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World's Best Pizza Not in Italy
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Posted on 04/15/2014 2:22:16 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Australian pizza is now officially the best in the world. Well, sort of.

Judges at last weekend's Campionato Mondiale Della Pizza (Pizza World Championship) held in Parma, Italy, awarded the world's top margherita pizza title to Australian chef Johnny Di Francesco, owner of the 400 Gradi restaurant in Brunswick, a Melbourne suburb.

Di Francesco, 36, beat more than 600 competitors from 35 countries to take home the Specialita Traditionale Garantita pizza prize in the annual competition.

The win and subsequent publicity has made the small restaurant he owns in his hometown an overnight sensation.

"It's been an amazing reaction," Di Francesco tells CNN. "Honestly, I just went to Naples to do what I love. I didn't think it was going to make such a stir."

"A lot of people think it is easy to produce a margherita but it is one of the hardest (pizzas) to produce," Di Francesco told Australian website Good Food.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Food
KEYWORDS: australia; italy; pizza
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1 posted on 04/15/2014 2:22:16 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Nope. Leonardo’s in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


2 posted on 04/15/2014 2:24:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: nickcarraway

Wonder where somebody had the best pizza they’ve ever had. Should start a pizza thread.


3 posted on 04/15/2014 2:26:42 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: nickcarraway
Huh. You'd figure the U.S. would have a better showing, but there are major cities here where they know absolutely nothing about pizza. New York and Chicago, for example.




(People get banned for that kind of trolling...)

4 posted on 04/15/2014 2:27:06 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: PapaNew

Village Inn Pizza.

Atlantic Beach area of Florida mid 1970s.


5 posted on 04/15/2014 2:28:13 PM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: nickcarraway

Pepe’s, Sal’s, or Modern Apizza on Wooster Street in New Haven, Connecticut is my favorite place.


6 posted on 04/15/2014 2:28:46 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Smiling Sam's on St. College Blvd. Anaheim, CA..back in 1971.

They had the best pizza, ever!!!

Umberto's in Tulsa ain't bad........

The Pizza Place in Bartlesville, OK...is awesome. You come to B'ville....I will take you there. A young lady owns the place...and she rocks.

When you live in the sticks...Papa Murphy's is pretty good too!!!

7 posted on 04/15/2014 2:28:59 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Doesn’t count unless you go into the details of ingredients, preparation, how it’s cooked, and why it’s your favorite.


8 posted on 04/15/2014 2:30:13 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: nickcarraway

I had pizza in Venice once and it was crap - just dough and sauce with some onions and peppers. But it wasn’t served as a main dish, more like bread with your dinner - there probably is another version of Italian pizza that is more like what we would expect.


9 posted on 04/15/2014 2:30:27 PM PDT by PrivateIdaho ( "Courage is being scared to death... but saddling up anyway." (John Wayne))
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To: nickcarraway

Walking through Venice one night. Couldn’t find a restaurant. Out of seson, cold. Turned the corner smack dab into a pizza place. Walk in walk out. Eat on the street. Thick crust, they folded the square over like a sandwich..

Maybe we were hungry.

I like the deep dish pizza at Zelda’s in Sacramento. A little greasy though.

One last one. In the 70s they opened a pizza hut across from our office. They had an individual pan and guaranteed a five-minute cooking time. When the pizza came, the crust smelled just like my noni’s homemade bread.


10 posted on 04/15/2014 2:30:30 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe Anna’s in Manchester, CT?


11 posted on 04/15/2014 2:33:10 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: nickcarraway

Back during the early 1980s, some Italian folks in their 80’s told me that pizza was certainly not an Italian food. Spaghetti, rice and beans, yes. Pizza, no.


12 posted on 04/15/2014 2:34:23 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: nickcarraway

Too many “best pizza” ratings. The best pizza is the one “I LIKE”.


13 posted on 04/15/2014 2:34:46 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: PrivateIdaho

American versions of old country food sometimes is better than the original.


