Pizza: Best Food There Is.

Pizza: Best Food There Is.

If you ever meet someone who says they don’t like pizza, you shouldn’t be friends with them. It’s cheese and sauce and bread that you can customize any way you want. If you don’t like pizza, you’re just not trying hard enough to find a combination that you want to eat. And if you eat it with a knife and fork, please stop.

Everyone has an opinion on what makes their pizza the best. There are many places across the globe that have their own style or twist on pizza, and everyone thinks they’ve perfected it. I’ve had lots of pizza in my time, and while I like a lot of them, there’s only one favorite for me. I’ll get to that at the end, though, just so you have to read this whole post.

To make a good pizza, you have to start with a good foundation. People from Chicago swear deep dish is the way to go. New Yorkers like pizza so big that we can fold it. Even Vegans can have their own kinds of cruelty-free cheese and dough. There are square Sicilian pies, Margherita, Neapolitan, stuffed crust pies, bagel pizza, the list goes on and on.

Then there’s the sauce. White pies, pissaladière, tomato, barbeque sauce, sauceless. If you can spread it (or not), you can put it on some pizza dough.

Finally there are the toppings, what truly makes pizza both great and a personal experience for everyone. You can have one cheese, like a standard mozzarella, or a blend of several. Some people skip cheese altogether in favor of other toppings. There are plenty of meat choices for those who want it: bacon, sausage, chicken, lamb, pepperoni, ham, ground beef. I could do this all day. Fish, too. Clams, smoked salmon, anchovies all those. Then, for those of us who like more nutritious options, you can put all kinds of vegetables on it. From pineapples to broccoli to olives to onions and peppers to just about anything else you could think of to throw on there, veggies make pizza taste even better.

I personally like a straightforward pizza. I like cheese, pepperoni, and a nice tomato sauce. I prefer New York Style. It should be pretty obvious why: a) it is the best b) it is what I grew up on and c) other than Italy, nobody makes a better pizza than a New Yorker. I like a big slice that you can fold. First, I think it’s better that way. And second, you can make a little channel in the center so that when you tip the pizza toward your plate, the grease comes off. No blotting required. I hate people who blot their pizza. Live a little, folks.

So what do you like on your pizza? Is there a perfect combination of dough style, sauce, cheese and toppings for you or do you mix it up and get different things?