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In Pursuit of Perfect Pizza: The NT Scale

How far would you go for the perfect slice?


Ever since I was a kid, I have loved pizza. I mean who doesn’t? But growing up eating the same kind (Pepperoni, Mushroom, Green Olive), from the same place (Little Caesars), sometimes many times a week (2 parents constantly working overtime), sort of made me grow to dislike it. It took a while, but the fondness slowly came back to me and now that I am in control of my pizza consumption I feel that the joy will never fade.

Having said that, ahead we go.

There are many ways a pizza can be good, and many factors that one must look at when deciding on what might be best. There is any number of things that can be judged about the dough alone (thickness, consistency, flavour, texture, crunch, etc) before even thinking about the 20 other things there are on a ‘slice-o-pie’. Though of the many ways to judge the quality of a ‘za, I prefer one. I call it the “Ninja Turtle Scale”, or “NT Scale”.

Anyone who was ever a child from my [Juh-Juh] generation was subjected to the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon at some point or another. I was obsessed with them (and Batman), and always wished I could get my hands on the pizza that they were eating. So completely thin, and floppy (for lack of a better adjective); the cheese would stretch for years when they would grab a slice.

I have been searching my entire life for a slice like this, and I have yet to find it. Though, today I did come close. Dynamite Pizza, around the corner from my apartment, gave me a glimpse into this. I grabbed 2  slices of meat lovers and a soda for 5 bucks flat; and it was amazing. There was more than double the amount of toppings that you would normally find at a regular pizza shop, and the cheese, oh my. What would usually be “triple cheese” at a national chain was the norm on this slice, and my first bite offered a preview of the NT effect. There was a noticeable resistance as I pulled the slice away from my mouth, and it excited me as much as it scared me.

I am done eating now, and 2 slices of pizza have brought me to feel as if I might vomit. There are very few things that can fill me up this much for $5 (including a soda!), so no matter what, its a great deal. Perhaps I will try to get video demonstrating the NT Scale on their slices the next time I eat there. For now, I wait for my lactose intolerance to kick in.

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Justine January 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Dynamite has the some of the best pizza. Try their wings, also a delight.

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