Scorereader, I apologize for the way I wrote, especially apologize to my friends who operate
these businesses. All their ingredients are fresh, but to make an American style pizza they
use a sauce that has the ingredients in it. Often for their special "Italian " authentic pizza,
they prepare it differently. Once I ordered a hamburger, mushroom pizza. It was like a regular
American style pizza. Another time, the wife ordered a cheese mushroom pizza the way he would make it
in Italy. It was on the menu. It looked, tasted, and was prepared differently. Instead of sprinkled cheese
that melts and mergers with the other toppings together, it was placed on the pie in uniform, nice round portions.
The "sauce" was not really a sauce, but I believe a dried tomato or half dried that cooked and blended
into the crust, cheese, and other additives (mushrooms and herbs) while it was in the oven. And most of all,
the herbs and seasonings that were added, such as basil, garlic, and whatever, were fresh and sprinkled all
over as a topping. Most American style pizza seems to have those ingredients in their sauce. At least that is
how it is in my neighborhood.
I used the word, "fresher" perhaps wrongly. They are separate and thus more distinct, more rich and identifiable.
It is my opinion. My wife has been educating me on true Italian food, and it is different from what I
have experienced all my life. It sounds trite, but the American Italian food seems more of a blending of
ingredients that produce one flavour, while what I've been given of what I'm told is true Italian food
is a wonderful wildfire of various flavours, that are each discernable, yet merge together for a wonderful taste.
I am not sure I am explaining this right. I am sorry if I'm not.
The businesses I spoke of do not have 2 standards, but rather have a varied way of how they make their foods
depending on what the customer asks for. Am I making any sense?