Pizza Hut Takes On Two Big Apple Traditions; Wine Tasting at YAO

Big New Yorker Pizza Bagel (Image: Pizza Hut x Yeastie Boys)

It’s hard to know whether Pizza Hut was setting its sights on rival KFC, which came out last month with the Chizza — a mashup of fried chicken and pizza — but the chain’s latest is a collaborative effort with L.A.-based bagel chain Yeastie Boys. Styled the Big New Yorker Pizza Bagel, the offering will go on sale in New York City for a limited run beginning March 22.

According to trade publication Restaurant Business, Pizza Hut’s Chief Food Innovation Officer Rachel Antalek salutes the Big New Yorkers Pizza Bagel as “a bold celebration of New York’s culinary spirit.” Maybe someone should tell her about the pizza bagel that devoured Cleveland sold by Utopia Bagels in Queens. As I noted last year around this time, the humongous invention weighs 20 pounds and feeds at least ten.

Wine Tasting at YAO

In order to show off its wine cellar, FiDi newcomer YAO will host a wine tasting with small bites on March 20 and 21. The five selections chosen by sommelier Michael Goff will include:

  • a Champagne (Bruno Paillard Extra Brut Grande Reserve),
  • a dry white from Croatia (Saints Hills “Posh” Posit 2022),
  • a semi-dry Riesling from Germany (Max Von Richter Mulheimer Sonnenlay “Kabinett” 2021),
  • a medium-bodied Nebbiolo from Italy (Gaja Sito Moresco Piedmont Langhe 2021),
  • a full-bodied Bordeaux from France (Château Monbousquet Grand Cru Classe 2018).
Dim sum (Image: YAO)

Hors d’oeuvre will include shrimp dumplings, fried eggplant, herb lamb chops, and fried oysters.

There will be two seatings at the restaurant’s bar, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., with nine seats per seating. The cost per person is $100.

Reservations can be made via Resy.

YAO, 213 Pearl Street (at Maiden Lane), 916-265-8026.

Madeleine Price contributed to this report.

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