Sal Basille and Francis Garcia are first cousins, best friends, and together they own some of the most successful pizza shops in NYC. They're always on the search for the best pizza around so, in honor of Fran's birthday, they head off on a road trip to visit Graceland. It's the experience of a lifetime for an Elvis fanatic like Fran and, of course, these pizza masters make some stops along the way to discover the best pizza Tennessee has to offer.
Season 2, Episode 1

Black Magic Pizza

The mojo's rising as Francis Garcia and Sal Basille find themselves in New Orleans, where food comes first. The guys make a stop at Slice Pizzeria for New Orleans-style pizza. Fran settles down with an elaborate Bloody Mary at Apolline while Sal has an encounter with his own Bloody Mary. Then they head to Domilise's for a taste of their famous po' boy. The guys step out to the historic Little Gem Saloon where legends of jazz have graced the stage; but, the star of the show is always their famous Louisiana crawfish cheesecake.

Monday
Jun 13
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 4

Deep Dish Pizza? - Chicago, IL

New York pizza guys Fran Garcia and Sal Basille are in The Windy City armed with fork, knife and napkins and on a mission to discover the secrets of Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Their goal is to settle the age old debate: Is Chicago deep dish even pizza at all? First, they head to Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, the arguable birthplace of deep dish, to make the Chicago classic stuffed with sausage on a butter crust. Next, they stop by Roots Handmade Pizza to try a new take on Chicago-style with their Taco Pizza. Finally, they head to Hoosier Mama's for a deep dish pie on the sweeter side. Pizza or not, the verdict on this trip to Chicago is sure to be delicious.

Monday
Jun 13
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 6

Sal's Big Fat Italian Birthday

It's Sal's birthday, and his cousin Fran has a surprise party planned for him. He's invited the whole family to come celebrate, dozens of fun, happy, loud Italians of all ages partying in Fran's big house in Staten Island. Before the shindig, Fran has to keep Sal occupied all day so he doesn't catch wind of the party. So he has set up a special birthday lunch for Sal at his favorite Asian restaurant in the city, Xi'an Famous Foods, where owner and chef Jason Wang will give Sal a private lesson on the secrets of hand pulled noodles and dumplings. Fran has also arranged a custom batch of lemon meringue birthday doughnuts from Fany Gerson at Dough for the party, but they are not ready in time so Fran stalls as he tells Sal they have to head to Artichoke Pizza to handle a "big order." Finally, Fran and Sal head to the house in Staten Island and, when they arrive, Sal's completely surprised! The whole family is there, some of whom he hasn't seen in a long time. They celebrate his BIG, FAT ITALIAN BIRTHDAY the only way they know how ... family, fun and lots of great food!

Monday
Jun 20
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 4

Grandpa's Postcard

Francis Garcia and Sal Basille set off to Key West, Fla., on a search for buried riches at the bottom of the sea, and food treasures on land. At Roostica, they discover wood-fired pizza with an incomparable island flair, before heading to Firefly for a unique spin on Key Lime pie. After hitting the high seas in search of booty, Fran and Sal head to the Half Shell Raw Bar where they dive into some fresh Lionfish and conch fritters while sipping on some shipwreck rum.

Monday
Jun 20
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 8

Hats Off to Franny

It's opening day of a new Artichoke in Brooklyn but Fran cannot find his lucky hat, and he won't open without it. The day before he and Sal went on one of their famous food tours of favorite restaurants in and around New York, so they retrace their day looking for the hat. The day started in the old neighborhood on Staten Island and the famous Clam Pizza at Lee's Tavern. Then, they headed to Zeppieri's & Sons in the Bronx to satisfy their sweet tooth with world famous Italian sfogliatelles. Finally, they capped off their mouthwatering trip with dinner at Fornos of Spain in Newark, N.J., where they feasted on authentic Seafood Paella and Codfish Croquettes.

