John, after the hideous looking pies Craig was served at Lombardi'shttp://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,17056.msg166031.html#msg166031
and my own incredibly disappointing Totonno's experience, as well as your track record with coal, I had completely given up on coal oven pizza. And then I tasted a Pepe's pie, and that changed EVERYTHING. We're talking paradigm shift. It was not without it's flaws- the rim was so black in some areas, I couldn't eat it- but the sauce, the cheese, the romano- oh my goodness, oh my goodness
My eyes roll back in my head when I eat a Motorino brussel sprouts pie. This Pepe's pie didn't have that level of ecstasy, but, rather, you experience this incredibly deep level of satisfaction. You start eating it and you're happy, you keep eating it, and that happiness continues. When you hit the last bite, it's like "what, it's over?
" Unlike other pizza, where the first bite is better than the last, this is just great all the way through. You don't want to stop eating it
So, don't give up on coal until you've had Pepe's.