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No Slice for You: How Rockaway Beach Got Its Very Own Pizza Nazi
New York Magazine ^ | 2/10/14

Posted on 02/11/2014 9:36:46 AM PST by nickcarraway

Edited on 02/11/2014 9:40:00 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Slices aren't an option at Whitney Aycock's Rockaway Beach pizza shop, as he will happily explain to anyone who orders one: “If you want a slice, go to Elegante’s. I don’t give a fig,” he told one customer late on a recent Friday night. Next in line was a pair of teenagers. One was eager to sample Aycock's handcrafted creations. The other was scared to try something new. She asked for plain. “Plain pizza?” Aycock asked, sounding offended. “What is ‘plain’ pizza?” After a playful yet testy exchange, both kids turned around without making an order and fled out the door. Aycock was fine with losing the sale if it helped him make his point.


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TOPICS: Cheese, Moose, Sister; Food; Local News; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: eastcoastpizza; foodies; manners; pizza; pizzanazi

1 posted on 02/11/2014 9:36:46 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Read the article. Sounds like a pleasant chap.

I love living in the south. I can go all week and not hear a single F-word in polite company. :-)

2 posted on 02/11/2014 9:45:07 AM PST by wbill
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t deal well with nazis. If he tries that with me he won’t like the results.


3 posted on 02/11/2014 9:46:17 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: nickcarraway


THAT is plain apizza, you #%$@%$ poseur.

It is at the top line of the menus in soe of the greatest pizza joints in the country.

And while it is not my favorite, Pepe's Apizza in New Haven was famous (in the early days) for making you a pizza whenever you wanted it, even at 2AM, as Pepe lived up stairs.

A plain apizza means the creator has the confidence in his dough and his sauce. A poseur pretends a pizza needs some list of ingredients out of an Indiana Jones movie.

This is NY. For all its problems, you can get great pizza without a bad attitude.
4 posted on 02/11/2014 9:48:28 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: nickcarraway
I wonder what diehipster.com would have to say about this?

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

5 posted on 02/11/2014 9:48:37 AM PST by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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To: nickcarraway

I would have to assume that the customers put up with the shop owner’s surly attitude because one simply cannot obtain pizza anywhere else within the greater New York metropolitan area.

Because otherwise, the only sound one should hear in there is the sound of the owner’s cursing echoing through the empty eatery.


6 posted on 02/11/2014 9:50:13 AM PST by bus man (Loose Lips Sink Ships)
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To: nickcarraway
He uses a blend of buffalo mozzarella and fior di latte, a cow's milk cheese, to lend lightness to his finished pies. Garlic comes from a farm upstate, shiitake mushrooms come from a mysterious forager who digs around abandoned fisheries on the Hudson.

Um, if I ever go there, remind me not to order mushrooms on my pizza. Mr. Mysterious forager only needs to be wrong once...

7 posted on 02/11/2014 9:50:36 AM PST by DemforBush (A Repo Man is *always* intense.)
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To: nickcarraway
I just assume this type of attitude is a New York Thang.
But I am curious about one thing, what is a margherita?
I have never heard of this. I assume it is a super sophisticated New York drink or dessert..
8 posted on 02/11/2014 9:59:33 AM PST by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: nickcarraway

Ha! This guy sounds like a gun aficionado conversing with a neophyte looking to buy some clips for his new Ruger LC9.


9 posted on 02/11/2014 10:00:58 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: wbill
A New Yorker acting like a pr*ck? This is news? I love living in the south. I can go all week and not hear a single F-word in polite company. :-)

Amen. Ten years in Tennessee; heard the 'f' word once. Here in soviet Red Hampshire (surrounded by New Yorkers), I hear it every ten minutes...and that's from the kids. :-)

Got to love NYC pizzas, though...

10 posted on 02/11/2014 10:04:11 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: nickcarraway

I live in NYS. You don’t buy a pizza from a Whitney Aycock’. You buy a pizza from some guy named guido or Angelo


11 posted on 02/11/2014 10:08:05 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: DemforBush

Yep


12 posted on 02/11/2014 10:11:51 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Tupelo

That kinds of pizza is tomato, basil, cheese, IIRC.

It’s decent enough if made right. I’ve had it several times in the Midwest.


13 posted on 02/11/2014 10:13:26 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: nickcarraway

I think I can live without sampling any of this self-important prick’s pies.


14 posted on 02/11/2014 10:15:57 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Tupelo

A margherita is crushed tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella. And it’s delicious.


15 posted on 02/11/2014 10:17:39 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: who knows what evil?
But I am curious about one thing, what is a margherita? I have never heard of this. I assume it is a super sophisticated New York drink or dessert.

Pizza margherita is a style of pizza from Naples, where the locals claim it is the "original pizza." It's topped with tomatoes, cheese and fresh basil; the story is that the recipe was created to celebrate the unification of Italy in 1861-- the toppings match the colors of the Italian flag, and it is named for Queen Margherita, wife of King Victor Emanuel I.

16 posted on 02/11/2014 10:18:30 AM PST by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Tupelo; windcliff

When I was in London, daughter and I ordered a pizza by phone for “carry-out” rather than take-out.

When I showed up the guy asked me, “So, you want a margherita?”

“No,” I said. “I want a pizza.”

Wife back home thought I was nuts. But I’d always thought they were two different things.


