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May 20, 2011 05:57 PM

Pizza and utensils

Can someone please explain this phenomenon to me? I vaguely understand why one would use utensils with deep dish, but thin crust? really? Is it just where I live (Rhode Island)? Maybe if you get a pizza in a fine dining restaurant, etiquette dictates it, but in a pizzaria? Boggles my mind!

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  1. Yep, I'm the guilty one. Sometimes the pizza is too hot, or too saucy or too heavy and floppy to pick up right away, so just to get going on it ASAP, I'll cut it up and eat the first pieces with a fork.
    Plus, my mouth is too small to get around a big piece without smashing a big pizza sauce smile onto each side of my face.
    Sometimes it's just physics.

    1. When I was traveling in France and Italy I noticed most everyone used utensils for their pizza, even in casual places. Heck, in France they even used utensils on sandwiches sometimes. Dunno if that is still the case as this was quite awhile ago.

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      1. re: givemecarbs

        Not too much with sandwiches, but pretty common with pizza -- French pizza is usually a very thin crust, and you usually get a whole pizza to yourself (about 12" diameter). They don't cut it when they take it out of the oven, so you have to cut it somehow!

        Because the crust is so thin, about 1/3 of the slice (from the point) is too thin to pick up, so a fork and knife eliminates the flow of lava-hot sauce and cheese down your fingers and chin.

        1. re: givemecarbs

          Yes Europe very much so still uses utensils to eat their pizza and it is very irritating that because of this most places will not cut the pizza in to slices for for you! But I adjusted and I do really enjoy the thinner crusted pizzas.

        2. No idea. I love to eat with my hands and will embrace any opportunity to do so. Pizza is just made to be eaten by hand!

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          1. Mr Joe

            There is another reason for the knife and fork. Some pizza makers are not that good and serve a pizza that just cannot be lifted to the mouth. and the center points will tilt over and you loose all the good stuff. So for many pizzas I use the 2-step. I cut the tip of the slice until I feel confident that I can safely lift and enjoy phase 2.

            1. Policy at one of my favorite Italian restaurants: If you order pizza and eat it with utensils, they remove the pizza, tear up the check and ask you to leave.

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              1. re: beevod

                I think that restaurant is one my favorites too!

                1. re: beevod

                  In the country of Italy, pizza is always eaten with utensils. So your restaurant must be Italian-American.

                  1. re: 512window

                    I don't think that is always so, at least not from my memory. If you get pizza from a vendor on the street--I remember one with artichokes--it is often cut, set onto a piece of paper and handed to you. No fork or knife involved.

                  2. re: beevod

                    That is the epitome of a a-hole owner. I would love to know the name to totally avoid that self important jacka$$

                    1. re: nobadfoodplz

                      ah, but any different from snooty places that require a jacket, or will give you a skeevy loaner? Those are the self important places I avoid

                    2. re: beevod

                      Can I please get the name of that restaurant beevod? I will go there with a big party of people and we will each order a pizza and eat with utensils until they stop us. Then I will bring a new group of friends(who would turn down free pizza?) to do the same thing until that restaurant realizes how stupid they are.

                      1. re: BKK Brendan

                        Please post time and date, would love to go there as well.

                        1. re: BKK Brendan

                          imagine the fun of having a table full of people who all eat the pizza...without hands OR utensils.

                          You know, just to make the point of how ridiculous their policy is.