14 posted on 04/15/2014 2:35:29 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: PapaNew

http://leonardospizzacr.com/pizza-munchies/406935


15 posted on 04/15/2014 2:36:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yonkers had the best pizza.


16 posted on 04/15/2014 2:37:41 PM PDT by angcat
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To: ExCTCitizen
I know these places have great street credibility, but they aren’t even close to what you would get in Naples. That's just IMHO. I've eaten pizza in many places in the US, and in Italy, and there are only a few places that I personally think are worthy of being called ‘great’. One of them, again, IMHO, is Forcella in the East Village in NYC. Not putting down your choices. I guess beauty is in the pie of the beholder.
17 posted on 04/15/2014 2:38:35 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: nickcarraway

My-a pete-za is-a-betta than yours-a!


18 posted on 04/15/2014 2:39:23 PM PDT by mkboyce
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To: Proud2BeRight

True enough. My favorite in the Norfolk VA area (not known for fabulous food anyway) was the wood-fired caramelized onion and BBQ’s chicken pizza at Backer’s Crust. In Prescott AZ, also a limited area, our favorite is Bill’s Pizza.


19 posted on 04/15/2014 2:39:39 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s your favorite there?


20 posted on 04/15/2014 2:41:25 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Billthedrill

Are they still making pizza on Bisquik with Velveeta and tomato sauce where you live?


21 posted on 04/15/2014 2:43:42 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: ExCTCitizen

Modern is actually on State St. In case anyone gets inspired enough to go to New Haven. Which I’m not suggesting. Except for a pizza. Quickly.


22 posted on 04/15/2014 2:43:58 PM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Nope. Leonardo’s in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Heathen! Fricano's in Grand Haven, Michigan is the best.


23 posted on 04/15/2014 2:46:30 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: PapaNew

I was going to show you a picture, but it was too big:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-83Xf18PJ3DM/TwvEvB8N-KI/AAAAAAAAJGc/jxP8_EOw8C4/s1600/DSC02300.JPG

BTW, haven’t been there in many moons. Live in Texas now. Never actually lived in Cedar Rapids, but my first wife had people there so when we’d drive over from Des Moines I’d go get pizza for family get-togethers. Never had anything even close.


24 posted on 04/15/2014 2:46:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: OldNewYork

Tomato sauce is a trendy abomination. We use ketchup.


25 posted on 04/15/2014 2:47:29 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No! New York and New Jersey!

BTW, I’ve had some really bad pizza in Italy - particularly Rome.


26 posted on 04/15/2014 2:47:38 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein
The pizza in Germany was similar to what we had here in the early 1960’s, small, very thin, a dab of sauce and some Parmesan cheese.
27 posted on 04/15/2014 2:49:12 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: familyop
Pizza is Neapolitan. It's certainly Italian and came out of that region.
28 posted on 04/15/2014 2:49:14 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Proud2BeRight
The best pizza is the one “I LIKE”.

Exactly!!!!

29 posted on 04/15/2014 2:49:48 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: nickcarraway

Trail Rider Pizza in Tijeras, also known as the "Best Smelling Singlewide in the World".

30 posted on 04/15/2014 2:51:50 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In Indiana, I was once served pizza cut into tiny pieces to avoid those nasty, sloppy slices. Horrifying.

New Yorkers always salt their pizzas - well, some of us do.


31 posted on 04/15/2014 2:52:28 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

I agree with you one hundred percent. Although the only pizza I’ve ever had in NYC is at John’s. How touristy is that for someone born there?


32 posted on 04/15/2014 2:55:33 PM PDT by Gefn (All good kitties go to the Rainbow Bridge;Holly 2/1999-12/2013)
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To: miss marmelstein

I may be in the minority here but I think Lou Malnati’s is way over rated here in Chicagoland. All crust which I don’t care for.


33 posted on 04/15/2014 2:55:58 PM PDT by hsmomx3
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To: nickcarraway

“Australian pizza is now officially the best in the world”

Bull. If it isnt new york city pizza, it isn’t pizza.


