Would you ever order a margherita pizza?

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Is it a timeless classic or a big round slab of blandness? Important market research.

Poll Results

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Y 126
N 23


Monogo doesn't socialise (ledge), Monday, 6 November 2017 13:06 (one week ago) Permalink

have done, would do again

What's the range of an Iranian frogman dipshit? (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 6 November 2017 13:08 (one week ago) Permalink

yes margherita is good

nxd, Monday, 6 November 2017 13:10 (one week ago) Permalink

Interesting... we are hiring a wood fired pizza oven for an event & can pick four different topping options. Most interested parties queried so far think we should include margherita but I am unsure of their motives, thought maybe they were just thinking of hypothetical awkward people (e.g. children) who might be unable to cope with anything more adventurous. Not looking good for my hypothesis.

Monogo doesn't socialise (ledge), Monday, 6 November 2017 13:13 (one week ago) Permalink

it's a solid vegetarian option too

What's the range of an Iranian frogman dipshit? (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 6 November 2017 13:14 (one week ago) Permalink

it is the yardstick by which I judge a pizza place and is my most ordered pizza

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Monday, 6 November 2017 13:24 (one week ago) Permalink

my man

What's the range of an Iranian frogman dipshit? (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 6 November 2017 13:25 (one week ago) Permalink

Well clearly what do I know about pizzas, I am a brit after all & have been known to enjoy ones with chinese duck on them.

Monogo doesn't socialise (ledge), Monday, 6 November 2017 13:27 (one week ago) Permalink

I am firmly in the Joan Crawford/bizarro camp.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Monday, 6 November 2017 13:29 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah obviously, this is a silly poll

imago, Monday, 6 November 2017 13:33 (one week ago) Permalink

pizza thread = automatic 200-post clusterfuck tho obv

imago, Monday, 6 November 2017 13:33 (one week ago) Permalink

Only if I add a lot of salt to it.

Jeff, Monday, 6 November 2017 13:35 (one week ago) Permalink

In the pizzeria
Margherita keeps the spirits high...

I wouldn't go for it as a first choice. It's ok, but tomatoes are a second-tier pizza topping for me. Not the holiness that is sausage and onions, but not as low as "you put BROCCOLI on it?"

how's life, Monday, 6 November 2017 13:35 (one week ago) Permalink

Not the holiness that is sausage and onions, but not as low as "you put BROCCOLI on it?"

― how's life, Monday, November 6, 2017 1:35 PM (seventeen seconds ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

when you go salsiccia e friarelli, m8, you don't go back

imago, Monday, 6 November 2017 13:37 (one week ago) Permalink

broccoli on pizza is one of life's most sublime pleasures

crüt, Monday, 6 November 2017 13:41 (one week ago) Permalink

but tomatoes are a second-tier pizza topping for me

They don't even count as a topping, tomatoes are a basic component.

Matt DC, Monday, 6 November 2017 13:44 (one week ago) Permalink

It just seems so plain. Like pasta with just cheese. I know, cacio e pepe, I probably wouldn't order that either. Might make it at home though. I do love cheese on toast... hey I'm trying here.

Monogo doesn't socialise (ledge), Monday, 6 November 2017 13:51 (one week ago) Permalink

I am trying to only eat meat one meal a day now, so yeah, margherita pizza is becoming a more and more popular option at my house.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 6 November 2017 13:55 (one week ago) Permalink

Move that it be hereon known as "plain" or "vanilla" or "unfinished" pizza tbh

Gary Synaesthesia (darraghmac), Monday, 6 November 2017 14:04 (one week ago) Permalink

vanilla pizza, now there's a notion

imago, Monday, 6 November 2017 14:06 (one week ago) Permalink

A pizza plain is your only pan

Gary Synaesthesia (darraghmac), Monday, 6 November 2017 14:07 (one week ago) Permalink

this is my go-to pizza

k3vin k., Monday, 6 November 2017 14:08 (one week ago) Permalink

btw this poll should have been margherita with basil y/n, to which obv y

imago, Monday, 6 November 2017 14:09 (one week ago) Permalink

It's the best one to pour a tin of Heinz beans over tbf

Gary Synaesthesia (darraghmac), Monday, 6 November 2017 14:10 (one week ago) Permalink

wd never order margherita from a takeaway gtfo

Pope Urban the Legend (Noodle Vague), Monday, 6 November 2017 14:12 (one week ago) Permalink

deems is triangulating the perfect ilx pizza troll comment, reckon he'll nail it by teatime

imago, Monday, 6 November 2017 14:14 (one week ago) Permalink

the final epiphany once you start down the road with this question is that you actually don't really like pizza

