Thanks for telling me you are a chef but your heart is with pizza. Glad to hear you do bake pizzas. Interesting that you try as many pizzerias as possible. I used to do that too, plus try all kinds of pizzas at home and at market. I still am experimenting but not as much as before. I know there is a media disconnect about some really good food places. I don't know how that can be corrected.
Well, on some level, I am happy that my favorite pizzerias and family Italian restaurants are not blitzed in the food media, I surely do not want to wait an hour to get a slice at those places. My only concern is that this past generation, the youngsters do not want to take over the family business, and once the lease ends, the rent skyrockets, and they close. I have seen it too many times, it is sad. Luckily, places in Queens have not gone through the same gentrification as lower Manhattan and NW Brooklyn..... as of YET... I worry that it will one day, and once they close, that food will be gone forever and replaced by corporate generic flavors or cheapened workflows. I am sure there are talented folks on this forum (like yourself), but for every 1 person here, there's 4 others operating a dollar slice pizzeria as a quick low quality cash play in NYC. I live in Manhattan, I think it's really pathetic that I need to take a subway ride to go to a good slice joint. Believe me there is alot of awful pizzerias in NYC these days especially in Manhattan.
Mimi's pizza just closed in the upper east side.http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2016/06/mimis-pizza.html