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Banana Pizza: You’re definitely going to find whacky combinations of pizza with all the ‘creative minds’ that you find in Amsterdam. This pizza caught my attention because the only topping was banana. The banana was cut into circular thin slices with a tomato base and cheese. Though the combination was a bit strange, it was pretty good and I’m glad I had it.

Rassy’s BIG Slice: There’s a place in Halifax called Rassy’s. It claims to be the biggest slice in Halifax. I’ve never found a bigger slice, but then again, when I’m in Halifax I’ll only go to Rassy’s. I always get the veggie (tomato, green peppers and mushroom). At one point the guy that ran the joint thought I was from Halifax because I’d been in there so much. What makes these slices look even bigger is they serve them on these tiny plates, so the slice is hanging off.

So you can get the idea of how big these slices are, they take a 38” pizza and cut it into four. Let’s take a look at the math:

Circumference of a circle is measured by the diameter of a circle (38”) multiplied by pizza pi (3.14...). If we divide this number by 4, we can get how big the crust of this one slice would be (assuming the pizza was cut perfectly into 4 slices, and Rassy knows how to cut a pizza so I think we are safe.)
C = pi(d)
= 3.14(38 “)
= 119.32 inches
dividing this by 4 will get us the slice crust value (sc)
sc = 119.32/4
= 30 inches of crust.

For those who like the metric system that would be 76 cm. That’s pretty big. If that doesn’t give you a good idea of how big these slices are, we can talk about the area of this gigantic slice (i just like doing math, if you don’t find this funny move onto the next slice) The formula for area of a circle is pi multiplied by radius squared. Again we’d divide this by 4.
A = 3.14(19)^2
= 283 square inches of pizza.

I could go on calculating the length of the other two sides of the triangle but at this point I figure I’ve lost everyone and am the only one amused by these fun calculations!!!

Italian Flag Pizza: If you want the best pizza, you gotta go to the source. On my trip to Italy, I didn’t get a chance to go to Naples (this is the birthplace of pizza!) but I ate at least one full pizza a day, usually accompanied by a bottle of red wine. In Italy, they are the masters of the thin crust, and don’t smother their pizzas in cheese, it is merely another topping. My most memorable meal was the nationalistic pizza that looked like the Italian flag. The toppings were spinach, mushrooms and carrot, however they weren’t carelessly sprinkled about. They were sectioned off to make distinct columns to represent the stripes of the flag. Granted it looked a little more like the Irish flag, but it was a good attempt and a delicious treat.

Chicago Deep Dish: The only place to get a true deep dish is in the windy city. Pretty much any pizza place you visit will have the deep-dish option. What separates a good and great deep dish is the crust. It can’t be too dry or thick; you want it crisp and greasy. If you think you can eat one of these to yourself, it better be your first and last meal of the day. Whatever size you order, consider it two of those pizzas. I’ll usually have it for dinner and then the leftovers for breakfast and lunch the next day, or sometimes I can sell slices for inflated prices to a hungry sucker in the van.

New York Greasewheel: Do you like greasy pizza? Only the greasiest pizza can be found in NYC. I remember seeing a shirt in a magazine that said ‘ I heart NY pizza’. The typical NY slice is usually only 1 topping but more diverse than the most popular one topping: pepperoni. You still find pepperoni slices, but along side those will be slices with just broccoli, just mushrooms, just spinach and some places have penne pasta as a topping.

Pineapple w/ BBQ base: Sometimes you have to convince the maker to do this, but if you convince them, it’s well worth it. Instead of tomato sauce, you replace the base with BBQ sauce. This gives a sweeter foundation to the pizza and you should choose your toppings accordingly. Mostly everything will work, but I find if you have pineapple on there, it complements the BBQ sauce very well. Also, mango or tomato will work nicely on this pizza.

The following songs were collectively composed while waiting for this exact pizza.

How much is that pizza in the window? (to the tune of “How Much is that Doggie in the Window?”)
How much is that pizza in the window?
The one with the BBQ base.
How much is that pizza in the window?
I’d really like to have a taste.

Munch Away (to the tune of “Drift Away” by Uncle Cracker)
Give me some pizza, some cheese on dough
A BBQ base and some pineapple
and munch away.

Happy pie tasting!


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