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 6 November 2017 14:20 (one week ago) Permalink

btw this poll should have been margherita with basil y/n, to which obv y

i thought that basil was a basic ingredient of a margherita. without it, it's not really a margherita?

plp will eat itself (NickB), Monday, 6 November 2017 14:28 (one week ago) Permalink

shall we put that to our american friends

imago, Monday, 6 November 2017 14:32 (one week ago) Permalink

I pretty much always order a margherita at a fancy/snobby/aspirational pizza place - the kind that brags about their 00 flour and san marzano tomatoes and buffalo mozzeralla - to establish a baseline level of quality. I'd never order one from a delivery place.

joygoat, Monday, 6 November 2017 14:40 (one week ago) Permalink

it is the yardstick by which I judge a pizza place and is my most ordered pizza

Seriously. It's the gold (white red green) standard. And yeah, it needs basil (green).

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 6 November 2017 14:45 (one week ago) Permalink

Well I think this is pretty much settled so for your further entertainment here's the whole list of topping options:

Margherita
Vegetarian
chilli Beef
Ham & Mushroom
Lamb & Mint
Bacon & Brie
Grilled peppers & Haloumi
Pepperoni
Pesto & Pepper
BBQ Pulled Pork
BBQ Chicken
Blue cheese, rocket and Balsamic Glaze
Goats cheese and Red onion
Ham hock and Edam
Port salut and Peppardew peppers

Monogo doesn't socialise (ledge), Monday, 6 November 2017 14:46 (one week ago) Permalink

Um, wow. Or yuck. Not sure I would trust anyone doing half of those with something as simple as Margherita.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 6 November 2017 14:47 (one week ago) Permalink

That is a hellscape of a menu

Gary Synaesthesia (darraghmac), Monday, 6 November 2017 14:47 (one week ago) Permalink

Port salut and Peppardew peppers

is this a thing? not sure about this combination on or off pizza but would be willing to give it a go

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 6 November 2017 14:50 (one week ago) Permalink

this looks more like a selection of crisp flavours, and a p good one at that

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 6 November 2017 14:51 (one week ago) Permalink

it is the yardstick by which I judge a pizza place and is my most ordered pizza

Thirding this. If you can't make a delicious margherita, you shouldn't be in the biz.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Monday, 6 November 2017 14:52 (one week ago) Permalink

It is the basic test of your cheese, your sauce and your crust. All three need to be on point.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Monday, 6 November 2017 14:53 (one week ago) Permalink

honestly in terms of hellish pizza menus that doesn't really rank

Simon H., Monday, 6 November 2017 14:54 (one week ago) Permalink

thats all you need.

jamiesummerz, Monday, 6 November 2017 14:55 (one week ago) Permalink

want to eat pizza from that place right now.

http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/0a/15/ad/cc/l-antica-pizzeria-da.jpg

jamiesummerz, Monday, 6 November 2017 14:56 (one week ago) Permalink

^I'd add the napoletana

willem, Monday, 6 November 2017 15:00 (one week ago) Permalink

that is an example of good & acceptable pizza minimalism

imago, Monday, 6 November 2017 15:02 (one week ago) Permalink

JCLC nailed it with his post.

Karl Malone, Monday, 6 November 2017 15:48 (one week ago) Permalink

in america this is called "cheese pizza" and i don't think i've ever ordered an entire cheese pizza ever in my life

if we're talking SLICES though, it is by far my most ordered slice and i love it, though usually i am adding chili flakes, oregano, parmesan.. so maybe i do not actually love it as much as i am saying i do

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 6 November 2017 16:00 (one week ago) Permalink

No, a cheese pizza wouldn't have tomatoes as a topping.

how's life, Monday, 6 November 2017 16:01 (one week ago) Permalink

margherita pizza is not cheese pizza!

k3vin k., Monday, 6 November 2017 16:02 (one week ago) Permalink

yes it is!

