Tristero 
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Re: “Park Pizza Co.

I remember visiting Naples for a few days while bumming around Europe for a spell after college. The transit workers were on strike, and so my girlfriend and I were stuck there for a few days. We tried to make the most it, but I found Naples to be pretty unremarkable in many ways: dirty, chaotic, noisy, with shifty-eyed, angular inhabitants whose collective will seemed to be engaged in a slow and bitter crawl toward death, each minute spent furtively scheming a way to escape this blighted hell-scape of a city.

Naples is, however, at least in the popular imagination, the birthplace of pizza. There is even an official organization that sets out rules for "official" Neapolitan pizza such as it must only be cooked at a certain temperature, in a certain oven, can't be kneaded by any mechanical means, must use only "San Marzano" tomatoes, and so on. The "official" Neapolitan pizza comes in one of two varieties held up by purists as the sine non qua of fine pizza: the Margherita and the Marinara. The former consisting solely of tomatoes, basil, garlic, and olive oil the latter of marinara sauce, olive oil, mozzarella, and basil leaves. Neapolitans are famously fanatical about their local dish, and if you don't forcefully stop them will rant feverishly for hours about the ridiculous minutia that goes into creating the perfect pizza.

During my time in Naples I sampled a wide variety of such pizzas from the back alleyways to the tourist joints. In general, the pizzas were pretty good, if much different than American-style pies, but I couldn't help wondering if they were worth the endless amounts of hype I heard over the years about "true" Italian pizza.

I also couldn't help thinking that at that time I would have given anything to be having few drinks at a cool bar in the company of friends, my mind focused on enjoying myself rather than analyzing the extent to which the food I was eating conformed to some arbitrary set of culinary ideals or the dictates of Francois Simon. If that's what you're after I would stay away from this place. If, however, you want some really good, unique, reasonably priced pizza in town served by some of the coolest people in Charleston head to Park Pizza.

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Posted by Tristero on January 14, 2011 at 12:57 PM

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