Monday
Jun 27
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 2

Miss Rhode Island Italia

Francis Garcia and Sal Basille have been asked to help judge the Miss Rhode Island Italia pageant, held annually in Providence. And the guys can't wait to check out the city's well-known food scene. First stop is Caserta's Pizza in historic Federal Hill, then they're off to Al Forno to meet the creator of grilled pizza. After the pageant, Fran and Sal celebrate at Iggy's on the coast for some seafood classics and a fried, sugary treat called a doughboy.

Monday
Jun 27
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 2

Close Encounters of the Hungry Kind - New Mexico

Vegas, baby! But not the one you're thinking of. No, this Vegas is slap dab in the heart of New Mexico, a quaint little town with deep roots in Old Western lore, and being just two hours north of Roswell, it's at the tip of "Alien Alley," a place with more UFO sightings than anywhere else in the world. Why are Fran and Sal, two Staten Island pizza guys, in this remote location in the middle of the desert looking for ETs? Sal has been obsessed with UFOs and all things extraterrestrial since he was a kid, and he desperately wants to make "contact." Fran, on the other hand, would rather be making contact with hundred dollar bills on the "real" Vegas strip. But, on this trip, one thing they can agree on is that there are some good eats in New Mexico. First, the boys grab breakfast at a place called Charlie's Spic & Span Bakery & Cafe where they learn the secret of New Mexican cooking, red and green chiles. Next, they set up camp in the desert and look for UFOs while they make a Grilled Pizza and their version of Pork and Beans under the stars. Finally, they reach Roswell, N.M., and discover Chef Toddzilla and his out of this world Zilla Burger and Cheescake Bombs.

Monday
Jul 11
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 3

Miami Slice

Francis Garcia and Sal Basille are in Miami for a charity golf tournament. While they don't know the first thing about golf, they do know how to find the best eats that Miami has to offer. First up, Thea's Pizzeria, to see how Thea's artichoke pizza compares to their own. Fran and Sal find the best Cuban Sandwich in Miami at David's Cafe Cafecito, and finally, they head to Michael's Genuine for a mouthwatering grouper and a refreshing lychee cocktail to help them unwind after a long day on the links.

Monday
Jul 11
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 7

Urban Cowboys

Francis Garcia and Sal Basille are headed to Bozeman, Mont., for a city slicker adventure on a working ranch. Their excursion starts with a home-cooked meal of sourdough bread, baked beans and beef tenderloin at the G Bar M Ranch. The next morning, they head into town for a hearty cowboy breakfast that's washed down with a huckleberry milkshake. They mosey over to Red Tractor Pizza to get a taste of their "farm to pizza" pies, and then end their trip with homemade strawberry rhubarb pie.

Monday
Jul 18
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 6

Chillin' in Alaska

Francis Garcia and Sal Basille take a break from the thick New York heat, and rent a lakeside cabin in Juneau, Alaska, to relax in the cool weather and check out the local food scene. They head to Tracy's King Crab Shack for the freshest Alaskan king crab and sea scallops in the country, and then discover some sweet treats at the Alaskan Fudge Company. Last, but not least, they experience a smoked salmon pizza at The Island Pub and cross their fingers that they'll be able to go on an airplane delivery!

Monday
Jul 18
7:30am | 6:30c

Extra Toppings

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Caffecito

The Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

Spicy Cumin Lamb Hand-Ripped Noodles

Key Lime Cake

The Lou

Ying-Yang

Pesto Perfection Pie

Sicilian Pie

Jalapestroni Pizza

Sourdough Bread

El Rollo

Guisados Pico De Gallo

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Guisados Pickled Onions

Frickaccio's Stromboli

Iggy's Clam Cakes

Bananas Foster

Ranch Baked Beans

Veal Pizzaiola

Cod Fish Croquettes

Smoked Salmon Pizza

Steamed Crab Legs

Chef Toddzilla's Caramel-Apple Cheesecake Bombs

Domilise's Off-the-Menu Special

Crawfish Cheesecake

Hoosier Mama S'More Pie

Wimpy Skippy

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