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How To Eat Pizza: The Travolta, The Inside-Out Fold, and More

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Feb 01, 2014

There are a lot of ways to eat a slice of pizza, and they aren't all created equal. You could go with "The Classic," which simply involves putting it in your mouth. You could fold. You could even use a knife and fork, a practice that I'll defend, even if it got New York Mayor Bill DiBlasio in trouble.

But in this latest installment of my Cooking Channel web series You're Eating It Wrong, I demonstrate some more innovative approaches:

1. The Travolta - Layering one slice on top of another and eating both simultaneously, as popularized by John Travolta in the opening sequence of Saturday Night Fever...

This approach means you run out of pizza faster, plus steam from the bottom slice is likely to reduce crisp in the crust of the top slice. But if you want to feel as cool as John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, this is an option.

2. Crust Removal and Insertion - When you have a pizza with subpar crust, I recommend you remove the crust and lay it on the slice proper, from top to bottom. This imbues the crust with sauce and cheese, making it more delicious, and adds a new and different textural component to the slice experience.

3. The Inside-Out Fold - Fold it inside out and the sauce and cheese go directly on your tongue, accentuating those flavors. Some suggest the pizza won't hold together, but my research shows it works just fine, as long as the pizza doesn't have many toppings. And as we all know, great pizza doesn't need many toppings.

Watch the video at the top to see me demonstrate these techniques, and to see New York pizza legend Patsy Grimaldi's priceless reactions.

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