Knife-and-Fork or in Your Hand? How Do You Eat Pizza?

I have a friend who eats her pizza with a knife and fork. She's European, so she has impeccable formal table manners and whenever I eat pizza with her, I admit that I feel like a philistine, for I eat my pizza by picking up a slice in my hand and bringing it straight up to my mouth. How do you eat your pizza?

In this video clip, Jon Stewart takes Donald Trump to task on several of his pizza moves, from Trump's choice of a chain pizza parlor to the fact that he stacks his slices on a plate. But what really sends Stewart over the edge is when Trump picks up a fork and begins eating his pizza with it. Later, Trump defended himself by saying he was trying to just eat the toppings and not the crust so that "we keep the weight down at least as good as possible."

On occasion, I'll start eating pizza with a knife and fork but truth be told, I always end up eating it with my hands. Why? It's just more fun that way. And for me, pizza is a fun, informal food even if I'm eating one of those pricey wood-fired pies you see so much of these days. The exception would be when eating a deep dish styled pizza but to be honest, I haven't had one of those in a long time.

How about you? What's your preferred pizza eating method?

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(Images: Star Trek and The Daily Show)

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Dana Velden has just finished writing her first book: Finding Yourself in the Kitchen: Meditations and Recipes from a Mindful Cook which is based on her Weekend Meditation posts from The Kitchn. (Rodale Press, Fall, 2015) She lives in Oakland, CA.