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Survey: Your Favorite Hometown Pizza

Impellizzeri's, Louisville, KY

Lou Malnati's: Quintessential Deep Dish Pizza

And the antipasto salad is awesome too!!!

Awesome Pizza in Kentucky?

Impellizzeri's is the best in KY. Goodfellas is the best in Lexington. For cheap pizza, I have a soft spot for Sir Pizza in Lexington.

My Pie Monday: kirkharrod's Patsy's Approximation

Thanks for the nice comments! I tried to make crust like Patsy's after I went there in 2008. I was the only customer and got to talk to the pizzaiola (sp?) about ingredients and dough rise method. I had read Varasano's website as well. From trial and error, I just tried to make a crust that tasted like I remembered Patsy's tasting. Light and crispy is what I shoot for. It's amazing how just 4 ingredients, water, yeast, flour and salt can turn out so differently just by adjusting the measurements a little. I also went to Varasano's when I was in Atlanta last year, and I got to talk to Jeff. He sat down at my table and talked pizza even though he was very busy.

Totino's Pizza Rolls: How Can You Not Love Them?

I used to like them, but then I ate 40 on Super Bowl Sunday 1996, followed by the onset of the stomach flu at halftime. I can't stand them now.

Did You Watch the Nathan's Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest?

I think it's great! I love the introductions:

"He's the Rocky Mountain Oyster, Spot Shrimp, Fried Asparagus, and Flauta Eating Champion of the World!"

"She's the Crab Rangoon, Krystal Hamburger, Poutine and Mayonnaise Eating Champion of the World!"

"He drank a 22 oz. Slurpee in 8 seconds!"

Chain Reaction: Judging in Papa John's Specialty Pizza Contest

Ugh! Adam I don't know how you did it. I am from Louisville and I have been around for the entire history of PJ. That pizza is terrible. The sauce is sickly sweet, the cheese is grainy and the dough is made at a facility and shipped to the store. Gross!

Louisville is a great town though! Hope you enjoyed it!

Dear AHT: Ritzy's in Owensboro, Kentucky

Ritzy's was originally a chain of burger joints called G.D. Ritzy's. It was much like Steak and Shake. I'm sure these were once franchise joints.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat La Frieda Burgers

Hand pattied and griddled

When Life Gives You Locusts, Make Locust Pizza

My dogs gorged on them the last time they surfaced in my town! My dogs eat no other bugs so they must be good!

The Cast Iron Secret to Perfect Pizza at Home?

THIS! I used a cast iron skillet and my pizzas came out great! The bottom had a nice char. Took about 2-3 minutes to cook. I will never cook my pizzas any other way.

The Cast Iron Secret to Perfect Pizza at Home?

I believe the cast iron skillet is porous.

Flo Consiglio of Sally's Apizza, a Keeper of the Flame

The plain pie is amazing. It is definitely one of the 2 best pizzas I ever had. But I waited 1 hour and 45 minutes for it! The wait staff appears to be from the Munsters TV show. They are all over 60 and walk around catatonic. One of the waitresses had a prosthetic arm that she balanced the pie on. I am not joking. It is without a doubt the worst service I ever had at a restaurant. They do appear to have contempt for the customer.

But the pizza is so good that when I go back to New Haven, I will go to Sally's. I will just try to go at a time where I don't wait an hour for the table and an hour and 45 minutes for the pizza!

Comment of the Day: 'Di Fanboys'

Artists are rarely good businessmen. Dom sounds like an artist. They need to hire people who know how to run a restaurant, then allow the artist to work his magic, while management supplies the ingredients and maintenence.

'New York Post' on Di Fara's $5 Slices

Dom sounds like one of those "delicate geniuses" that George Costanza refers to. He's like a crazy artist. Try as you might, you are not going to change the way he creates his art. We have them where I live. That being said, I just don't have time or energy for these types of restaurants that do things like close when they are out of dough, run out of menu items, have operating hours that change on their whim, or make you wait 2 hours for a product that should cook in 10 minutes or less. That's just poor management. Sounds like Dom needs a restaurant MANAGER. He is the artist. Artists can't manage! Turning tables or selling more pizzas is how you make money.
I guess I am a pizza tourist, just like someone who likes wine may tour Napa or France. I have experienced Sally's in New Haven which has to be the worst service ever. I sat in the restaurant for 2 hours waiting for a pizza after ordering. The staff moves like they are zombies. Yes, it was great, but I went to Patsy's East Harlem, ordered my pizza and it was delivered to the table about 5 minutes later!!! And it was great also!

LaRosa's: A Tradition Cincinnatians Should Not Be Proud Of

Love the Skline chili. Hate LaRosa's. It really sucks. They sell it at Kings Island and it is terrible.

Coal-Oven Pizzerias Nationwide

Modern Apizza is wood oven I believe.

Trio Who Tracked Down Domino's Miscreants Gets Free Pizza for a Year

Free Domino's pizza is a punishment not a reward!

Slicester: 'Beware of the Underdog'

I agree with this letter. I ate both on consecutive days in July 2007.

Is Patsy's (East Harlem) Worth the Trip?

I was at Patsy's East Harlem in July 2007. My pizza was perfect, definitely NOT over-sauced or over-cheesed, and that is exactly what made it the best pizza I ever had. It was a trip up there, literally and figuratively. However, we got no uncomfortable looks in the neighborhood, though we appeared WAY out of place (two hippies from KY!)

We also had Sally's and Modern in New Haven and Lombardi's that same week. All were very good, but Patsy's was the best.

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