling at John’s Pizza in Times Square is surely something to be admired. About 100 years before it was a pizzeria, this space housed Gospel Tabernacle church. Though John’s took over in 1995, the spectacular stained glass ceiling and some matching windows remain today.
We’ve been following local artist Amanda Giuffre’s Noun New York Instagram for a while now and we really love the charming “slice of life” NYC storefront illustrations, which include iconic favorites like Joe’s Pizza, Village Square Pizza, Scarr’s and Rubirosa. Check out Amanda’s website for prints.
Speaking of Instagram, we must share our love for Pizza Rat by Santiago Villegas. You might wonder how someone can make a rat so cute and fun. He pulls it off by painting in bright colors and placing the rats in humorous city scenes, whether hugging a piece of pizza, donning New Year’s glasses, hanging on a Broadway street sign or popping out of a coffee cup. The 2024 calendar is a great way to admire Pizza Rat all year long.
If you’re unfamiliar with French street artist Invader, his tilework creations can be found hiding on buildings, bridges, tunnels, palaces, space stations, sidewalks and walls all over the world, including 219 places in NYC. There’s a fun, free FlashInvaders app you can use to capture the street art as you come across it—and while we don’t want to include any spoilers, a few of his pieces are indeed pizza related. (If you do want spoilers, check out some of the artwork here.)
Born and raised in Queens, Justin combines his love for food and art through his Hungry Artist NY Instagram. Appreciate pizza closeup by admiring his by-the-slice illustrations of Joe’s, Rosa’s, Romeo’s and Louie’s. We love the vibrant colors!
Okay, he might not be a NY slice (is he?!) but Pizza the Hutt from the 1987 movie Spaceballs is certainly a work of art that deserves a spot on our list. Designed by artist Ken Diaz, the uncomfortable costume is said to have been made with 25 pounds of fiberglass, foam latex, steam jets, hoses, pancake batter and actual pizza toppings.