In greasiness or health, in thickness or crisp, to battle and debate, until the dinner bell rings do us part. The average New York or West Coast inhabitant will argue over pizza like a married couple with a date night. Ask either side and you’ll be told that their pizza reigns supreme. They will likely tell you the difference between New York style pizza and West Coast style pizza is glaringly obvious and simple, one is better, in fact one is not pizza at all. Personal preference aside however, there actually is a big difference between New York and West Coast pizza.
What is the difference between East and West Coast Pizza?
New York style pizza is generally far closer to what the Italians would consider traditional. The crust is not necessarily thin, but is hand-tossed and not cooked in a pan resulting in a crisp, firm crust that can be easily folded for eating on the go. This is a good thing, because New York does pizza big. Most New York style pizza is larger than its east coast equivalent and needs to be cut into at least eight wide slices. That crisp crust also helps the heaping slices hold up under a bucket load of greasy cheese and tomato sauce. Pizza is not pizza in New York without arm dripping, finger-licking grease and heavily spiced Italian garlic tomato sauce. Pizza eaters from the west coast complain New York pizza is too delicate and that the reason you have to eat it folded has nothing to do with size, but due to the toppings falling off otherwise, at least those that have not already dripped into your arteries. East coast pizza is not considered health food, but is considered flavorful.
West coast style pizza is cooked in a pan and usually has a thicker, soft doughy crust. The pizzas can be ordered in just about any size or variety from personal to family, and fish to barbecue. West Coast pizzerias pride themselves on allowing customers to put anything they want on their pizza, even if it is not very traditional in regards to Italian pizza. West coast pizza is creative and original. Because of this west coast, pizza is often considered healthier on the basis it does not have to be dripping with grease to be pizza. New Yorkers believe that the west has corrupted pizza so much it is not even really pizza any more, and lacks in true Italian flavor and tradition.
Both west and east coast pizza have their advantages and are so different they can almost be called different dishes, but no matter what side of the country you are on, pizza is pizza, and pizza is delicious.
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