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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
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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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