I have a love/hate relationship with the Times Union’s big Best Of thing that they do every year.
I love to read it, but it’s a terrible way to determine that something is “best.” It relies on voting that is often skewed by the nominees — and in some cases, what these winners are “best” at is drumming up votes.
The paper supports this campaigning by pitching advertising to the nominees where they’ll encourage people to vote for them. If you have money for marketing, you have a better chance at being named best? That doesn’t sound fair to me.
But let’s talk about Kay’s Pizza for a second.
I’ve been to Kay’s — and yes, it was alright — but there is no way on God’s green earth that Kay’s is the best pizza in the area. No! Their pan style pizzas are heavily topped in a way that the crust does not support. What you get is a pizza that’s difficult to eat with your hands and requires silverware — and that’s a dealbreaker. Sorry, but this is New York and that’s the pizza of the provinces.
Do they have a devoted clientele? Yes. Is it a fun and busy place steeped in tradition? Of course. Do those who choose Kay’s think it’s great? Obviously. Is it the best pizza in the area? No fucking way.
Nevertheless, year after year, Kay’s comes out on top. Look, pizza debates are far too numerous (and tedious) and we don’t need another one. And I’m not going to imply that people in Rensselaer County wouldn’t know a good pizza from a hole in the ground. No, I’d never say that. And I won’t suggest that we shouldn’t trust the people who voted for Steve McLaughlin to vote for the best pizza. That would be a cheap shot.
But I will say this: Get online and cast your vote. My choices would be De Fazio’s or Romos, but it’s up to you. You have until March 3 to help stop the madness.