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Re: 35 Best Pizzas in America 2012
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2012, 11:40:15 PM »
I'm not a big fan of best pizza lists, and IMO, that is possibly the worst I've seen.
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Re: 35 Best Pizzas in America 2012
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2012, 11:40:34 PM »
I see DiFara on the NY list.  I didn't see Cane Rosso or the Garage on the Texas list.  Nuff said, it is a bogus list.  Period.
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Re: 35 Best Pizzas in America 2012
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2012, 12:11:02 AM »
I guess I'm very lucky to live within 10 miles of 2 of the places listed.
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Re: 35 Best Pizzas in America 2012
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2012, 12:51:22 AM »
I agree that these lists are usually pretty much bogus.

I look at things from a different perspective than many of you here. I haven't had the fortune to visit pizzerias all over the country (or world) like you guys have. I have only been to one of the places on the list; Spacca Napoli in Chicago. In fact, that was the first Neapolitan pizza that I ever had.

One thing that I did notice about this list though is that most (not all) of the pictures in the slideshow look pretty darn good to me. I have seen some of these lists where most of the pies pictured leave me wondering, how could these be the best?

Maybe we should compile a list of favorites. I think that the membership here would be a much better judge than most food critics.
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Re: 35 Best Pizzas in America 2012
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2012, 06:51:56 AM »
With so many different tastes and opinions it might work best to give lists of about 10 and then start looking for overlap.  For some of us on the forum it might make a pretty good bucket list!



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Re: 35 Best Pizzas in America 2012
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2012, 01:37:29 PM »

Com'on with the attitudes...There are some good looking pizzas on the list and good pizza shops posted...Are we so good that we always have to criticize what someone else does?...Ask who were the best presidents in the US and you would get many answers...Lighten up with the criticisms...

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Re: 35 Best Pizzas in America 2012
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2012, 05:27:43 PM »
Com'on with the attitudes...There are some good looking pizzas on the list and good pizza shops posted...Are we so good that we always have to criticize what someone else does?...Ask who were the best presidents in the US and you would get many answers...Lighten up with the criticisms...

Ask who were the best presidents and the thread will get locked.  :-D

Seriously, why should critics be above criticism? IMO, lists like these are all but worthless. I said this one was one of the worst because of their methodology that forced 5 winners into each region even if other places excluded in other regions are clearly better. Reading their winners and noting the places that didn't make the list only further confirmed my belief. Don't read this to say I think every place on the list is bad.  nd when 18 of the 20 "American chefs, restaurant critics, and pizza authorities" refused to sign their name on it, I'm even less impressed. I'm curious who were the "pizza authorites" on the panel?

What would be the point of posting a list like this and not discussing it and the idea of best pizza lists?

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Re: 35 Best Pizzas in America 2012
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2012, 05:54:00 PM »

  Co. is definitely one of my favorites in Manhattan.  As well as another personal favorite Ovest. 

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Re: 35 Best Pizzas in America 2012
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2012, 06:10:29 PM »
 Co. is definitely one of my favorites in Manhattan.  As well as another personal favorite Ovest.

I'm not arguing Co., but Joe's, John's and DiFara?

This reads a lot like most famous pizzerias rather than best, which is how these best lists almost always pan out- fame over quality.


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Re: 35 Best Pizzas in America 2012
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2012, 06:20:17 PM »
Com'on with the attitudes...There are some good looking pizzas on the list and good pizza shops posted...Are we so good that we always have to criticize what someone else does?...Ask who were the best presidents in the US and you would get many answers...Lighten up with the criticisms...

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Re: 35 Best Pizzas in America 2012
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2012, 07:02:22 PM »
I agree that these lists are usually pretty much bogus.......


Maybe we should compile a list of favorites. I think that the membership here would be a much better judge than most food critics.

I wouldn't call the list bogus. To the average consumer, it's a good starting place for those looking to adventure on a search for the best pizza in a particular area. Once they try the places on the list they will have opportunity to talk to other pizza fanatics to get ideas of other places to try.

I also like your suggestion that we come up with our own list!!! Please, by all means, start a new thread. If it turns out well, it might get nominated as a sticky post.

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Re: 35 Best Pizzas in America 2012
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2012, 07:05:36 PM »
OMG, Bob, that's a real beauty!
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Re: 35 Best Pizzas in America 2012
« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2012, 07:57:51 PM »
I wouldn't call the list bogus. To the average consumer, it's a good starting place for those looking to adventure on a search for the best pizza in a particular area. Once they try the places on the list they will have opportunity to talk to other pizza fanatics to get ideas of other places to try.

I'm not sure the average consumer is a pizza fanatic or talks to pizza fanatics. I think it is more likely that it is someone who simply googles "best pizza" which unfortunately won't get them to Best Pizza (on Havemeyer) either.

If you went to NYC with this list how would you feel after if you went to Joe's or John's and didn't even know Keste, right between the two, might be a better choice?
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Re: 35 Best Pizzas in America 2012
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2012, 08:07:55 PM »
I'm not sure the average consumer is a pizza fanatic or talks to pizza fanatics. I think it is more likely that it is someone who simply googles "best pizza" which unfortunately won't get them to Best Pizza (on Havemeyer) either.

If you went to NYC with this list how would you feel after if you went to Joe's or John's and didn't even know Keste, right between the two, might be a better choice?

I guess you would be left feeling like Joe average pizza consumer...you win some you loose some. And, hopefully, you live and you learn...
And then next year try the next new list?   ;D
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Re: 35 Best Pizzas in America 2012
« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2012, 04:25:17 AM »
If you went to NYC with this list how would you feel after if you went to Joe's or John's and didn't even know Keste, right between the two, might be a better choice?


Good point! All the more reason we should come up with our own list.
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Re: 35 Best Pizzas in America 2012
« Reply #16 on: September 20, 2012, 10:09:40 PM »
I really hate to see that Betolla wasn't included in the Southern region choices. Supposedly they are pumping out some really good pies using a great mixer and a Forno Napoletano oven. Very rarely does Alabama make the best of lists for anything though.... Atlanta reigns king.

And does Co. pie look burnt to anyone else? I love char on a pizza, but that looks like charcoal on some places.
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Re: 35 Best Pizzas in America 2012
« Reply #17 on: September 20, 2012, 11:03:03 PM »
I'm not arguing Co., but Joe's, John's and DiFara?

This reads a lot like most famous pizzerias rather than best, which is how these best lists almost always pan out- fame over quality.

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Re: 35 Best Pizzas in America 2012
« Reply #18 on: September 20, 2012, 11:05:20 PM »
If you went to NYC with this list how would you feel after if you went to Joe's or John's and didn't even know Keste, right between the two, might be a better choice?


Unfortunately, I did exactly that in May (went to both of them). That was before I knew better.  :'(
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