MDW calls and says -- lets go try the new pizza place. The place is called "Authentic NY pizza", it is in a strip mall, off of the general beaten path here in South Texas. There is absolutely no way that i am going to enjoy it.
I have ruined many pizza meals (dining out) with my general knowledge of pizza, and all the whatnot, by speaking my opinion on the subject. I told myself that I would not ruin this meal by revealing to anyone that I had a basic knowledge of pizza, or that I had participated on the Chau Tour. So I met the family there, with my lips sealed.
The promise to myself lasted about 30 seconds as I see the owner working the Blodget deck oven. I say what is your favorite NY pizza to the kid seating us. He says ours. The owner (a NY'er) hears my question and comes over to talk NY pizza. He blurts out his favorites, and I reply with Best, Pizza Town, New Park and Pauly Gees. He is dumbfounded that someone can speak NY pizza.
The pizza that this guy was cranking out was not real NY pizza in my opinion, but we all enjoyed it. It was alot better than average. The oven is open and closed so much that the pizza needed more top heat and he cooked them on a screen for a bit. The meatball with penne pasta was excellent. I could smell the fermentation in the pizza crust, it was excellent.
I went to the counter to checkout and he came up to visit. I showed him the pictures on my phone from the Chau Tour, he was truely appreciative and said that the pictures made him homesick. I said 'the pizza taste like All Trumps Bleached and Bromated, he looked at me like I was a ghost and said yes.