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View Poll Results: Which City has the best Italian food?
Providence 22 12.64%
Hartford 11 6.32%
New York City 93 53.45%
Pittsburgh 8 4.60%
Philadelphia 33 18.97%
Buffalo 5 2.87%
Miami 4 2.30%
Los Angeles 13 7.47%
Chicago 48 27.59%
Cleveland 7 4.02%
Detroit 1 0.57%
San Francisco 21 12.07%
Seattle 2 1.15%
Dallas 1 0.57%
Houston 4 2.30%
St. Louis 8 4.60%
Kansas City 0 0%
Phoenix 2 1.15%
San Diego 1 0.57%
New Orleans 7 4.02%
Atlanta 3 1.72%
Boston 34 19.54%
Baltimore 2 1.15%
Washington DC 1 0.57%
Milwaukee 4 2.30%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 174. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-30-2008, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I wouldn't be too surprised. My guess (since I haven't eaten Italian in all these cities) is that the cities with a high percentage of Italians (meaning Providence, Hartford, NYC, Pittsburgh, Philly) and the big cities (Chicago, LA, Bay Area) will have the best Italian food.
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Old 09-30-2008, 09:12 PM
 
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Yes I have to agree, I've asked a couple of tourist once what they thought about L.A.'s Italian cuisine, well they happened to be New Yorkers and they had allso mentioned Cantalini's Salerno and they said it was superb, they were surprised actually.
Awww...I feel so speciallll!!!
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Old 09-30-2008, 09:15 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Awww...I feel so speciallll!!!

Okay.
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Old 09-30-2008, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Central Coast, CA
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While mostly a German city in heritage, there is one historically Italian neighborhood known as "The Hill" in St. Louis. There are more than a few surprisingly good Italian restaurants.

Wish I could go and grab a salad at Zia's! Love that provel cheese.
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Old 10-01-2008, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Scarsdale, NY
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^ I always have something of a bias for the East Coast, and have been criticized for not including more Midwestern and West Coast cities. So for this poll, I focused so much on remembering other cities that I forgot to put Boston, Baltimore and DC as options...Sorry.
Don't be sorry, Boston should be on the poll and LA, San Diego, and other western cities shouldn't. If they don't like it, maybe they should pick up Emeril Lagasse's book up at the book store and learn to cook some ****in Italian food. Emiril's from Massachusetts and his a cooking studio is here in New York.
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Don't be sorry, Boston should be on the poll and LA, San Diego, and other western cities shouldn't. If they don't like it, maybe they should pick up Emeril Lagasse's book up at the book store and learn to cook some ****in Italian food. Emiril's from Massachusetts and his a cooking studio is here in New York.
Well the Northeastern cities definitely have the highest Italian populations, and undoubtedly NYC has the best Italian food.
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:38 PM
 
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Well the Northeastern cities definitely have the highest Italian populations, and undoubtedly NYC has the best Italian food.


Have to agree with that.
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Old 10-02-2008, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Scarsdale, NY
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I'm Sicilian. I don't know why, but my family doesn't consider themselves Italian. I'm not 100% sure, but are Sicilians Italian or not?
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Old 10-02-2008, 03:54 PM
 
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I'm Sicilian. I don't know why, but my family doesn't consider themselves Italian. I'm not 100% sure, but are Sicilians Italian or not?
Yes, Sicilians are Italians. Always have been. I've never heard of Sicilians not considering themselves Italian...ever see the Godfather? However, in the past there were some serious divisions between those of Southern Italian decent (like Sicily) and those of Northern Italian decent (like Venice). Typically these divisions were politically motivated. It even became a popular conception that Sicilians and other Southern Italians were part African or Arab (resulting in the derogatory term "guinea" because of Sicilian mining in Africa). Yet, many recent genetic studies have shown that such popular conceptions are entirely untrue, and that Northern and Southern Italians are essentially one nationality.
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Old 10-02-2008, 04:32 PM
 
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NYC is the easy champ. Chicago and Philly can be up there too. I don't see how SF is beating Boston though. Hartford and Providence definitely deserve credit but I can see why they wouldn't be topping the list because people just don't know about them.
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