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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Confessions of a Pizza Snob

Yes, my name is Denise, and I am a Pizza snob. I have to taste the pizza in every city in every country I visit. Chicago, deep dish, great fillings, but too much crust. LA, "Pizza Kitchen" type stuff, well, really, is that pizza? Save the Thai Chicken for, well, Thai Chicken dishes. Also, do not dump a salad on top of my pizza, it's disturbing. Middle of the US, say, Nebraska or Iowa, PLEASSSE, do you not own herbs? By the way Iowa, that's not crust, it's bread. What is that stuff you are calling cheese????? Mexico, guys, you just got it all wrong. San Francisco, your heart is in it, especially in little Italy section, but, still, why are you so in love with big crust? Just cause you make the best sour dough bread doesn't mean you should put it under a pizza. Jupiter Pizza in Berkeley, great, if you like that gourmet twist, like pear and gorgonzola, served with root beer flavored beer, which I do on occasion. The crust is perfect though. I even had pizza in Hoi An, a little village in central Viet Nam, could not pass up the opportunity. I must say, not bad, but I think because there are so many Euorpean's living there, and they demand good homeland food. Now, New York. Perfection. Skinny oily crust, a perfect smear of paste, properly seasoned, and a grating of really creamy cheese, perfectly melted, and pepperoni to die for. Which brings me to the reason I am writing this. I haven't had what I consider really good pizza in Nevada County in 10 years, since Cowboy Pizza on Spring St. closed their doors. I've had what other people say is good, or even great (Franks, Northridge) however it's just not to my snobby authentic pizza standards. However, went to Goomba's on Colfax Hwy. across from Memorial Park Friday night, and had a GREAT NEW YORK STYLE PEPPERONI PIZZA. While the crust could have been even a little thinner, it was still lovely. The sauce was perfect, the cheese creamy, and the pepperoni nice and salty and crunchy. THANK YOU GOOMBA'S. By the way, their beef and pepper sandwich is as good as any I've had in Chicago. Hmmm, happy.


  1. Heads up cascade shores residence, bear sited right in front of Denise's house. It was drinking out of the puddle out front on the road. It looked like a juvenile. Beware of bears, they're not in hypernate mode these days.

  2. Really? I haven't seen one for over a year. What time of day was it? I call that puddle "lake pasquale" and it is growing every larger!

  3. we were coming down the grade at about 9 pm and saw it drinking. we hit the breaks and it ran out in front of our car and then off through kent's yard.