Now I know next time I'm driving in the car listening to music and someone says "wow this sounds a lot like the style of Queens' music," I will reply "nope, it's not Queen, so it's not their style because it isn't "=" to Queen. No Freddie Mercury, no Queen."
Jeff, do you know how many times I've heard people talk about 'NY style pizza?' I've been talking about pizza for 30 years, and that's probably incorporated tens of thousands of conversations. Do you know how many times I've heard the phrase pizza 'in the style of NY?' Twice- once in this thread and another time when this 'style' question was brought up previously.
Just say it out loud. Pizza in the style of New York. Don't you feel the least bit ridiculous saying it? It's almost like 'Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?' It's a pretentious and pedantic expression that a NYer would laugh at. 'NY style pizza' is a single entity. It cannot be disconstructed. "In the style of" is appropriate for many areas (such as in the style of Queen or in the style of the Baroque period), and if you're a music, history or art student, go crazy. But NY, Neapolitan, Trentonian, Detroit, and, sure, even Chicagoan pizza lovers aren't/have never viewed pizza from this scholastic perspective. None of these tens of millions of people is writing their doctoral thesis on pizza.
'NY style pizza' is as much a single entity as 'Queen' (and probably as renowned and beloved). Imagine, if you will, hearing someone that sounds like Queen on the radio, only to find out that they've named themselves 'Queen.' How would you feel about that?
I'm all for experimentation, for variation, to go where no man has gone before. Just don't redefine our culture by using our name. There's over 30,000 towns and cities in the U.S. Do your thing- improvise- sing your own song, play your own tune- make it as similar or as different to the classics as you want, but, at the end of the day, use your own city to name your pizza, not mine.