Q: What is so special about New York pizza?
A: Some believe that New York’s water helps to create a superior dough, which makes for an especially delicious crust. It may sound like a myth, but in New York, the water is legitimately “softer” than what you might find elsewhere, thanks in part to lower concentrations of calcium and magnesium. There may be something in the water, but it’s not the only thing that makes New York’s pizza special. New York City was home to America’s first pizzerias in the late 1800s/early 1900s, making pizza an important part of the region’s culinary fabric. Over the decades, New York’s pizza artisans have worked hard to evolve the art form while staying true to its roots to make New York’s pizza scene among the very best in the world. Today, New York remains a mecca for phenomenal pizza, but you can find and order exceptional pizza anywhere in the U.S. by using the Slice app.
Q: What kind of cheese is on New York Style pizza?
A: New York-style pizza typically leans on low-moisture shredded mozzarella, which melts beautifully in high-temperature ovens. And, to achieve the cheese layer’s hallmark stretchiness and flavor, full-fat shredded mozzarella is more commonly used than skim or part-skim varieties.
Q: Is folding pizza a New York thing?
A: Pizza folding is not exclusive to New York, but many find that it is the most convenient way to eat an oversized New York-style slice. Slices of New York-style pizza tend to flop downwards due to their pliable crust, so the fold often ensures the easiest path from the plate to the palate. It also makes for easier grab-and-go eating, which is an essential part of daily life in New York. The fold can also guide the river of glorious grease in any direction of your choosing. You can use the fold as an opportunity to redirect “excess” pizza grease, or form a tributary of tastiness directly to your tongue.
Q: How do you eat New York pizza?
A: New York-style pizza is intended to be eaten with your hands, though some still like to bring utensils into the mix. This has proven to be controversial, on occasion, as local politicians and celebrities have been jeered for eating New York-style pizza slices with a fork and knife. Don’t worry: There are no rules when it comes to pizza. Feel free to eat New York-style slices, or any other type of pizza, however you please.