100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes, No. 60: Plain Cheese Pizza Cooked Extra Crispy at Zoli's

To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

Pizza is one of the most abused foods Americans are subjected to. For generations we've taken a product birthed from glowing ovens in Italy and squeezed every last ounce of passion and dignity from it before stuffing it in a sweaty, dusty cardboard box.

It's gotten so bad that when Jay Jerrier opened an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria in Deep Ellum a few years back, many customers complained, basically, that it didn't taste enough like Pizza Hut. This is how far we've fallen as a pizza-eating society.

As Jerrier opened subsequent locations the complaints only grew. There's not enough cheese on it, some said. The crust is so soggy in the center, others complained, oblivious that Jerrier's pizzas were exactly how they should be.

Finally Jerrier acquiesced, opening a New York-style pizzeria called Zoli's in Oak Cliff. He traveled through the boroughs of New York with a team of pie-eaters, looking for the best pizza they could find, and he brought it here for Dallasites to enjoy.

Just make sure you ask that your pie spend a little extra time in the oven, so you can enjoy the blistered black spots that make pizza crust delicious, Old World or not. And you really ought to eat it there with a few friends and a few more cans of beer. Pizza is always better that way.

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