Thursday, November 15, 2007

Any Way You Slice It

Channel-surfing while dinner cooked last night, and a program about pizza pie caught my eye. The show Food Heavens even managed to snag Evan Kleinman, host of KCRW's tasty Good Food, to answer pizza questions, so they clearly wanted to do things right.

Until they decided to go to the video tape. As Kleinman's voice-over explains that pizza has its doughy roots in Naples, Italy, we get a ten second shot of the Duomo and Giotto's Bell Tower. In Florence. 331 miles to Naples' north.

OK, the Duomo and Bell Tower are mighty pretty, and while they didn't do much for pizza, unless one wants to argue its divinely inspired, they did help kick-start the Renaissance. But for some reason I'd expect the TRAVEL CHANNEL to know one city in Italy from another. Like I'm supposed to trust them then when they tell me which Ray's Pizza in Manhattan is the real one.

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3 Comments:

Blogger MCConfrontation said...

OBVIOUSLY it's Famous Ray's on 6th at 11th. Although, while working downtown I always grabbed my slice at Ray Bari's on Nassau.

I love pizza.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Tom Hilton said...

Just wait 'til they show the Golden Gate Bridge in a piece about Los Angeles. That'll be hilarious.

10:25 AM  
Blogger ahab said...

I've been to Naples twice in the last few years and it really does have the best pizza in the world (but no Brunelleschi dome). It's cheap as hell, too, even with the falling dollar.

Did the show mention Pizzeria Bianco, in Phoenix? Not cheap and you can sometimes wait a couple of hours for a table (they take no reservations), but it's worth every cent. And there's a nice wine bar in the historic building next door where you can pass the wait.

And now I'm hungry. Which is why I don't watch food shows.

5:41 PM  

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