Gosh, I just read some reviews on Yelp of O'scugnizzo's in Utica, NY, and the reviews are all over the place. Many absolutely love it and some absolutely hate it...and I mean HATE. One person extended the review to include basically ALL food found in Utica, saying Uticans have banded together to defend the garbage they grew up eating. You know, it never occurred to me that I was eating garbage all my life! The restaurant itself is not attractive to say the least, but to me the food was always awesome.
I enjoy all kinds of pizza...thin, thick, round, rectangular, cooked in a pan, cooked on a stone, etc., but O'scugnizzo's is still my favorite. Nostalgia obviously effects all of our tastes...we usually like what we grew up eating.
When I moved away from upstate NY (first to KY and now to FL) I spent a great deal of time as a pizza lover trying to reproduce O'scugnizzo's Pizza, and I feel I have gotten very close. I'm not sure why, but everyone that has tried my version has loved it...I guess I am spreading this horrible pizza to new regions!