The Good, the Bad, and the Good-Bad (Pizza)

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Yesterday, Serious Eats’ subsection Slice, which examines pizza, checked out the admittedly barren Morningside pizza scene.

Lopez-Alt compares V&T’s and Sezz Medi’, settling on V&T’s. Why?

V&T is not “good” pizza, period. The crust is floppy, it’s way out of balance, the ingredients are pretty low quality, I mean, the sauce has some brightness and flavor, but that’s about all you can say about it. On the other hand, by the standards of greasy, stuff-your-face, perfect-for-a-night-after-college-style-drinking pie, it’s pretty stellar.

It’s good “bad” pizza, if you will, and it performs admirably at its task.

Medi’, on the other hand

aspires to be “good” pizza. […]  However, it falls pretty short of the great heights that really good Neapolitan pizza can reach. It’s a bit cracker-y and it’s got decent charring, but the dough’s a little bland. The mozzarella is classified as fresh, but it seems like the low-quality fresh stuff that you can get sitting in cryovacked packages in the supermarket.

It’s bad, “good” pizza.

Lopez strikes on a profound truth. Good, sloppy, “bad” pizza, beats pretentious, bad, “good” pizza any day. As long as that day is Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, and it’s actually night.

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  1. Agreed

    Sezzi Meddi is a terrible excuse for a pizza.

  2. Anonymous  

    shouldve reviewed thin crust pizza from the diana. best pizza around

  3. Alum

    Does Pinnacle still exist?

    All this talk of bad pizza jogged some memories.

  4. yo  

    the white pizza at V&T's is the best pizza I've ever tasted. SOOO GOOD!

  5. Anonymous  

    Morningside Heights is somewhat barren but Sal and Carmine's (between 101 and 102 and B'way) has one of the best slices in the city.

  6. Copy Editor

    Lopez-Alt, not Lopez.

    And second that on Sal and Carmines—well worth the walk down.

  7. technically not morningside, but

    TWO BOOTS. 96th street.

  8. There is

    not a single place around campus that makes good pizza. Closest would be Covo on 133rd.

  9. Bettolona on Broadway and LaSalle  

    has pretty great pizza.

  10. Anonymous

    is indeed great!

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