Reality TV is not just for the Jersey Shore anymore, as a new reality show debuting Wednesday focuses on the goings-on at a company that gives tours of Brooklyn designed especially for food lovers. Borough reporter Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.
As authentic as it gets — that's the slogan for a new reality show called "A Slice Of Brooklyn."
It's based on the Slice of Brooklyn company that owner Tony Muia started back in 2005, offering bus tours with a focus on pizza.
"It's really such an homage to the borough and its places and its people and its food," says Muia.
He starts his tours at Grimaldi's by the Fulton Ferry Landing in DUMBO, where the pizza has a thin crust and is made in a coal-burning brick oven. He then heads over to L&B Spumoni Gardens in Bensonhurst, where he shows off a doughy Sicilian where the sauce goes on top of the cheese.
"You grow up eating amazing pizza in Brooklyn and I figure it had to be a part of whatever tour I did," says Muia.
As Muia's company started to grow, he hired more tour guides, his cousin Paula and a Bensonhurst native, Michelle, who are both part of the show.
So are other family members, like his godfather, Uncle Louie, and his cousin, Fat Sal.
"I'm here every day to make sure there's no leftover pizza. as my mother says you just don't throw stuff out nowadays," says Fat Sal.
And there's his cousin, Frankie Pancakes.
"We're here to help Anthony out with his tour. We're here to deal with the competition," says Frankie Pancakes.
Muia has seen competition from other tour companies and that is part of the show. Meanwhile, he's expanded his business to include other neighborhoods and other specialties like egg creams and cannolis.
"I not only want people to learn about Brooklyn through their minds and their hearts but also their stomachs," says Muia.
"A Slice Of Brooklyn" airs on the Travel Channel at 10 p.m. Wednesday.