Knife & Fork or Hands

Do you eat pizza with your hands or with a knife and fork?


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cupcakechef

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I'm a bit of both. Usually if I'm at home, I'll eat with my hands. If I'm at a restaurant I'll usually start with a knife and fork and then end up using my hands if it starts getting too difficult.

Sometimes when I'm having pizza when I am out I also see what everyone else does. If everyone else is using their hands then I don't want to be awkward and use a knife and fork.
 

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If I am in a restaurant I always use a fork and knife to eat pizza with. However, if I am eating at home or with my family I always use my hands. Homemade pizza usually requires a fork and knife because it can get pretty messy with all the toppings. I have to agree with keytcee, eating pizza with your hands is always way better and more fun.
 
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By the way, I always eat pizza with my hands. Always, no matter how messy the pizza is. I remember many years ago, when my family moved from California to Maryland, and we went out to eat with a large group, and EVERYONE used a knife and fork. As a young kid, I didn't want to look weird, so I did the same. And, while I didn't look weird, I felt weird. I suspect it all has to do with what you grew up doing.
 

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New Yawk & Brooklyn Style mostly with my hands - folded in half lengthwise with the grease running down my elbows LOL.

I went to a fancy italian restaurant with my boss once, and ate a slice with a knife and fork so I wouldn't drip anything on myself and look like a lady. He was from Chicago, and looked at me like I was nuts, and asked me why I was eating pizza with a knife and fork.
 

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Whether with hands or with a knife and fork, it depends on the context and also on how hot the pizza really is. If I am at my home or with my closest friends, then confidence is such that the cutlery of Adam and Eve take over. If I'm eating out and therefore in a more social context, I cut it with a knife and fork, even though I have the same friends around. But then I reserve a few pieces to grab with hands, usually the crust.
 

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By the way, I always eat pizza with my hands. Always, no matter how messy the pizza is. I remember many years ago, when my family moved from California to Maryland, and we went out to eat with a large group, and EVERYONE used a knife and fork. As a young kid, I didn't want to look weird, so I did the same. And, while I didn't look weird, I felt weird. I suspect it all has to do with what you grew up doing.
I've never had a Chicago style deep dish, but have had Pizza Hut's Priazzo which I ate with a knife and fork. Too bad they discontinued them. The Portofino was my favorite. I won't eat any of the chain pizzas any more.
 

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It definitely depends on where I am, what type of pizza it is and (if dining out) whether they only give you knife and fork or if they give you a pizza cutter too.

Providing its a proper pizza with a thin crispy base then hands is always my preferred method. But sometimes in a restaurant they'll only give you a knife and fork so faced with a whole uncut pizza there's no other option to at least start with the knife and fork (I usually end up using my hands later on though). At home we share a pizza between us so I cut it into slices on a board and we help ourselves with our hands.

When I've had what I call floppy pizzas I use a knife and fork - but this style of pizza isn't that popular around here (I only really see it in Costco) and I'd probably only choose it if there were no better options.
 

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Anyone that uses a fork and knife to eat pizza is not welcome in my home. That also goes for people that cut spaghetti with a knife.
 

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Anyone that uses a fork and knife to eat pizza is not welcome in my home. That also goes for people that cut spaghetti with a knife.
I would never try eating deep dish pizza with out a knife and fork. When I first start eating a calzone or stromboli, it is too hot to pick up.
 

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It depends. If I'm in a restaurant where pizza is not 1 of their main items, I'll use a knife and fork, even if it's a thin/thinner crusted pizza. I did that recently because the toppings on 1 of their 2 specials looked appealing and I started out with hands, but changed to knife and fork because it just felt wrong/uncomfortable to use my hands in that setting. If it's a deep dish pizza, knife and fork only. Otherwise, it's hands.
 
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