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Apr 27, 2009 04:42 AM

Pizza tastes better when eaten with a fork & knife vs. hand held?

I find that when I eat a slice of pizza it tastes better when eating it with a fork and knife, as opposed to picking up the slice and eating it with my hands. My friend disagrees. I think it must be the angle the food hits your mouth is different. If I am at a sit down type of place, I'll use a fork and knife, eating about 1/2 way through, & then switch to my hands as I get closer to the crust. I prefer the taste of the eating it with a fork and knife, maybe the cheese and sauce hitting before the crust does make a difference? Does anyone else notice this?

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  1. That's funny...My first thought was that's crazy, there's no difference, but it may be as simple as cheese and sauce hitting your taste buds vs crust, but then what would I know. I just like to eat!

    1. I think it depends on what type of pizza you're eating. If it's a "gourmet" style, with a thin crust and a variety of toppings, I can see the knife and fork thing. But if you're talking a supernal New York City pepperoni slice, I don't think there's a better way than folding it and eating it out of hand. The crust gives you just enough insulation so that the cheese doesn't burn your tongue on first entry, and then the whole thing just meshes into one delicious bite.

      1. Is it because when you eat it with a knife and fork, you're likely to be in Italy, and everything tastes better when eaten in Italy? That's my totally scientific theory.

        1. the good lord intended pizza to be a large thinish slice, having a crust with both chew and crunch, to be folded in half and eaten with the hand. oh, and in new york city.

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          1. re: thew

            1000% agree. And IMHO, pizza just doesn't taste right off a fork

            1. re: CoryKatherine

              I agree that *if* you're in NYC, that's the way to eat it. Don't agree that the deity intended NYC to be *the* place to eat pizza. That's why he/she/it invented Italy. Well, that and Amarone, and bottarga, and calamari, and vitello tonnato, and panzanalla, and ribollita, and trofie al pesto, and umbricelli con tartufo nero, and etc. etc.

              1. re: tatamagouche

                tata, don't you know that everything New York is not only correct but perfect? You can't criticize anything NYC on chowhound, it's a TOS violation and will get your account deleted. You've been warned.

                Seriously, knife and fork is Italian (and all over Europe) and it's every bit as correct as whatever North Americans do. Seriously.

                1. re: tatamagouche

                  i havent been to napoli, nut honestly - i prefer the pizza in NYC to what i had in rome or florence

                  1. re: thew

                    Prefer it all you want; I prefer it in Italy—and I've had it all over: in Roma, Firenze, Napoli, Palermo, Lucca, Lecce, Verona, Bologna, etc. etc. But in Italy as here, some pizzerias are good and some aren't. You have to be careful about where you go. Still, that's not the point. My point was that, however it has evolved in NY, NYers still owe their beloved slice's whole existence to Italians.

                    Oh, and Perugia. Damn it's good in Perugia.

                    1. re: tatamagouche

                      if you want to play that game sure - in that case italians owe their tomatoes whole existence to the americas.

                      1. re: thew

                        Indeed they do. No argument from me there.

              2. re: thew

                Completely agree, but being in NYC is probably the toughest part of that statement. But even if you're not in NYC, it still needs to be eaten this way. Greek pizza (as is often all you can find in the Boston area) just doesn't work the same (nor taste the same).

              3. Funny you should mention that - I'm in Aruba and a friend and I went to Casa Tua which has wonderful thin crust pizza. We both were eating ours "out of our hand" while the people on either side of us were using knife and fork. Both parties were Dutch so I figured that was the reason - never thought of the taste thing. I like to eat "out of my hands" so.......

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                1. re: Linda VH

                  I think the knife and fork for pizza is more European. I just had dinner with a French guy who ate his crabcake sandwich (bread and all) with a knife and fork.

                  If you are eating first by knife and fork and switching to hands once the pie has cooled down a bit, then I'd say the drop in temperature has more to do with your sensation than anything else.