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 6 November 2017 16:03 (one week ago) Permalink

never in a million years

Fox Mulder, FYI (dog latin), Monday, 6 November 2017 16:04 (one week ago) Permalink

but it is optional on a margherita

― American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, November 6, 2017 10:18 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

on the one hand, i defer to ed. on the other hand, there is no "optional", there is only right or wrong

brimstead, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 01:55 (one week ago) Permalink

xp rocket pizza would have a different green thing on it entirely iirc

mh, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 14:51 (one week ago) Permalink

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— italians mad at food (@ItalianComments) November 8, 2017

mark s, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 18:23 (one week ago) Permalink

ahahaha

imago, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 18:26 (one week ago) Permalink

great twitter account

cosmic brain dildo (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 18:26 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm just assuming that this is that account's only tweet

imago, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 18:28 (one week ago) Permalink

Austin used to have a really good Chicago-style pizza place but it went to hell years ago. I miss it so much.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 18:57 (one week ago) Permalink

we really enjoyed breaking up the streak of constant bbq with some Home Slice in Austin. place was kind of a zoo, though.

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 19:21 (one week ago) Permalink

for all of the controversy, pizza is usually good

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 19:22 (one week ago) Permalink

"Anyone can be a gourmet. For instance, there are millions of gourmets of pizzas."

-- Bob Marley --

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 19:24 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah Home Slice is always a madhouse. Last time I went we had to wait like an hour and a half for a table. I'd just cross the street and get some pizza at Enoteca Vespaio.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 20:15 (one week ago) Permalink

Pizza ≠ Pie. Stop calling it that you murderers

Fox Mulder, FYI (dog latin), Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:09 (one week ago) Permalink

#iamthe23

Fox Mulder, FYI (dog latin), Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:09 (one week ago) Permalink

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza slice?

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:11 (one week ago) Permalink

I always figured Dean Martin was going for surreal or proto-psychedelia or something. Pizza is not pie any more than a hot dog is a sandwich. Ridiculous

Fox Mulder, FYI (dog latin), Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:13 (one week ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EP2GMyQdw78

erry red flag (f. hazel), Thursday, 9 November 2017 01:05 (one week ago) Permalink

i'll have a margherita but instead of tomato i'll have sauce and instead of fresh mozz i'll have the old stuff. also no wilty basil please

assawoman bay (harbl), Thursday, 9 November 2017 01:21 (one week ago) Permalink

instead of marinara i'd have a creamy tequila sauce and instead of mozz i'll have lime slices, with a salted crust. LOL

phenibut rock (rip van wanko), Thursday, 9 November 2017 01:36 (one week ago) Permalink

xps pizza pie sounds good off the tongue so i'm all for it (even though it's not a pie obviously)

nxd, Thursday, 9 November 2017 10:14 (one week ago) Permalink

unless it can be served with either brown gravy or custard, it's not pie

Fox Mulder, FYI (dog latin), Thursday, 9 November 2017 11:00 (one week ago) Permalink

funny you should say that

imago, Thursday, 9 November 2017 11:01 (one week ago) Permalink

luv2serve a steak and ale pie with custard

drinkmaster sealcup at yr service (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 9 November 2017 11:09 (one week ago) Permalink

wait wait. so it isn't "When the moon hits your eye like a big piece of pie"????

thomasintrouble, Thursday, 9 November 2017 11:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Italian Easter Pie (Pizza Gain, a.k.a. Pizza Rustica)

http://d3cizcpymoenau.cloudfront.net/images/20408/SFS_ItalianEasterPie_V2-23.jpg

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 9 November 2017 12:24 (one week ago) Permalink

Also, pizza,

from Italian pizza, originally "cake, tart, pie," of uncertain origin

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 9 November 2017 12:26 (one week ago) Permalink

Largely, though, most Americans at that time had never heard of pizza. "If someone suggests a 'pizza pie' after the theater, don't think it is going to be a wedge of apple," wrote New York Herald Tribune food columnist Clementine Paddleford in 1939. "It is going to be the surprise of your life,... a nice stunt to surprise the visiting relatives, who will be heading East soon for the World's Fair. They come to be surprised, and pizza, pronounced 'peet-za,' will do the job brown."

Lots of great stuff here, I'm learning a lot!

