Eating a slice of pizza with proper technique can be as tricky as a 90 year old woman trying to text with emojis—or my mother. Below you will find some helpful and not so helpful pizza eating techniques.
Technique #1: Folding
You don’t need to read the other two techniques because this is the only true way to eat a slice of pizza. With your thumb and middle finger positioned underneath the crust and your index finger balanced on top for stability, then gently squeeze and lift your slice! You will be eating your pizza like a boss with this technique. The official technique of all New Yorkers, we don’t care how many toppings land on the cheese, always fold the slice and go in tip first.
Technique #2: Rolling
One of the most uncommon techniques seen in New York City is rolling your slice as though you are packing a suitcase. Why would anyone ever do this?! Yes, I really do see this a few times a month while giving my pizza tour and it’s most commonly used by Europeans and Australians. The only thing that comes to mind is that they must be in hurry to go eat some New York curry. Rolling your slice requires one hand for support in the back and fingertips in the front to roll tip to lip. Once you have your slice rolled, I wish you luck in taking a bite, but you should pick either the right or left side as going into the middle, will only create a crater in your slice. Beware, this technique will undoubtedly result in a volcanic eruption from both ends… a natural pizza disaster!
Technique #3: Knife n Fork*
The photo above represents something you should never do. Under no circumstance is this necessary—yes Mayor de Blasio… I’m talking to you. There is nothing top heavy about this slice; there aren’t toppings sunbathing on this cheese; and this is in truth, insulting the slice of pizza in the photo. The only thing required to eat pizza like this is not knowing better. Should you see someone eating a slice of pizza like this, kindly scroll up and show them technique #1 or if you must, resort to technique #2. You’re welcome.
*This slice was not harmed or sliced in the knife and fork demo, I proceeded to fold and bite.
Special thank you to New Park Pizza for existing, being awesome and allowing me to use a knife and fork to pretend to demo this technique.