I realize this has been rehashed many times, some recently, but I thought it deserved its own thread. New york is not a great pizza city. By that I mean, the bulk of the pizza produced in this city is bland, greasy, and often just an excuse to eat thick amounts of mediocre cheese. That is not to say that you cannot get wonderful slices here and there. That is not to say that other cities are that much better. But I do beleive it has gotten worse.
I travel to Sao Paulo Brazil often. Pizza there is far better than it is here, measured by the average and by the extremes. Pizza places are by and large run by families of italian descent, often first/second generation. Its what I imagine New york was 30 years ago.
People talk so often of globalization, and how they fear that in this hyper mobile world cultural differences will be smoothed out. But the opposite always impresses me. How mini cultural distinctions can survive for so long (such as why London tolerates such bad pizza, yet Milan has such wonderful pies). Yes you can move a pizza establishment from Milan to London, but if the public is used to shit there really is no point.