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/263732/where-does-pizza-pie-originate

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 9 November 2017 12:30 (one week ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0eGUQWENMc

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 9 November 2017 12:31 (one week ago) Permalink

josh i have gone through the etymology of this already! any rolled out dough is basically the same word: pizza, pasta, pita, pastry etc

don't know if "pie" quite makes the cut here tho

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 9 November 2017 12:59 (one week ago) Permalink

Well, I did learn that it is largely an American thing, and that it (pizza or pizza pie) doesn't really enter the English vernacular until the 20th century, possibly a mishearing of "pizzapaia." As someone pointed out in that link, "The paia is the sound an Italian (maybe even Neapolitan or Sicilian) would reproduce seeing the letters in pie, those who were literate."

Anyway, pizza is not a pie. But I like all the etymological connections anyway.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:04 (one week ago) Permalink

in another, more accurate sense, there is nothing that is not a pie

mark s, Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Calzone = pizza pie pie

nashwan, Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:28 (one week ago) Permalink

Well, I did learn that it is largely an American thing, and that it (pizza or pizza pie) doesn't really enter the English vernacular until the 20th century, possibly a mishearing of "pizzapaia." As someone pointed out in that link, "The paia is the sound an Italian (maybe even Neapolitan or Sicilian) would reproduce seeing the letters in pie, those who were literate."

Isn't that a circular reference? 'Pie gets used because of pizzapaia which comes about from Sicilians trying to say pie after they saw it written down about pizza'.

How about this for a cobbled together etymology? Almost all Italian American immigration is from the 'Two Sicilies' - effectively Naples and Sicily. When the round, Neapolitan, shape started to take hold and define what pizza was, the rectangular, Sicilian shape tried to claim it was just as good - literally 'pizza paia', or pizza equal. This became 'pie' in English to differentiate between the shapes and over the intervening years got (mistakenly) applied to both kinds. Sounds as plausible as anything else.

Thomas Gabriel Fischer does not endorse (aldo), Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:30 (one week ago) Permalink

I don't know if it's circular so much as redundant, which sounds like just the sort of thing Americans at the turn of the century would do with this exotic Italian import.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:37 (one week ago) Permalink

pizza is pasta, is the point i was trying to make

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:48 (one week ago) Permalink

controversial, but I like where you're going with this

mh, Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:49 (one week ago) Permalink

No need to bring the spaghetti pie into this
https://www.aspicyperspective.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/baked-spaghetti-pie-recipe-23.jpg

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:49 (one week ago) Permalink

I am now wondering what a pepperoni pie would be like

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Thursday, 9 November 2017 17:27 (one week ago) Permalink

you mean a peperoni in the shape of a pie, to scale?

brimstead, Thursday, 9 November 2017 18:09 (one week ago) Permalink

Ordered a personal size margherita pizza and a personal size garden pizza (spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, black olives), and split each with my wife, for lunch today.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 11 November 2017 22:20 (one week ago) Permalink

AND?????

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 11 November 2017 22:23 (one week ago) Permalink

HE SPILLED HIS GUTS ALL OVER THE STAAAAGE

imago, Saturday, 11 November 2017 22:30 (one week ago) Permalink

my mom just requested a taco pizza from the Godfather’s pizza chain, but her dad just died so I am not questioning anything

mh, Saturday, 11 November 2017 23:21 (one week ago) Permalink

listen to your mother

j., Sunday, 12 November 2017 02:15 (one week ago) Permalink

yes, and condolences to you both

estela, Sunday, 12 November 2017 02:22 (one week ago) Permalink

it was a good pizza experience

mh, Sunday, 12 November 2017 02:34 (one week ago) Permalink

have you ever masturbated in front of a margherita pizza

assawoman bay (harbl), Sunday, 12 November 2017 02:36 (one week ago) Permalink

a marg pizza is a symbol of restraint unless it’s especially savory or decadent. perhaps in Italy a prime example or, if you live a life of decadence.. these things could happen

mh, Sunday, 12 November 2017 02:42 (one week ago) Permalink

I ordered a pulled pork bbq pizza tonight and mentally flipped double birds at this thread as i did it

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 12 November 2017 04:33 (one week ago) Permalink

never knew there were people who thought margerita pizza wasnt a thing

i n f i n i t y (∞), Sunday, 12 November 2017 18:23 (one week ago) Permalink


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