You know that New York has the world's best pizza, and that the slice is the most portable form of such food. But if you're a novice, you're surely wondering how to eat pizza properly. Don't worry; we've got you covered. We enlisted Scott Weiner, the man behind Scott's Pizza Tours, to walk you through the proper approach to eating a New York slice. Watch and learn.
Make sure you pay for your slice of pizza. Here's what you're looking for if you want the standard New York slice, according to Weiner:
"The classic New York slice is simple. It's just a crust, a basic tomato sauce and low-moisture mozzarella cheese on top, all baked in a gas-fueled deck oven." While the full pies at famed NYC pizzerias like John's, Arturo's and Lombardi's come out of coal ovens, typically slice shops—like this one, New York Pizza Suprema—will cook with gas.
Uh... pick up your slice.
"New York slices are typically large," Weiner says. "They're bigger than the plate on which they're served." That's why you have to fold them.
"If you don't give any architecture to your crust," he explains, "you get the flop."
Yikes. Look how sad the flop is.
"It's embarrassing," Weiner says. "Trust me."
So: you're going to need a fold. Weiner says that some pizza fans prefer the "full fold," which goes all the way from one end of the crust to the other, but he prefers what he calls the "flying V method," which uses a finger on top to help fold the top part of the slice while the tip remains straight.
Don't put too much pressure on yourself to choose a favorite fold right away; experiment to find the method that works best for you.
Pizza, being a food, is best enjoyed via eating. In the GIF above, Weiner demonstrates. Look at how much fun he's having.
Some slices have a little extra grease (depends where you go). Don't want it? Use the napkin to sop some up.
Don't: Use a Fork and Knife
We try to be open-minded, but there's not much reason to use a fork and knife on a traditional New York slice. It's particularly ridiculous to try hacking a New York pizza slice apart with the plastic cutlery you'll find at most pizzerias.
We've taught you all we can. Now it's time for you to go out and eat a slice of New York pizza on your own. You can do this; we believe in you.