Pizza To End All Pizza Discussions
So I'm watching an episode of Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World where he visits Wisconsin (where I believe he lives). He drops in at a local Pizza joint called Ian's, in Madison, but they have other locations in Milwaukee and Chicago.
Now, I have to explain that I'm basically a pizza purist, being born and raised in New York, but I've been in California most of my life now, so I'm pretty much into anything that tastes good at this point. However................. the pizza menu at Ian's is enough to try pizza-lover's souls. Zimmern said it was good, and I guess that's the bottom line, but........... REALLY:
These are all PIZZA TOPPINGS at Ian's:
Chili Pot Pie
Chili Cheese Fritos
Black Beans, Feta, Avocado, Tomato
Spinach Mashed Potato
Buffalo Chicken w/Bleu Cheese
Chicken, Bacon, Ranch, BBQ Sauce & Cheddar
Chicken Penne Alfredo
I really need to hear from people who have been to Ian's and would comment on whether they consider this pizza or just interesting toppings on pizza dough. And................ how does it taste? I suppose it's really no different that the 'sandwich wrap' concept. You can put almost anything good into a wrap and be OK, so why not on top of pizza dough?....... I guess.
Just............. please............ it hurts when you call it Pizza.
LOL! I'm from NY also but live in NC, where I've yet to come across a real Italian pie. I can't imagine putting chili or mashed potato on a pizza...that said, I love to experiment with toppings but to me, some things are just wrong...my favorite is just a plain authentic Italian thin crust with cheese that gets oily when melted and topped with maybe pepperoni, granulated garlic and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.
I'm not interested in putting any of that muck on my pie, but if that's what some people like, so be it. I'll stick to my salami and garlic, or pepperoni and mushrooms.
I asked because a local pizzeria makes such an item, which they call an apple pie pizza. In addition, I've had galettes and what were called "apple pie" (freeform, so basically a galette) in which the pastry was so blah as to resemble pizza dough. So, basically the same thing under 3 different names, distinguished only by what the restaurant/bakery chose to call it. To me, they all just seemed like apple pie.