Happy National Pizza day

It’s that most auspicious day once again! Whether you like thin crust, regular crust or Sicilian style pie, today we celebrate pizza!

What’s your favorite? I’m not looking to start an argument (although people get passionate about their pizza) but I’d love to hear what you love about your preferred purveyor of pizza. 

We are a Roman Gourmet family, a preference going back to my wife’s childhood growing up here. I like their crust a lot, but I also think they make a great sauce. We sometimes order from Village Trattoria. I feel like their crust tends to be a little thinner.  


Another pizza-related question. 

What is your favorite way to reheat leftover pizza? If I have time, I heat a cast iron skillet, put the slice in to slightly crisp the bottom for a couple of minutes then put the whole thing in the oven for a couple of minutes more. 

Our air fryer works well too on the “Reheat” setting. 

If you tell me you use the microwave I’ll have no choice but to dismiss you as a soggy-crust loving philistine. 


mrincredible said:

Another pizza-related question. 

What is your favorite way to reheat leftover pizza? 

Reheat?


I just use the toaster oven on the toast setting. 2 minutes in there gets it surprisingly hot.

Of course, cold is perfectly fine too.


drummerboy said:

Of course, cold is perfectly fine too.

Fair point. A cold slice of pizza is the perfect breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, snack while making dinner, or late night snack. 


I use my toaster oven on 400 degrees, convection bake. Hot in a couple of minutes. 


Tratt buffalo chicken used to be my go-to SOMA slice but I swear they've been doing something different since the pandemic and it's not as good as it used to be. A bit sparser and tastes slightly different. 

I now rate Roman Gourmet higher than Tratt, however RG doesn't do buff chik well IMO. Plain, sausage, pepperoni, honey mustard chik all very good. 


If anyone posts "Where do you recommend getting a good ham and pineapple pizza?", you should make plans to move.   cheese


Arturo’s for sit-in (prepandemic), Joe’s for thin crust, Reservoir for molten, Trat for customary, Mozzarella to mix it up a bit.


nohero said:

If anyone posts "Where do you recommend getting a good ham and pineapple pizza?", you should make plans to move.  
cheese

I’ve never tried it but it’s on my bucket list. Maybe if I actually travel to Hawaii I’ll see if I can try it there. 


If I’m in the mood for thin crispy crust I do like Reservoir, but also Star Tavern in Orange. 


mrincredible said:

If I’m in the mood for thin crispy crust I do like Reservoir, but also Star Tavern in Orange.

That’s how I usually hear Reservoir described, but gooier and greasier (delicious just the same) are how its pies seem to us.


We usually go with Roman Gourmet, because my daughter is picky and that's her favorite. My favorite is Arturo's, though I usually end up having their entrees if we order from there. 


jfinnegan said:

We usually go with Roman Gourmet, because my daughter is picky and that's her favorite.

Funny how that happens. Our picky son had something or other against Roman Gourmet, which is how we went with the Trat.


No floppy crust.  I keep seeing people folding their slices on TV because the crust is not done.  They think that is a good slice.  I turn away.


mrincredible said:

nohero said:

If anyone posts "Where do you recommend getting a good ham and pineapple pizza?", you should make plans to move.  
cheese

I’ve never tried it but it’s on my bucket list. Maybe if I actually travel to Hawaii I’ll see if I can try it there. 

In Hawaii it’s Spam. 


I don't understand the hate for ham/pineapple pizza. The sweet/savory combination is very tasty.


mrincredible said:

What is your favorite way to reheat leftover pizza? If I have time, I heat a cast iron skillet, put the slice in to slightly crisp the bottom for a couple of minutes then put the whole thing in the oven for a couple of minutes more. 

425 in oven for 10 minute.


drummerboy said:

I don't understand the hate for ham/pineapple pizza. The sweet/savory combination is very tasty.

We like Bacon Pineapple thin crust from  . . . . . . Dominos!  But we do the whole spectrum - Trat, Gourmet, Arturos and Reservoir as our top choices.


jamie said:

drummerboy said:

I don't understand the hate for ham/pineapple pizza. The sweet/savory combination is very tasty.

We like Bacon Pineapple thin crust from  . . . . . . Dominos!  

Blasphemy!


A pizza is just bread with stuff on top. I mean, if you can eat it with buffalo chicken (yuck) then you have no right to complain about any other topping.


The time is about 10:15 pm.  Time for pizza.  


Where do you get pizza at 10:15 ? I wouldn’t be surprised, with Seton Hall right here, but I’ve never actually looked to see what’s open that late. 


drummerboy said:

A pizza is just bread with stuff on top. I mean, if you can eat it with buffalo chicken (yuck) then you have no right to complain about any other topping.

I meant Dominos, not the bacon/pineapple. I don't really care who has what on their pizza. My nephew used to order those fat sandwich pies, with chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks, etc. Not my bag, but I didn't have to eat it. He's a vegetarian, close to vegan, now... 


KarenMarlowe said:

I meant Dominos, not the bacon/pineapple. I don't really care who has what on their pizza. My nephew used to order those fat sandwich pies, with chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks, etc. Not my bag, but I didn't have to eat it. He's a vegetarian, close to vegan, now... 

I used to get a meat stuffed slice from Roman Gourmet. Slices of pepperoni, sausage and meatball sandwiched between two layers of crust with cheese and sauce. Oh man is that good. 

I’m hungry now. 


The gourmet has a nice Chicken parm sandwich on a garlic knot roll.


mrincredible said:

I used to get a meat stuffed slice from Roman Gourmet. Slices of pepperoni, sausage and meatball sandwiched between two layers of crust with cheese and sauce. Oh man is that good.

A calzone is just bread with meat, cheese and sauce stuffed into it.

Serious question, actually: What made what you had, which apparently wasn’t a calzone, different? Noncontiguous crust, maybe?


drummerboy said:

I don't understand the hate for ham/pineapple pizza. The sweet/savory combination is very tasty.

The Hawaiian pizza was pretty standard fare at Pizza Hut in the UK. I never found anything wrong with it. 

The Tratt has changed, not sure if it's the sauce or cheese, but it's noticeable. It's still my go-to for basic pizza, though. Roman Gourmet always gave me heartburn and their mushrooms looked like they were out of a can. Haven't been to Arturo's since Pickett's opened up. I love the Alsatian and Pepper and Pepper from there.


DaveSchmidt said:

A calzone is just bread with meat, cheese and sauce stuffed into it.

Serious question, actually: What made what you had, which apparently wasn’t a calzone, different? Noncontiguous crust, maybe?

well, think of two pizza crusts on top of each other with the sauce and cheese and toppings between them. Then bake it, and slice it like you would a pizza. I couldn’t tell you if this meets the definition of a calzone or not, but I can tell you that it can be rather delicious.  They also roll up the crust a little bit around the edges so you end up with a traditional pizza crust to hold onto your slice. I can’t remember if they also put a little bit of cheese and more pepperoni on top of the pie.


I think I'll have to try a slice of that if they sell it in slices. That sounds like a pie would be a big commitment. My friend worked at Pizza Hut when we were in college. If you asked him what time it was he would point to the clock on the wall that said,"It's always time for pizza!"



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