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by JEFF LEVINSON
I love pizza and living in New York, we have a lot of choices.
I consider myself a pizza connoisseur. I like to try different
places and compare to see what's good and what is garbage!
Now, I grew up in Long Island, which has excellent pizza places.
I went to school in West Virginia, and the pizza places there,
were, well, questionable for the most part.
I would like to think that I have a knack for good tasting pizza.
The thing in NYC is that everyone claims they have the best pizza
in NYC. I guess that is a matter of opinion, but it doesn't matter
what you think because I am writing this article, not you, so with
that said, let's get to it...
So what makes a good pizza? Well, to me it is the sauce and
cheese distribution. I personally don't want my cheese coming off
my pizza while eating it. I also think how well and how the pizza
is cooked. I often tell them I want it well done so the pizza is
crispy. Nothing better than biting into a NY pizza and hearing that
crisp sound when you bite into it. It is music to my ears! Some
places the pizza can be kind of doughy and too soft. It can still
be good, don't get me wrong, but my preference is crisp all day!
As far as the sauce is concerned, I don't like zesty sauce or sauce
that tastes like ketchup. I recently went to a place called "Majestic"
and I will never go back there again! The pizza was ok, but the
sauce was way off and had a cheap taste to it, not only that, it
made me sick, so that was a waste of $18.00. I am willing to shell
out the dough to try the dough, but if the dough sucks, then I won't
go back any more, ever!
Another thing I consider is how greasy the pizza is. I don't like
blotting the pizza with a napkin, but I have many times because it
is so greasy. I like clean pizza, no grease, no mess, no need for
blotting. I recently tried a place called Pomodoros and it was really
good! They made it quickly, it was a small personal pan pizza, but
it was crisp, sauce was on point and the cheese was good! If I had
one complaint, the flatness and lack of girth. I would definitely
recommend them to anyone looking for a good pizza and the pricing
photo by Pedro Sandrini
am not one for multiple toppings, so I like just cheese or
maybe pepperoni, but for the purpose of this article, I am
talking about cheese, no toppings. I can go on and on about
pizza, so I will! Another really important factor for me is
customer service and how busy a pizza place is. I hate waiting,
it gets me irritable, so for me, no wait is a huge plus!
Greeting me is always nice, as opposed to just being monotone
and a sourpuss, nooone wants to deal with a sourpuss! Cleanliness
is also important because you don't want to walk into a pizza
place that looks like a dorm room! For the most part, the pizza
places have been pretty good, as far as clean. The bottom line
is, if you are a complete dick and give me attitude for whatever
reason, chances are I am not coming back, no matter how good
the pizza is, first impression is vital, you want to feel
comfortable, and enjoy the food!