Hmm. Well I do know you don't care for style or inspired for describing a certain kind of pizza. NYS is quite diverse, but maybe as many seem to think, NY means NYC. I will say as someone who grew up just shy of Ottawa and now lives in Syracuse the styles are very different. Yep, sorry, used the word style. Not sure how else to get it across. So, how would we classify some of those kinds of pizzas? My word, we do spend a bit of time thinking about pizza! Scott, I am looking forward to meeting you in New Haven. All the best!
I expect it to be a blast, Diana. These things always are.
FWIW, I have no problem with using 'style' or 'inspired' for describing pizza. My entire life revolves around the word 'style.' You really can't talk about pizza without using it. It's impossible not to. As I've said elsewhere, a Neapolitan pizzeria located in NY could, from a geographic perspective, be considered 'NY pizza.' It is only when you use the term 'style' that everyone's on the same page- that's there's no room for confusion. 'Style' is a more specific descriptor, not a less specific one. My huge issue- the issue that has the potential to flush the last 5 years of my life down the drain, is with 'style' and 'inspired' being synonymous when speaking about pizza. The moment 'style' and 'inspired' mean the same thing, 'NY style' can mean anything to anyone. A rim the size of a football? Sure. Cumin in the sauce? Why not? A 40 minute bake? No problem. If I'm 'inspired,' then the sky's the limit. NY, and every citizen in it, can suck it, since I'm using the term 'style'
So, not only do I have to defend certain parameters as to what constitutes and doesn't constitute NY style pizza, the term 'NY style,' itself, is under attack. If the term, within the context of pizza, gets redefined, there's no hope whatsoever for my region's heritage- and, by extension, there's no hope for me. And this isn't hyperbole. I can't defend an inspiration. If I don't think I'm, in the smallest way, helping to preserve my area's cultural identity, then I'm going to find something else to devote most of waking hours towards. Everything hinges on 'style' and 'inspired' NOT being synonymous.
As far as your specific question is concerned
NY style pizza was born from Italian American culture, and the greatest concentration of Italian immigrants in NY was in the outer boroughs, so it kind of is a NYC thing, but, from the research I've done, there's NY style pizza in Syracuse. Syracuse is a college town, and students tend to be very demanding when it comes to food, so I have no doubt that you can find at least one good NY style slice. Considering the number of good slices you can find here, at this present time, Syracuse might have NYC beat.
Ottawa, on the other hand, is not far from Montreal and, from the photos I've seen, Montreal pizza is in a different universe from NY. It's also, obviously, across the border. It's not like the drastically different culture you'll find when crossing the Mexican border, but, there's differences- as I'm sure you're aware, and I have no doubt those are reflected in the pizza.