Michael Ayoub

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Michael Ayoub 'Out' at Fornino Park Slope; Ignacio Mattos 'Out' at Il Buco

    ​Michael Ayoub, founder of Fornino pizzeria, has left Fornino Park Slope after just nine months in operation. He is still reportedly involved in the Williamsburg location. [Eater] Ignacio Mattos, the long-time chef at Il Buco, has left to pursue other ventures. No replacement has yet been ann ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Fornino Park Slope's Carry-Out Shop Likely To Open Tomorrow

    Fornino's clam pie​ Flo Fab has a write-up of Fornino Park Slope's new carry-out shop, Fornino At Home, in this week's New York Times food section. A call to the restaurant yields the information that the shop is almost ready and is likely to open tomorrow. It will sell Fornino's pizza-centric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    At I Trulli, No "Dumbed Down" Children's Menu

    Share Our StrengthPears: not dumbed down.​Michael Ayoub may have caved in to customer demands for a children's menu at Fornino, but don't expect Nicola Marzovilla to follow suit: the owner of I Trulli considers them "dumbed down."

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Posts of the Week

    It's Friday afternoon, and thus time to look back at the best posts of the week: We ranked Our 10 Best Red Hook Restaurants. The Clover Club's Franky Marshall talked about holy bars, clean glasses, and the perils of being a hot female bartender. Here's 14 foods that haven't yet been invented.

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Fornino's Michael Ayoub on Park Slope's Former Grit, Growing up in the Kitchen, and Grilled Pizza

    Michael Ayoub's Sicilian grilled pizza​Chef/owner Michael Ayoub opened Fornino Park Slope a week and a half ago, but it's not the first time Ayoub has cooked at 256 Fifth Avenue. In 1990, in that same space, Ayoub opened Cucina as co-owner and chef. The Italian restaurant was reportedly the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Fornino's Michael Ayoub on Children's Menus and Chefs Responding to Critics

    Michael Ayoub's grilled pizza with clams.​Earlier today we brought you Fornino chef Michael Ayoub's thoughts on Park Slope's charms and former grit, growing up in the kitchen, and why he jettisoned the wood-burning oven for the grill. Here, in the second part of the interview, we talk about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Pizza on the Grill; Offensive Food Names; Outspoken Chefs

    This week in food blogs... Grub Street discovered that, at the forthcoming Fornino Park Slope, Michael Ayoub will abandon the pizza oven to cook his pies on the grill. Eater captured a furry friend digging around the West Village chocolate shop Pure Dark. Well, its picture -- not the rodent itself ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Fornino Will Open a New Location in Park Slope

    PinkIguanaCome April, Fifth Avenue will look a little more like Bedford Avenue.​Nine years after he closed Cucina, the Park Slope restaurant he opened in 1990, Michael Ayoub is not only returning to the neighborhood, but to Cucina's exact Fifth Avenue address to open a second location of Forni ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 16, 2007

    That's Dough Way It Is

    A new thin-crust pizza flourishes on the DL