I was just relaxing watching TV when a new Dominos Pizza commercial came on. They have a new pizza called, “Brooklyn style pizza.” I have to tell you, I’m a bit skeptical. I grew up with Brooklyn pizza and there’s nothing like it in the world. It’s the best.
Now some of you from Chicago might argue that Chicago pizza is the best, but Chicago style is deep dish and you have to eat it with a fork and knife. That’s not pizza; it’s just a pie with cheese. Now don’t get defensive, it’s just my humble opinion.
Pizza is not just about size and the ability to fold it in half. It’s about the crust. Is it thin and crispy? Folding the slice is only half of it. Does grease fall down your arm? Is there extra cheese and does the cheese pull when you take a bite? That’s Brooklyn style pizza! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.
I love the food that’s uniquely New York in its style. Boarhead cold cuts, bagels, pastrami, Italian ice, Italian bread (crusty on the outside and soft on the inside) and Italian pastries to name a few.
If you ever get the chance to visit New York, make sure you see the sights. I’m not talking about the Statue of Liberty, The Bronx Zoo, Coney Island, The Empire State Building, any Broadway show or other New York landmarks. These places are fun and shouldn’t be missed, but for the sake of this article go to Brooklyn and check out the different eateries. Go to a real Jewish deli, an Italian bakery, a pizza parlor, a Greek diner and a bagel store.
The Greek diner needs to be explained. If you’re lucky your waitress will be chewing gum, have a handkerchief on her chest with her name tag pinning it to her uniform and she’ll call you, “honey.” The food is great whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s a unique experience that needs to be had.
Dominos Pizza is cute trying to imitate a classic, but there is nothing like the real thing baby.
© Nadine Z. 2006