What’s the best way to eat a pizza slice?

2018-09-12 06:00
How we generally eat a pizza is by holding it from the corners.PHOTO: sourced.

How we generally eat a pizza is by holding it from the corners.PHOTO: sourced.

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PICTURE this — a crispy base with your favourite toppings along with strings of hot melted cheese oozing out of the pizza; drool-worthy, isn’t it? That’s what a pizza does to you. But as you get hold of your ultimate comfort food to take a bite, that’s when your toppings go for a toss; the flimsy base does not help either. Whom to blame, the generous toppings or the base? It is nothing but the technique you use to hold the pizza. Yes, that’s right. You have been holding a pizza slice wrong all this while! Here’s how to do it like a pro!

How we generally eat a pizza is by holding it from the corners, which does not form a proper grip for the triangular portion of the pizza, as a result of which all the toppings slide off as you start to eat.

The ideal way of eating a pizza is to fold the slice in half — fold it in half, lift it and bite into it. That’s how easy it is. If the science behind this theory has got you thinking, we have got you covered.

When the pizza is flat, it has zero curvature. So when you fold the pizza in half, you force it to come together and become flat in the other direction, all of it that points towards your mouth. This will help the slice sustain its toppings.

Basically, by folding the pizza, you are creating rigidity in the direction perpendicular to the fold that holds the shape of the pizza so it can be easily gorged on without really creating a mess.

Interestingly, the science behind eating a pizza slice has a mathematical logic to it. The mathematical result that was invented by German genius Carl Friedrich Gauss was known as the “Theorema Egregium”, which literally translates to excellent or remarkable theorem. This theorem was based on curved surfaces and was invented in the 19th century.

According to the theorem, one direction of the pizza slice should always remain flat, no matter how you fold it; it should retain its original flatness.

This ideal way of eating a pizza makes a popular practice in Italy, which is the place of origin of the cheesy delight. So, now you know how to eat a pizza like a pro without having to make a mess out of it. You can thank us later.

Sarika Rana.

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