I am fully aware of the fact that people everywhere, and I mean around the world everywhere, make bold claims that the pizza from their hometown is the best pizza you could possibly find. This is not something that’s unique to people from Pictou County. What IS unique to people from Pictou County, is that when they say it, they’re telling the truth.
In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit that this half of The Local Traveler is from Pictou County. But that changes nothing. It IS the best pizza in the world. There are blogs, facebook pages and Kijiji posts dedicated to it. At least two restaurants in Halifax have put Pictou County Pizza on their menu to attract the many PC ex-pats (and others in the know) through their doors. It has been shipped around the world from Fort McMurray to Afghanistan. Pizza Hut once tried to set up shop in New Glasgow. It didn’t last very long.
What makes PC pizza so good? The reasons are fourfold. First of all, the bread is thick and chewy. None of this thin crust foolishness. We PCers like our pizza to have some substance. Secondly, we don’t mess around with no generic red sauce on our ‘za. Spicy brown sauce only.
Note the spicy brown sauce.
Then, it gets loaded with thick slices of Brothers pepperoni. Every self-respecting pepperoni pizza should have enough of a meat buffer so that no cheese comes near the dough. And finally, the donair sauce. Yes, you can find this anywhere in Nova Scotia (the rest of the world is only now catching on to this awesome flavour medley). But in PC, we don’t coat. We dip.
Note the abundance of Brothers pepperoni.
That brings us to which Pictou County pizza establishment to try. Here is where is gets complicated, but in my opinion, it really doesn’t need to be. You have plenty of choices. Alice’s, Andre’s, Acropole New Glasgow, Acropole Westville, Sam’s in Abercrombie, Sam’s in Trenton, Sam’s in Stellarton, Sam’s in New Glasgow. PC residents argue vehemently over which is the best, comparable only to how they argue over hockey teams during the playoffs. But to be honest, they are all relatively the same, unless you have the practiced palette of a born and bred PCer.
Legend has it that they are all the result of three Greek brothers who came to Pictou County and set up a pizza shop. The current crop of pizza shops are run by them and their offspring.* So, the recipe for the pizza, pizza sauce and donair sauce is all the same. That said, for a slice, Acropole in New Glasgow is the best and for a full pizza, Sam’s in Abercrombie is the best.
*This is what I’ve been told over the years. Please send any info you might have on the history of Pictou County pizza to [email protected] or post it in the comments section. PS: the use of the word “legend” gives me license to make up whatever I want about it.