So, there's this new pizza place, called Rosie's New York Pizza, that opened just down the block from my home. The place even has a "pizza chef," so I was intrigued, if not excited. Keep in mind this is San Jose, California; about as far from New York as one can get in the continental U.S. I ordered a large pizza with eggplant, olives, mushrooms and tomatoes (they call it a Madison Square Garden). It was $26, but hey, this is the Silicon Valley; everything's expensive. Anyway, I get it home and see that the crust is a little dark (not black, but definitely dark) and hard (when I fold one of the slices, it doesn't bend, it cracks). I optimistically start eating it anyway, but it tastes a little burnt. So, I do what any hardworking person would do and call up the place and explain that my pie was burnt and I'd like a replacement. They say sure and I bring it back. So, when I show up to return it, they take a look at it and tell me that's the way it's supposed to be ("This is what a New York pizza is like."). They do give me a replacement pie, but it's the exact same way. They even instructed me on ways to eat it, "You have to fold the slice." But even several days later, this experience is still on my mind. Is this really how a New York pizza is or is this place just not my cup of tea?
So, fellow JD readers, what say you? What's a New York pizza like? Should the crust crack down the middle and taste of charred cardboard? Where's the best pizza in the country? What's a Chicago pizza? Are my wussy California tastebuds all out of whack so that only flexible golden brown crust will do? Please feel free to discuss your favorite type of pie.