As both regular readers of my blog know, I've been a bit sporadic this year in posting. I've experienced "the sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament"*. So, I need a project. Friends have suggested charity work, but helping other people really isn't my thing.
But I am an expert** on pizza. And there are a wide variety of opinions amongst my friends as to the best pizza in the 'dorf, and that is precisely the dilemma I mean to solve. How? I plan to go to every pizza place that the local "experts"*** recommend.
Now, I, like Fox News, have a specific bias -- I think Da Napoli is the best pizza in the dorf. Unlike Fox News, I've admitted my bias and I am more than happy to have it exposed as false -- I'd love to find better pizza in the 'dorf, but I'm skeptical.
So, how will this work? Every week or so, I'll visit one of the places that's highly reviewed. I'll choose from the various dining guides for the dorf, plus recommendations of friends. I'll sample one of the pies (or more, if joined by friends), then report with photos and, likely, snark. Which pizza? If they have one named after their restaurant, that one (unless it has sardines - ugh). If not, whatever takes my fancy. And then I'll report back in detail about the 4 components of a good pizza -- crust, sauce, cheese and toppings and with an other category to include atmosphere, beverage choice, etc., each rated on a 10-pt scale. Or maybe 5. Or not at all.
To be fair, I should probably sample the same pizza at each place. But I like variety, and this isn't a scientific test****. So, here starts my grand adventure!
* Dr. Evil quote!
** I'm using "expert" in the Internet/talk radio/Fox News sense -- I think I know a lot about a topic, regardless of experience or knowledge
*** Part of being an expert is expressing disdain at other people who try to lay claim to the title in one's area of expertise
**** Though I might wear a lab coat while eating, it just depends on my mood.