Who’s the blowhard?
After reading your review of Pizza Centro [Restaurant Review, Jan. 1], I knew I had to try this new addition to the Santa Fe pizza scene. I did— and you were absolutely right. It is very good pizza. But I have to take umbrage with the last paragraph of your review. When Patsy’s Pizza opened in Santa Fe, they billed themselves as “New York Pizza.” It was anything but New York pizza, as I wrote to you in my letter at that time. I feel the last paragraph of your review is aimed at people like me— ex-New Yorkers who are insulted by pizza restaurants that loosely describe their offerings as New York pizza. If you use that term, you better bring the goods. Which, up until now, has not happened. It’s absurd of you to say “Let’s celebrate what we have and leave the nitpicking to folks who seem happier when complaining about what they left behind when they moved here.” No one is complaining about local pizza that makes no other claim. It’s only when a pizza business alleges to be something it’s not that I have to take pen to paper. I am not a “nitpicker”— I happily left New York for the wonderful Southwest. I would feel the same way if I went back to New York and ate an “authentic tamale” that tasted like corn bread with meat on it. So before you insult your readers, maybe you should consider exactly what we are grumbling about. We “blowhards” from New York only want what is advertised. Fran Kipnes