How To Select An Italian Pizzeria
A meal in an Italian Pizzeria can be wonderful -- or horrible.
Difficulty Level: Easy Time Required: Varies
- There are two kinds of Pizzeria in Italy: Those with electric, and those with wood-fired ovens. You want the latter.
- Again, two kinds: those that cater to Italians, and those aimed at tourists.
- Both can be good, but the latter is a better bet because it usually depends upon repeat customers.
- Look at the pizzas the waiters are carrying. A good pizzeria's pizzas will be thin, overflow the plates a little, and be irregular -- not circular.
- They may be a little burned around the edges, but should not be too burned. No large charred spots.
- The topping should be abundant but not excessive (Italians often find American pizzas overtopped).
- Look at the customers. Are they enjoying their food or picking at it?
- Kids are the best indicators -- if they're all playing at the table rather than eating their food it's a bad sign.
- Passed muster? Go in and sit down!
Don't be afraid to wander into a residential neighborhood far
from the tourists, and pick a place full of families.