Oh no she di-n't.
Oh yes, she did.
In our annual food showdown inspired by opposing team cities in the Super Bowl (now dubbed the Slashfood Bowl), Marisa has gone to pizza. I knew she would, and knew that I would have to come up with something. Now I know that arguing that there might be something better than New York-style pizza (which happens to be my favorite kind) is just asking for it, so since I have to rep-ra-zent for the New England Patriots, I am merely going to say that Boston-style pizza simply exists, because really, I can't say that it's better. I just can't.
Apparently, there is no definitive information about Boston-style pizza. I only knew that it might exist as a real style of pizza after I tried something called "Boston-style" in -- of all places -- Santa Monica, CA. However, after doing a tiny bit of research, it seems that Boston-style pizza is either pizza that is inspired by Pizza Regina, a pizzeria in the North End of Boston, or it is "Greek-style" pizza.
Pizza from Pizza Regina is similar to New York style with a thin, yet chewy, crust, but has a thicker layer of cheese.
Getting more deeply into it, some readers over at Slice chimed in with what Greek-style pizza is. The dough for the crust is left to rise slightly longer than regular dough, so though the crust ends up thin, it seems lighter because it has risen longer before baking. Also, the crust is heavily soaked with olive oil because 1) it is baked in a pan rather than directly on the floor of a brick oven, and 2) there is a lot of oil used in the pan.
Greek-style pizza's sauce has more oregano in it, and the cheese is a blend of mozzarella and -- this is interesting -- cheddar cheese. The addition of cheddar cheese apparently leaves pools of orange grease on top of the pizza. As for the toppings, just because it's Greek-style doesn't mean it has Feta cheese and Kalamata olives. The toppings are the same, though some say that they have seen the "toppings" under the cheese.
So there you go. Boston has its own style of pizza - baked in a pan, thicker crust, and cheddar cheese. Sounds to me like Boston-style pizza is just pan-pizza with a little bit of cheddar tossed in.
If you have thoughts or knowledge on Boston-style or New England Greek style pizza, please leave a comment!
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