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 an open letter to the pizza consumer:

OpinionAnonymous writes "An open letter to the pizza consumer:

In the pre-9/11 world, it seems, there were a few things I could count on. There was an abundance of coffee, cigarettes, and beer, bad music permeating the radio, a great deal of stupidity, and the promise of a damn fine greek pizza delivered for $12 US at any reasonable hour. Regrettably, I’ve come to the conclusion I can no longer depend on the pizza. The world is changing, and not for the better. I speak of the new disease, the taint, that has been recently introduced in the land of the local village pizzaria.

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As a young adult, I was heavily embedded in the pizza industry, cooking and/or delivering for no less than 3 “pizza joints” for a cumulative period of about two years. At every one of these establishments, the rule was clear. Mozzarella was king, there was no substitute, no compromise. And through my last term in the pizza industry in 1997, the rule was upheld by and large, given a few conversions to cheese blends consisting of mozzarella, cheddar, provolone, and parmesean.

The first to cross the line were, of course, the village pizza shops, where there were mandatory minimum of 25 ounces of cheese per pizza created an operating expense that was affecting the per-pizza cost in a competitive market. Being cost conscious, this seemed the obvious move, but I’ll be the first to admit, it was done tastefully.

Fast forward to early last month. I had been a regular patron at a pizza shop in Ludlow, Vermont, as it was located not far from my work. I had come to count on a satisfactory product when the desire for a pizza struck at noontime. This particular shop was sold to new owners, and there was little change in quality for a month or so. The last purchase made was a standard cheese pizza, however, the taste was no longer that of a pizza, not even close.. it was a fucking grilled cheese sandwich! The restaurant had obviously switched to a new cheese blend that was heavily weighted to American cheese. Needless to say, having never experienced such contempt for pizza, Ludlow Village Pizza immediately made my shitlist, and with a vengeance.

Last night I ordered from a local restaurant here in Keene. This particular restaurant that I shall heretofore refer to as “Athen’s” to protect their identity, had over the years come to be synonymous with quality. Occasionally the delivery would take a bit more time than I felt was appropriate, but in the end product never failed to be of quality. Athen’s had won numerous awards in excellence for pizza over the years, so it came as a particular shock that they too had converted to the tainted blend. Once again, my mouth had expected pizza, and received the now familiar taint of American cheese..

I bring this up, not only because I’m pretty pissed off about this movement to inferior pizza, but, because I think it is not too late for us as Americans to stand up to this new and subtle form of terrorism. If enough of us speak up, we can bring back sanity to this affliction spreading throughout the greek pizza establishment, and destined ultimately to arrive at the Italian and franchised end of the pizza spectrum. Yes, admittedly the cost will increase by a dollar or so a pizza, American cheese costs much less than motz, provolone, and even cheddar, the cost *will* be shouldered by the consumer. I am of the persuasion, that this is a no brainer. I can not eat the taint, and I will not eat the taint.. I hope you will join me in making your voice heard.

Note: This letter has won the prestigious Midnight Pizza Writers Award!

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Re: an open letter to the pizza consumer: (Score: 0)
by Anonymous on Sunday, December 05 @ 12:11:05 EST
I can't help but agree with this. Pizza in general seems to be heading "down hill" in an endless free fall spiral. Its been a longtime time since I've ordered a pizza and has been satisfied.
I'd also like to add that there are fewer and fewer pizza shops that even know how to make their own dough and sauces. Seems everything is frozen dough and canned sauce now. It's just plain awful.

Re: an open letter to the pizza consumer: (Score: 0)
by Anonymous on Sunday, December 05 @ 17:03:23 EST
I remember the pizza I used to eat in a pizza shop in a Cherry Hill (NJ) Mall when I was a teenager - I haven't eaten pizza that good in many years! Maybe at some point, pizza shop owners will begin to realize that people are willing to pay more for quality, ya know - something that actually tastes good!

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