34 posted on 04/15/2014 2:56:13 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Those look like good pizzas. Reminds me of a great place in Larkspur, Marin County, CA, a place called Pizzeria Picco. For dessert, they have a soft serve ice cream from a local dairy topped with with olive oil and sea salt - really good. Next door is Picco Restaurant of the same owner - excellent food there as well. Optional outside eating amongst the redwoods - pretty cool


35 posted on 04/15/2014 2:57:09 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Billthedrill

If you’d said barbecue sauce, I’d have suspected you were Californian.


36 posted on 04/15/2014 2:58:19 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The pizza in Germany was similar to what we had here in the early 1960’s, small, very thin, a dab of sauce and some Parmesan cheese.

Sounds very similar to the "Oh Boy" brand frozen pizzas I used to buy at the grocery store in the late 1960s and early '70s. First pizza I ever had. It was good.

37 posted on 04/15/2014 2:58:20 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That looks like your own picture. Dang, I’m getting hungry.


38 posted on 04/15/2014 2:59:20 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Billthedrill
Tomato sauce is a trendy abomination. We use ketchup.

Just cover the sucker with ketchup. Yum.

39 posted on 04/15/2014 3:00:54 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: nickcarraway

Casanova’s in Boise. Great thin crust brick oven.


40 posted on 04/15/2014 3:01:00 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: OldNewYork

There is a midwestern restaurant, Arni’s, that serves barbecue pizza Saint Louis-style. I prefer Chicago style pizza, but their BBQ pizza is very, very good.


41 posted on 04/15/2014 3:01:43 PM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: hsmomx3

Crust must be perfect. My local makes a terrible crust - overinflated, floury and tough. Yuck! My dog chews it for hours before giving up.

I’m going with another local - Brothers’ Pizza in Red Bank, NJ.


42 posted on 04/15/2014 3:05:30 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Publius Valerius

Sounds interesting. What all do they put on it?


43 posted on 04/15/2014 3:06:03 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: Gefn

John’s is considered one of the best if not the best. I’ve never been there - too crowded!


44 posted on 04/15/2014 3:07:17 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: PapaNew; nickcarraway; Hammerhead; All
Wonder where somebody had the best pizza they’ve ever had. Should start a pizza thread.

Here's a thread from 2006. There are probably others before and since.

It looks like it's time to start a new thread! :)

45 posted on 04/15/2014 3:08:00 PM PDT by EveningStar
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46 posted on 04/15/2014 3:09:55 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: OldNewYork

Sausage, onion, cheese, and BBQ sauce. Simple and delicious.

I’ve tried to make it at home, and it turns out terribly. I am obviously not using the right type of sauce. I’ve not ever had another one that tastes anywhere close to as good.


47 posted on 04/15/2014 3:09:56 PM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The pizza in Germany was similar to what we had here in the early 1960’s, small, very thin, a dab of sauce and some Parmesan cheese.

And here I've been thinking that Chef Boyardee was French...

;-)

BTW, I recently saw some of those ChefB "pizza kits" on the shelf at Aldi's. I haven't had one of those since the early '80s. Hey, isn't Aldi's a German company? Hmm.

48 posted on 04/15/2014 3:10:41 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: PapaNew
Those look like good pizzas. Reminds me of a great place in Larkspur, Marin County, CA, a place called Pizzeria Picco.

Never been to that particular place. Last pizza I had in Marin was in Tiburon, probably 40 years ago. Lived in Mill Valley, San Anselmo, Kentfield and several other places for short periods. It may be under occupation, but it will always be home.

I've always liked Strictly-To-Go in Contra Costa. Skipolini's in Clayton was good, too.

49 posted on 04/15/2014 3:12:43 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: nickcarraway

The Garlic Knot in Lakewood CO on Wadsworth is pretty good. Order the Chelsea. Yum.


50 posted on 04/15/2014 3:16:49 PM PDT by dhs12345
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