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Pizza - Fork or hand?

Hey all, just another question to gather some opinions of the CH board. If you were at a sit-down (now, I said sit-down, not "fancy") restaurant, meaning you are not eating on the run, and ordered pizza, would you use a fork and knife or your good ol' reliable hands? Personally, I'm a fork and knife person. I don't know why...I guess I find myself enjoying the pizza for longer that way :). What about everyone else? Is pizza strictly a hands on affair, or does a certain type of pie require a fork and knife?

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  1. Depends on how sloppy the pizza is and the kind of pizza. But, I have no problem digging in with knife and fork if I feel the situation warrants it.

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    1. re: aelph

      Yeah, that's about right. I prefer hands, but if cutlery is required, cutlery it is.

    2. If I'm eating deep-dish or an incredibly thin crust pie, I have no choice but to eat it with a knife and fork. However, I prefer eating pizza by hand. It's a more intimate experience.

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      1. re: Miss Needle

        Well said Miss Needle. I used a fork and knife when it's the only feasible option but the picking up and biting off is part of the pizza experience.

      2. Hand... but I like eating just about anything by hand.

        1. Both. I hold the crust with my left hand, and support the pointy end with a fork. I dunno why, tho...I've always done it this way.

          1. I usually eat the end of the triangle with a k&f and then pick up the rest of the slice and eat it. I never, ever 'fold' it.

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            1. re: Tay

              Dito on your method, Tay. Starting off with cutlery, and 'hand-ling' it once it's manageable = not too droopy. Though I should say I am not a fan of droopy pizza, I like my thin crispy crust. No folding possible anyway.

              1. re: linguafood

                I learned the hard way: I still remember the nasty cheese 'adhesive' burn on my lip and onto my chin from a stubborn piece of cheese that trailed from a bite of the tip of the triangle. I too prefer the crust crispy. I'm not sure how/why they do it, but I have often seen people fold (I guess it cracks) crispy crusted pizza. Seems weird, and if hot, somewhat dangerous, to me.

                1. re: Tay

                  Ha. I tend to burn the roof of my mouth with scolding hot cheese.... simply because I cannot wait to bite into that delicious, molten cheesy concoction. It's worth the pain, though :-D

              2. re: Tay

                Now, depending on several factors, I DO "fold it," but it depends.

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