"The Dude" Abides: 10 Wickedly Clever "Pizza Noir" Pies at New York's Two Boots

Two Boots, a Cajun-themed restaurant and pizzeria, was opened in New York’s East Village in 1987 by two indie filmmakers, Doris Kornish and Phil Hartman. The restaurant’s devotion to movies, pop culture and wacky pizza creations has fueled rapid growth, withlocations in multiple states. Here’s our top 10 list of Two Boots’ "pizza noir" (we can make up words, too) classics:

1. The Dude

One of Two Boots' daily special selectionsis a cheddar cheese homage to the patron saint of slackers,The Jeff Bridges classic, The Great Lebowski. "The Dude" also stars tasso ham and beef and andouille burger bites. It’s "The Dude," man. Doesn’t even have to work hard to be great.

2. The Cleopatra Jones

The Cleopatra Jones celebrates one of the first and most successful blaxploitation flicks ever, a 1973 spoof on the James Bond franchise starring the spicy Tamara Dobson. Two Boots’ pizza version is equally smokin’ with hot Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, red onions and mozzarella.

3. The St. Nic

This one honors theAmerican actor with the greatest reputation for appearing in both awesome movies andhideous stinkers. Think Raising Arizona vs. The Ghost Rider. Nicolas Cage has overacted his way to Two Boots immortality with a white-sauced pie smothered inshrimp, sliced tomatoes and jalapeno pesto.

4. The Mel Cooley

Who? You know, the nerdy-looking dude (the real Dude’s antithesis) who playedRob Petrie'sboss in the old Dick Van Dyke show. Watch it on TVLand. It's funny!This Two Boots hit is another white pie named for the whitest guy in history and features pesto, sundried tomatoes, ricotta cheese and roasted peppers.

5. The 11

That’s the number on my stereo volume dial that mademyparents scream, "Turn it down!" when I blastedWhole Lotta Love. It’s also Christopher Guest’s funniest Spinal Tap bit. Off-the-charts flavor is what Two Boots’ "The 11" createswith all-natural bacon, habanero peppers, capicola and jalapeno pesto.

6. The Kraken

Maybe the Kraken doesn’t rate as a movie star, but she ate up every scene in The Clash of the Titans, the movie that nearly ruined LiamNeeson's career. “Release the Kraken” at Two Boots, andyou’ll feast on sweet Italian sausage, jalapenos, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses on a round Sicilian crust.

7. The Bayou Beast of the Southern Wild

Yep, one of those Oscar-nominated, never-saw-it movies that gets talked about at cocktail parties I don’t get invited to anyway. I wish someone would invite meto Two Boots to chow down with this New Orleans-style seafood beauty, resplendent with heaps of spiced shrimp, crawfish, andouille and jalapenos.

8. The Emily Litella

I loved Gilda Radner, but I’m not sure about an eggplant pi…NEVERMIND. What’s not to like about breaded eggplant, sweet red pepper pesto, and ricotta AND mozzarella cheeses?

9. V for Vegan

I hate scary masks! Whether it’s Jason in Friday the 13th or Darth Vader or the get-a-dateanarchists who are still wearing that creepy thing from V for Vendetta. Nothin'creepy about this radical veggie pie boastingartichokes, shiitake mushrooms, red onions, pepper pesto and non-dairy (of course) cheese.

10. Kanye'sCalifornia Dreamin'

Apparently this guy was sick of pizza. I don’t think you can trust Kanye West’s judgment nowadays, but I’ll give him a pass based on how awesome this calzone looks. Maybe he could invite Taylor Swift and President-elect Trump down to Two Boots for a pizza. Maybe they'd even share. Naw.