Not too long ago here in Buffalo NY a chef writer, (I didn't catch his name, but he was at La Nova's Pizzeria right inside Buffalo NY,) claims to have coined the term..."Buffalo Pizza."
Not too long ago I had a profile in this community where I brought this very concept up after buying and reading a copy of The Pizza Bible.
Here's the thing. I had the blessed opportunity o be able to sit down and watch Frank Pinello's Pizza Show on Viceland. Listening to him talk is like reading Mr. Gemingnani's Book. Respect for the Craft..
I mentioned the pizzerias' here in the Western New York area that are a must go to...for BUFFALO PIZZA!
614 Grover Cleveland Highway
Amherst, NY 14226, and
Bocce Club Pizza Bailey Location
4174 North Bailey Avenue Amherst, NY 14226.
So, if you try them...you'll notice that they're very Americanized. The white flour is the first distinction. Kind of pasty for mouthfeel, but the mix of cheeses, and each shop's pizza sauce recipes are what make them so unique. Always good with some buffalo chicken wings!
I also had the unfortunate opportunity to dine at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute sit down restaurant on their campus. Now I lived in Eastern Europe for a month. In the Ukraine. Pretty much everyday I went out for authentic European Pizza...the only difference between a Neapolitan and the ones I had in the Ukraine and the Naples version....CAMPBELL'S TOMATO SOUP FOR SAUCE!
Granted, the pepperoni in the Ukraine had some bone meal in it. After a while it tasted pretty good. The mozzarella cheese was okay.
If I had to choose or make one distinctive change(s) it would be this...GET RID OF THE TOMATO SOUP FOR SAUCE AND USE THE FRESH SAUCE VERSION...all those pizzas were cooked in wood fired ovens.
HARD LESSON LEARNED!
So, Buffalo NY, the birth place of Buffalo Wings, when they're served...so is the pizza.
The fact that Buffalo is on a major international shipping lane for maritime traffic, along with the numerous grain towers indicate the importance of grain for flour production here. It's so important that they are HISTORICAL SITES...THAT CAN NOT BE TORN DOWN!
Buffalo New York is truly a culinary masterpiece...just like our unique style of pizza.