In need of perspective, the woman turned to Reddit’s Am I the A****** forum asking if she took things too far. As her story goes, a friend from New York visited her in Seattle. The friend waxed poetic about how New York City has the best pizza. So the woman took her visiting friend to a certified Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN) pizza shop. However, the friend complained the whole time that the food wasn’t authentic.
“I live a few blocks from a pizza place in Seattle that is certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana — the Italian certification for ‘authentic’ Neapolitan pizza,” the Reddit poster said. “A friend of mine from college who is from New York came to Seattle and visited me. She wanted ‘good’ pizza, so I took her and some other friends to the place with the AVPN certification. Well, she went on and on about how it wasn’t authentic and wasn’t real pizza, and she should know because, quote, ‘I’m from New York, and we know what authentic pizza is like.'”
The Reddit poster tried to explain the pizza was authentic, just not the same kind they serve in New York.
“I kind of just let her wind down and then said, ‘Do you think Italy has real pizza?” the Reddit poster explained. “Naples, Neapolitan, is that what you mean by authentic pizza?’ She hesitated and then said yes, that was where New York pizza was from. Then I showed her the flyer explaining that the pizza place that we were at had AVPN certification, and indeed used very specific flour and filtered/mineral water and flew in very specific mozzarella and tomatoes from Italy to maintain the certification. [And] that, while there are AVPN pizzerias in NYC, there are only a couple, and none of her favorites were on the list. She got really quiet. But when we got out of the restaurant, she said that I had tricked her. That I should know that what she meant by ‘real’ pizza wasn’t AVPN-certified pizza.”
Reddit users thought the friend needed to chill about the pizza.
“She was being a pizza snob, and you just played her game,” someone said.
“She sounds exhausting,” another responded.
“She sounds very pretentious. Hopefully, she’ll reconsider being this way in the future,” a person commented.
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