Thin,Deep or hand tossed??

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2004/12/23 00:19:16 (permalink)

Thin,Deep or hand tossed??

OK.. We've talked about favorite toppings on pizzas, places to get pizza from and other things associated with pizza- but I have yet to see one about the crust..
How do you like your crust???
Thin crust?
Hand tossed?
Deep dish?
Just wondering...

I prefer hand tossed. Thin isn't enough and deep is too much.. Hand tossed is 'just right' -- maybe cause it is the one that most reminds me of 'Jersey style pizza'. :)
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/23 00:34:23 (permalink)
    Hand Tossed -- ideally back East.

    Nobody does justice to crust here in Seattle.

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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/23 18:29:33 (permalink)
    You know, now that I think about it, I don't know if I've had a real hand-tossed pizza. I can't think of any place locally that does it. Given a choice between thick and thin, however (or thin and thinner) I'd take thinner every time. I like it to be almost like a cracker -- just substantial enough to hold the toppings, but shattering when you bite it. Mmmm, making me hungry!
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/23 18:38:06 (permalink)
    Hand-tossed. Lucky to live in the Philly/Jersey/NY area.
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/23 18:44:01 (permalink)
    Pizza? What is that? MY only choices here are Pizza Hut and/or Domino's. I don't know what the he_l THEY serve; sure ain't pizza though. I usually make my own French Bread Pizza, so I guess that doesn't really fit into the choices given...
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/23 19:08:37 (permalink)
    I prefer to make my own pizza the way they do at Pepe's. The dough is so pliable that you only need to stretch it out with your hands. No tossing is necessary. The result is paper-thin, crispy, with raised blackened edges, and the right amount of chew.
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/23 21:51:23 (permalink)
    ok-- well-- i didn't take in to account the ones that make their own.. geeeeeeez,.. ok. you still have to have a preference== my first husband used to make his own too-- deep dish and it was awesome!! man do i miss that.. ( miss him too of course!)
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/23 21:58:11 (permalink)
    I like it all ways. LOL... how funny.. just as I opened this up to post a message, a Pizza Hut commercial came on... I hear the Twilight Zone theme.

    I like deep dish, as long as it isn't really greasy. Pizza Hut has good Pan Pizza, but it tends to be drenched in oil. I think over-all, I like a thin crust.
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/25 00:54:51 (permalink)
    I like deep dish if I have the appetite for it. However, I tried Donato's version of deep dish and it tasted awful. To me deep dish is to Donato's as baseball is to Michael Jordan. Out of their respective elements. When I eat at Donato's I eat their thin crust, which seems to be their default.

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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/25 02:30:09 (permalink)
    Very thin. I want to fill up on the stuff on top, not the bread.
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/25 03:31:26 (permalink)
    Hand tossed here... None of them pre-made crusts. I like the thin crust if the toppings dont get loaded down too much. But for a hearty pizza, I prefer a "normal" crust. Pan style, forget it.
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/25 10:34:15 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by CheeseWit

    Hand-tossed. Lucky to live in the Philly/Jersey/NY area.


    My sentiments to a "T". I was reading McFan's post about Donato's. I picked up a menu from there once, as it's about 20-25 minutes from here. I've meant to eat there and never have yet. I appreciate the heads-up about the thin crust, though, so my daughter and I will be prepared.

    Would you believe my fiance doesn't like pizza?

    Oh, and this is a stupid question, but what would Sicilian-style pizza be considered as, crust-wise? That's the square pizza, and the crust really is very thick, but I wouldn't consider it a deep-dish or pan pizza.
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/25 12:11:40 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by jerseygirl127

    ok-- well-- i didn't take in to account the ones that make their own.. geeeeeeez,.. ok. you still have to have a preference== my first husband used to make his own too-- deep dish and it was awesome!! man do i miss that.. ( miss him too of course!)



    OK. In that senario has changed I guess I like hand tossed best (and yes I know how to do that )...
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/25 12:51:29 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by enginecapt

    Very thin. I want to fill up on the stuff on top, not the bread.


    Very good point. I like mega toppings; but I like also a crispy on the outside; chewy on the inside, crust. The crust does make the difference, yes?
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/25 14:29:56 (permalink)
    Hand tossed towards the thin side. And it better be crisp on the bottom.
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/25 14:30:44 (permalink)
    I like any kind as long as it is made well. Being from Chicago, crust is usually on the thick side. So I go out of my way to enjoy a thin pie when in places like NYC.
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/25 15:10:52 (permalink)
    Yes,I think there is room for all the crust types,its the quality that matters.Also consistency is important.Nothing aggravates me more than a hand-thrown crust that is tooth-shattering brittle at the edges yet limp and soggy in the middle.The guy told me "That is New York style,people like it because they can fold it in half and eat while doing stuff.Nobody eats the outside crust anyways".Well I do.No offense to those of the New York persuasion,but Im perfectly willing to sit down and eat the pizza,with knife and fork if necessary.A deep-dish pizza by its very nature cant be eaten any other way,but a correctly baked thin crust or hand thrown pizza really shouldnt need to be "folded in half" to keep the cheese/toppings from falling off.
    I do wonder about that outside crust thing though.I have been to many places where I see the outside crusts just left on the pan.Is it really supposed to be considered an "expendable" part of the pizza? Such a thing never crossed my mind,except when said crust is inedible (which admittedly sometimes it is).When you think about it,it really should be the best part,not an afterthought.

