Now this should be required reading for ANYONE who posts on any pizza thread. In a nutshell,this tells you what you need to know. Yes it is the ingredients,the cooking oven and techniques, and the skill of a pizza maker. And Yes,the fast food pizza chains compromised ALL those aspects EVERY ONE...look back at that list....WHICH one does Pizza Crud use...or any of the even-lesser fast food joints??? Taste a pizza from a place that sunscribes to the Neopolitan Association...and you'll see the difference. To quote a saying on so many pizza boxes: "You've tried the rest, now try the best". I'm not agreeing with every place on this list...just the sentiment about the making of a GREAT pizza.
There is one other ingredient also, and some of our dedicated pizza makers here at Roadfood know this: LOVE! Love of pizza,good pizza and the love of enjoying a great taste tradition. Remember the first word in fast -food and think. Little we do for love(don't go there, some of you) is or should be "fast".
To me,great pizza making is an art and a craft! And there is great art and crappy art...but rarely fast art!
Yes, we're all entitled to eat what we like...like we can all prefer comic book art to a Rembrant,but,hell, there is a difference!
I don't know what it means(actually,I do) but note most places mentioned are in the north east or California!
Sorry I've rattled on, but pizza is and has been, and always will be a passion for me...good pizza!!! If you've never had a wood burning oven pizza made by a pizzaria sanctioned by the Neoploitan Association,some day,if you're lucky,try one....that's pizza as the Neoplitans named it!!!!! Not pizza hut stuff.
I'm not telling you to dislike any thing else, just defining the art.
YOU CAN LIKE A PINTO...YOU CAN EVEN ARGUE THAT YOU THINK IT IS A GREAT-MADE AUTOMOBILE....BUT FACTS ARE FACTS...AND A STUBBORN STREAK DOES NOT ALTER REALITY!!!!
Thanks for listening to someone who loves and still enjoys the art of great Italian cooking, and especially my favorite food!