One of the best things about traveling anywhere in the country is taking the opportunity to sample the local fare. Instead of dining at chair restaurants while you travel, it's a good idea to research the local independent eateries that are renowned for offering the area's specialties. If New York City is on the list of places that you'll be visiting, you need to make it a priority to enjoy a New York slice or two. A seemingly endless list of restaurants boast having the best slice in the Big Apple, and you might enjoy visiting a handful of pizza restaurants to decide which you like best. Here are some tips for enjoying this unique style of pizza like a real New Yorker.
Order Cheese Or Pepperoni
While you might be accustomed to ordering a wide range of toppings on your pizza, this isn't the norm in New York City. While many toppings are available, New York pizzerias specialize in pies with cheese or cheese and pepperoni. If you truly want to evaluate the city's pizza, you should order one of these styles that are hugely popular in each of the five boroughs. Forget about gimmicky toppings — instead, you'll enjoy the simplicity of the carefully tossed crust, tangy homemade tomato sauce, and just the right amount of cheese and/or pepperoni.
Sprinkle On Some Extras
While you should generally order a cheese slice of a cheese and pepperoni slice to truly taste New York's best pizza, there's no harm in sprinkling on some additional toppings. Conventionally, you'll find shakers of red pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese. Many New Yorkers top their slices with either of these ingredients, so feel free to give them a try. You might wish to try a couple bites of your slice first, and then add the extra ingredients afterward.
Go For The Fold
One of the things that you'll immediately notice about a New York slice is that it's larger than your conventional pizza slice. You may feel confounded as to how to approach it without the toppings sliding off onto your shirt. This is especially true if you're standing up to eat it, which is often the case in and around crowded New York pizza restaurants. The secret is to fold your slice lengthwise once. Doing so presses the toppings against each other, making it difficult for them to escape and make a mess of your shirt.