17 posted on 02/11/2014 10:19:12 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Vaquero
I live in NYS. You don’t buy a pizza from a Whitney Aycock’. You buy a pizza from some guy named guido or Angelo

YES! Tony, Sally (short for Salvadore), Pepe, Giuseppe are also proper.
18 posted on 02/11/2014 10:27:28 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: nickcarraway

“Aycock was fine with losing the sale if it helped him make his point”

Well if his point is to prove he is an asswad then good for him he succeeded..


19 posted on 02/11/2014 10:31:53 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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There’s no doubt (from reading the article) that the guy is passionate about pizza. He really puts his all into it. That’s very cool. In today’s society, no one seems to care about the quality of their work.

But he’s doing a really terrible job of getting that point across - swearing, blowing off potential customers, etc.

He needs to educate his customers in a much smoother way than that. There’s no cachet in being a pr*ck or a holier than thou a-hole to your customers.


20 posted on 02/11/2014 10:31:59 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: nickcarraway

Now I’ve got The Ramones song in my head.

Rockaway Beach
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6siGKxcKol0


21 posted on 02/11/2014 10:33:10 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Dr. Sivana

Looks like mine - thin crust - no cheese - w/ anchovies


22 posted on 02/11/2014 10:58:12 AM PST by Revelation 911
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To: Dr. Sivana

Do they charge extra for burning this misshapen mess?


23 posted on 02/11/2014 11:34:07 AM PST by EinNYC
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!; JoeProBono; Daffynition; GeronL; Slings and Arrows
Does he make one with Fritos or macaroni and cheese?


24 posted on 02/11/2014 12:10:10 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: DemforBush
He uses a blend of buffalo mozzarella

Moose cheese is the only way.


25 posted on 02/11/2014 12:13:14 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Tupelo
But I am curious about one thing, what is a margherita? I have never heard of this. I assume it is a super sophisticated New York drink or dessert..

No, it's Italian. Named after Margherita of Savoy, Queen of Italy at the turn of the last century. The tomato, basil, and cheese, resembled the Italian flag.

-PJ

26 posted on 02/11/2014 12:19:11 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

“A plain apizza means the creator has the confidence in his dough and his sauce.”

Amen brother. Other than the dough, sauce and cheese, everything else is just personal taste.


27 posted on 02/11/2014 12:27:21 PM PST by Owl558 (Those who remember George Santayana are doomed to repeat him)
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To: wbill

That sounds nice. I need to find better company.


28 posted on 02/11/2014 12:42:37 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: nickcarraway

His shop, his rules; his success, his failure.


29 posted on 02/11/2014 1:16:59 PM PST by OldNewYork
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To: GeronL
Don't get me wrong - I'm no prude, and know the language, melody, and the tune.

However, people dropping the F-word repetitively (like this article, or its subject) make it merely vulgar and boring. And, if I used the F-Word in (for instance) my favorite BBQ joint down here, it wouldn't increase my popularity at all....

Mom used to say that people cursed because they didn't have the language skills to express what they really felt. Being a teenager at the time, I said "Feh. @#$#@#@%@!!!". Now, with 20-30 more years under my belt, I understand what she meant. For instance, it's much more memorable to come up with a creative and accurate description of a thing, than merely comment a throwaway: "It's a piece of #$#@$@ing #$@#$4!!!".

I'd exclude politicians from the list, though. There aren't enough four-letter words in the book for me to accurately express my contempt for the current DC residents.

30 posted on 02/11/2014 1:55:58 PM PST by wbill
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To: wbill

bump


31 posted on 02/11/2014 2:01:07 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: EinNYC
Do they charge extra for burning this misshapen mess?

Do you want to look at it or do you want to eat it?

The oven that made that pie has been burning continuously for 80 years. The coal fired oven is hot and it is dry, just like a pizza oven should be. Using a perfectly round pan to that kind of dough in that kind of oven is like binding the feet of baby girls, restricting them from their proper development.
32 posted on 02/11/2014 3:28:10 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: Dr. Sivana
The oven that made that pie has been burning continuously for 80 years.

That is pretty cool. There was a small pizza/sub shop in the small town where I grew up that had a curtain between the dining area and the owner's living room. You'd go in, he'd fix your food and go back to watching Lawrence Welk 10 feet away. Very modest existence, but when he finally closed and I asked my uncle "What's Mr. Stephano going to do?", he said, "Anything he wants, he's plowed his profits into real estate and owns about half the town."

33 posted on 02/11/2014 3:34:33 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Dr. Sivana

I like the browned and burned crust there. Looks like a great pizza


34 posted on 02/11/2014 4:01:17 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Sounds fantastic!


35 posted on 02/11/2014 4:52:46 PM PST by pallmallman (Q)
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To: dfwgator

Thank you so much....I love the Ramones.


36 posted on 02/11/2014 4:53:18 PM PST by pallmallman (Q)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

You don’t understand. Having a surly waiter in NY is part of the overall experience. If you are uptight and aren’t cool about trying something different in NYC, you don’t rate a slice.

Get over it. Stay in Peoria.

The owner of this particular pizza joint loves to see comments like yours, it what keeps his establishment an exclusive place.


37 posted on 02/11/2014 5:11:15 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Revelation 911
thin crust - no cheese - w/ anchovies

My favorite pie but I add garlic and sometimes fresh basil.

38 posted on 02/11/2014 5:27:40 PM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Uh huh. Do tell.


39 posted on 02/11/2014 5:46:18 PM PST by EinNYC
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