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EXCEPTIONAL # 5VERY GOOD #4A GOOD PIE #3ONLY FAIR #2SUB STANDARD #1

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CRITERIA

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CRUSTBreadlike crustGood textured bread but notBread like, but not great breadFlabbyDomino's/frozen pizza like

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Firm, not drooping pointbreadlikecottony-puff bread

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puffy, blistered coroneslightly flabby crustnoticeably flabby crustflabby, cotton like texture

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Rich, unique flavorGood flavor, yeastyGood flavor but not outstandinglittle flavor, boringflavorless

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minimal yeast starteryeast in doughclearly no starterflat, no yeast or too muchcardboard

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hand stretchedhand tossedhand tossedmachine rolledpre formed

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not overly thin or wide coronetoo wide coronnehaphazard coronetoo big/too small coronetoo big/too small corone

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hand made doughmachine made doughmachine doughmachine doughmachine dough

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thin crustmedium thin crustover 1/4inch crustoverly thick or cracker crustoverly thick or cracker crust

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Saucetastes of fresh crushed tomatoestaste of good quality cannedtaste of average qual cannedcooked, inferior cannedpre prepared-cooked

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minimal extra ingredients

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tastes natural tomato sweetnesstastes natural tomato sweetnesstaste of added sweetnesspronounced sugarvery sweet

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Canned San Marz Imported tomatoesCanned Imported tomatoesHigh Qual Canned domesticcanned pureecanned sauce

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Puree or crush with s,p, oregpuree with only s, p and oregpuree or dice, garlic toocookedcooked

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CheesesBufala MozzarellaFior de Latte Mozzarellafresh Mozzarella/good agedaged Mozzarella blendfake/cheddar or blend

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Real deal Reggiano, pecorino, romItalian granna, pecorino, romanodomestic grated, blendsdomestic grated, blendslow quality, fake or overly salty

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Respectful amount of cheeseoverly generouscovered in cheesetons of questionable qualtons of questionable qual

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ToppingsSausage made in house, on casing

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artisanial salumi or made in house

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vegs roasted in oven

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whole fresh opened clamswhole clamschopped clamssparce chopped clamssurimi

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Authentico Neapolitan ingredientsVPN Ingredients plus high qualitygood quality overallraw everything, canned mushrooms, raw vegs

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Herbs freshHerbs freshHerbs freshDry herbsdry stale herbs

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Overall impeccable qualityOverall impeccable qualityGood quality but not top ratedomestic hamsprocessed hams

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Fuel/ovenwood/coalwood/coal/oilgas/wood mixgas, non-brick ovengas

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oven over 900 degreesoven heat over 700 degreesoven heat over 700 degreesoven heat over 550 degreesUnder 550 degrees

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small opening, domed brick, ItalDomed brick, domesticDomed brick, domesticbrick oven, gasgas deck ovens

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Time pie in oven: 120 seconds maxTime pie in oven: 120 seconds maxover 2 minutes3-4 minutes3-6 minutes

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wood smoke flavorsmokey flavoryeasty flavornothing discernableno flavor

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OverallBeautiful pie (can be round or free)good looking pieNo mistakes, but not wowgenericundercoooked and mediocre

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some imperfections not burnedsome imperfections not burnedsome imperfections some burnsno imperfectionsnot cooked enough

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want to eat more than you canwant to eat more than you can2 pieces is enoughone piece is enoughcan't finish one piece

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Has a special uniquenesshas unique flavorvery good, not special flavornot unique but tastyboring

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very high quality oil, but not bathedgood oil, judiciously addedno oilno oil, but greasyno oil

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All flavors meld beautifullyFlavors blend nicelyGood distinct flavorsboringflavors fight

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Almost other worldly good flavorTerrific flavorgood overall flavorflavor good but not specialdull flavors