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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/25 16:46:52 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by McFan

    I like deep dish if I have the appetite for it. However, I tried Donato's version of deep dish and it tasted awful. To me deep dish is to Donato's as baseball is to Michael Jordan. Out of their respective elements. When I eat at Donato's I eat their thin crust, which seems to be their default.



    Um, Donato's doesn't offer a deep-dish pie. They have their standard thin crust, regular crust and no-crust.
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/26 16:41:00 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman
    Um, Donato's doesn't offer a deep-dish pie. They have their standard thin crust, regular crust and no-crust.


    Hmm, must have been their regular crust. Their standard thin crust made it look like deep dish. I had it over a year ago; it seemed to be new at the time.
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/26 16:51:03 (permalink)
    I'm a "thin man" but I do like Uno's original crust on the rare occasion I can get it.
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/26 17:01:52 (permalink)
    I prefer a good hand tossed myself, no brushing the crust with oil or garlic either.



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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/26 17:25:31 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by McFan

    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman
    Um, Donato's doesn't offer a deep-dish pie. They have their standard thin crust, regular crust and no-crust.


    Hmm, must have been their regular crust. Their standard thin crust made it look like deep dish. I had it over a year ago; it seemed to be new at the time.

    Donato's introduced their regular crust pies while the company was still owned by McDonald's. The idea was to expand the offerings to help in expanding the chain.
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/26 18:59:19 (permalink)
    THIN & as crispy as possible w/o being burnt (although black flecks on the bottom, along with cornmeal, are good).
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/26 23:55:21 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Adjudicator

    quote:
    Originally posted by enginecapt

    Very thin. I want to fill up on the stuff on top, not the bread.


    Very good point. I like mega toppings; but I like also a crispy on the outside; chewy on the inside, crust. The crust does make the difference, yes?


    You are correct. One can pile all the finest toppings in the world on crappy thin crust, and what you'd end up with are great toppings on crappy thin crust, IOW inedible pizza. I like the bread in my pizza to have the correct amount of "to the tooth" in every bite, and it must possess a subtle yeastiness in the flavor explosion.

    Crusta no gud, pizz no gud.
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/27 03:18:07 (permalink)
    If I want a good deep dish, I have to go to Gino's East.....They have the cornbread crust and the big single slab of sausage as well as all the other toppings. If I am not in the Chicago area, I look for a thin crust, since I am a firm believer that there should be a larger volume of toppings than the volume of the crust. (Otherwise, why not just have a sandwich?) This also goes if I start with a frozen pizza. I will add extra toppings and extra cheese until toppings are in the majority.
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/27 03:49:01 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    quote:
    Originally posted by McFan

    I like deep dish if I have the appetite for it. However, I tried Donato's version of deep dish and it tasted awful. To me deep dish is to Donato's as baseball is to Michael Jordan. Out of their respective elements. When I eat at Donato's I eat their thin crust, which seems to be their default.



    Um, Donato's doesn't offer a deep-dish pie. They have their standard thin crust, regular crust and no-crust.


    How does "no-crust" pizza work?
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/29 01:56:05 (permalink)
    deep dish
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/29 09:34:56 (permalink)
    Definintely hand-tossed. Used to make them for extra money in grad school and got good enough that I could throw 'em up in the air! Wouldn't try that today though - would need ladder to get it out of ceiling. Can still do the hand stretch method if dough is right though. Had friend over recently that insisted on Domino's (he had a coupon, you'd have to know him....) AND wanted thin crust. Best description would be a giant saltine with a shotglass' worth of sauce, 4 "cheese" strands and about 8 slices of pepperoni. BUT we had a coupon, so we got this mess for a mere $7.99.
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/30 05:28:23 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by CarolinaBill
    Had friend over recently that insisted on Domino's (he had a coupon, you'd have to know him....) AND wanted thin crust. Best description would be a giant saltine with a shotglass' worth of sauce, 4 "cheese" strands and about 8 slices of pepperoni. BUT we had a coupon, so we got this mess for a mere $7.99.

    Damn! I should start issuing coupons for what my 100 pound Doberman leaves in the yard, as it sounds like some people are willing to pay $7.99 for it.
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    RE: Thin,Deep or hand tossed?? 2004/12/30 08:10:39 (permalink)
    ewwwwwwwww gross........ and if that were the case-= i'd collect from our three dogs (black lab/shepard mix, full black lab, and yellow lab/mastiff mix) BUT this isn't a gross food forum.. so we'll let it go at that and remember-- everyone's tastes are different-- :)
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