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Offline waltertore

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Re: What are some things that took your "pizza game" to the next level?
« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2014, 05:39:44 PM »
The most important non ingredient thing is being  imershed in a really good pizza culture.  I mean physically not interntly.  Nothing can replace the experience of being around great pizza.  Pictures and videos help but smells, tastes, watching it all come together in the flesh can never be duplicated any other way.   Some of us are more fortunate than other in that we were born in a mecca.  One thing that has really hit me heavy living here in central Ohio is this.  I grew up a stones throw from NYC and children absorb physical memories in ways that adults never can.  Out here in OH peoples childhood food memories are of pizza/food that I would never eat in most cases.  I am not saying one is right and one is wrong.  I am saying that whatever you grew up with will always be your root.  When I make pizza/food all those physical memories pour out and into the way I make things just like the people around here do with their style of food.   I feel lucky I got to be born where I was.  Walter
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Re: What are some things that took your "pizza game" to the next level?
« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2014, 05:43:36 PM »
The most important non ingredient thing is being  imershed in a really good pizza culture.  I mean physically not interntly.  Nothing can replace the experience of being around great pizza.  Pictures and videos help but smells, tastes, watching it all come together in the flesh can never be duplicated any other way.   Some of us are more fortunate than other in that we were born in a mecca.  Walter

Great point!! 
When I make NY style, I try to measure my results against an impossible standard:  my memories of the pies I ate while growing up there!!
But having those templates burned into my brain is a great help!  ...and a curse!!   :-\
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Re: What are some things that took your "pizza game" to the next level?
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2014, 05:51:00 PM »
Great point!! 
When I make NY style, I try to measure my results against an impossible standard:  my memories of the pies I ate while growing up there!!
But having those templates burned into my brain is a great help!  ...and a curse!!   :-\


Gags:It is a great gift and to not be born in a major food center is a curse for people trying to emulate food that blew their mind while visiting one.  I got it at home, with all the realatives from Italy, and in all the restaurants, pizzerias.  It was everywhere.  When I put things together each component is ringing in my eyes and nose and it is just putting in the time to capture it.  People not born/raised  in the NYC area  and maybe had a good NY pie a few times in NYC are at a major disadvantage.  I don't mean anything bad by this.  I wish I could make bread like I ate in Brussels for 2.5 years. I get close but to be honest I would rather eat the bread there anyday than mine.  Conversely with my pizza/Italian food I prefer mine over most anyplace back home.  That is why serious chefs go to the place where the food originated.  Walter
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Interesting thought about the hiatus from pizza making Ryan, I find this applies in many areas.