When I was growing up Friday night was always pizza, beer and a movie night. I really enjoyed this tradition as a kid, but this isn’t a tradition that has followed me into adulthood. Friday night these days is always either date night out on the town(if we’re living in the city) or steak and martini night(if we’re living in the country). But if I were to call my dad around 6pm tonight and ask what he was up to he would most certainly be on his way home with a hot pizza. Some traditions never truly die.
When researching a new pizza joint in New York you really have to look beyond the hype…because there’s a lot of it. I have a hard time crowning any pizza place “the best”. There are just so many different options and styles and flavors. Enter…my new pizza rating system, which is actually, no rating at all.
Everyone has something they like best about pizza, and everyone’s tastes vary so greatly in this regard that instead of describing ad nauseum things like cheese pull-y-ness or tomato sauce sweetness, I’ve decided to break all of my pizza experiences into a few important categories. In the end, it’s all about giving you, the reader, enough information to make an informed decision on whether or not you’re interested in even giving these places a shot. Pizza Blog Community…prepare to be wow’d
First…Wait Time. This one is super-duper important. There are so many places out there that have lines out the door an hour before they open for lunch (Di Fara, I’m looking at you). Places sell out of dough early. Places have super limited seating. All of these things and more factor into how long you’re gonna wait for that slice of pie…and it’s good to know before you show up and then immediately turn around and walk away defeated, hungry and pissed off.
Second…Price! Over $30 for a pizza? Absolutely…and then some. The hubby and I are constantly having the “is this really worth the extra $15” discussion.
Third…Seating & Ambiance . I’m keeping this part simple and need to know like…are there even seats in the joint?! Often there are not. I’ll also mention whether or not you should consider chasing your slice down with an antibiotic. Sometimes the pizza is so good you can overlook the health code violations…but I’ll let you be the judge of that.
Fourth…Pizza Style. Sicilian, Neapolitan, New York Style, thin crust, deep fried. I’ll try my best to accurately nail down the style.
Fifth…Taste. I’ll take into effect seasoning, crust, flop-factor (whether good or bad), quality of ingredients and overall how it made me feel while trying to keep the flowery adjectives down to a minimum.
Extras…Do they sell slices or whole pies? Do they serve anything other than pizza? Beer and wine or just overpriced cans of Pellegrino? Does this place offer something to make it stand out from the crowd?
In the end I won’t be giving it stars or slices or any silly 1 – 5 rating because honestly, I’m not sure I’ll be able to do any of my favorite pizza places justice if I do.
P.S. Check out my first review using this system and let me know if you think it works or if you’d rather me throw caution to the wind and rate it out of, say, 5 or 10 points: http://rnwdblog.com/2013/01/18/old-school-gangster-rap-and-deep-fried-pizza/