i agree with you on pizza paradiso but i have to disagree on 2 amy's. i actually don't see how you can possibly be right when they just got voted one of the 10 best pizza places in the entire u.s. it's definitely not new york style, but italian. i'm guessing you haven't spent time in italy or you would probably love their pizza as much as everyone else.
As many people on this board have touched upon before - and I agree with them - taste is in the mouth of the beholder. Just because I grew up in Brooklyn, drank the water
, ate at some of the most notable pizza places in NY, have been to italy several times, had an italian grandmother, been making pizza for 15 years, doesn't make me an expert on what great pizza is. Obviously everyone has a different opinion - even the people who voted for 2 amys at one of the 10 best.
All I can say is that I am searching for the best pizza and I know that I will never find it - similar to searching for the meaning of life IMHO. What I have found is that certain pizza's contain what I love in pizza.
It could be the dough - looking for that perfectly cooked crust that taste like candy; I'm able to fold it; some coal or wood burning flavor; thin, but not flopped over;
It could be the sauce - the freshness, the sweetness without tasting like sugar
It could be the cheese - just barely there, but so fresh without a taste, but yet you still love the taste- don't ask me about this one.
It could be the artistry - the master pizzaiola; like watching a great painter.
It could be the atmosphere - just like wine compliments food; for me he atmosphere compliments pizza. Just like pizza in general, the atmosphere brings me back to a simpler time and memories of brooklyn "when brooklyn was the world".
Given all of those, I have found certain places like L&B, Totonnos, Patsy's, etc..each have that special something according to my list above....for me 2 amy's did not have that. Now I do happen to like the use of high gluten flour over '00' but that's just a personal taste. In my years living near DC there's always pizza and bagel places opening every now and then claiming to be equal to NY or better (and in the case of 2 amy's, official DOC - which by the way is a marketing scam - IMHO
), and I do get excited about these places and tend to try them out, but I have not found one that lived up to its talk.
I honestly believe - although I haven't tried any yet
- that several of the pizza making masters on this board have better pizza than 2 amy's. Now again, taste is in the mouth of the beholder.