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Pepperoni pizza crust at Emmy Squared in NYC is everything

At Emmy Squared in Williamsburg, something delicious is happening with pizza crust.

Chef and co-owner Matt Hyland is serving a weekend special called PepperNoni and it's going to appeal to pepperoni lovers everywhere. The pan-baked Detroit-style pie features three kinds of peppers on top of tomato sauce and cheese, but the real showstopper is the crust.

No one's favorite part of the pizza plays host to Hyland's latest great idea: pepperoni-studded crust.

The pizza, dubbed the PepperNoni after Noni Val-Hackett, the general manager of Emmy Squared, is $21 and is served on Fridays and Saturdays only. And you can only get it at the Burger Bar, located beneath Emmy Squared, which serves his much-hyped burger as well as pizza specials.

"We can have more fun down here," Hyland said. "A lot of the stuff we do is nostalgic, it's lowbrow."

Lowbrow or not, who can argue with pepperoni crust? Now let's take a look at this pizza, shall we?

The base

Each PepperNoni pie at Emmy Squared begins this
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

Each PepperNoni pie at Emmy Squared begins this way -- with dough and lots of cheese inside a square pan.

Saucy

Tomato sauce comes next. This is a red
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

Tomato sauce comes next. This is a red pie, people.

Three kinds of peppers

Green bell peppers and banana peppers are sprinkled
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

Green bell peppers and banana peppers are sprinkled on first.

Hatch chilis

The New Mexico green pepper specialty is supplied
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The New Mexico green pepper specialty is supplied to Emmy Squared by the Zia Green Chile Company (ziagreenchileco.com), which also has a stand at Smorgasburg.

Pepperoni edges

See the crumbled pepperoni?
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

See the crumbled pepperoni?

Cooked on a conveyor belt

The pie is cooked in a convection oven
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

The pie is cooked in a convection oven and cycles through it on a conveyor belt. (Cool.) The oven is about 500 degrees and the pie takes 9 minutes to cook.

Slice it up

Each pie at Emmy Squared is sliced into
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

Each pie at Emmy Squared is sliced into six squares.

The PepperNoni

The crispy pepperoni edges beckon.
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

The crispy pepperoni edges beckon.

A closer look

The pepperoni gives this pie a delicious and
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

The pepperoni gives this pie a delicious and satisfying crunch.

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