Thanks for taking the time to comment, Dominic. If you …

Comment on Pizza Time by Malcolm.

Thanks for taking the time to comment, Dominic. If you read back through our archives a bit, I think you’ll see that we’re far from elitist in our eating habits, and I didn’t mean to come off that way in my evaluation of Pizza Time.

You’re right: it is bad because it is bad, and I perhaps became a little too carried away in my stroll down Maine Pizza Memory Lane, in my efforts to sort out my feelings on the subject. My biggest reaction to my pizza from Pizza Time was that I hadn’t seen anything quite like it since I was a little kid, living in Maine, and I couldn’t help but think about how much the “pizza scene” has evolved since then.

Otto is not good because it’s new, or because of the hipster element (in fact, it’s not even our favorite pizza in town). It’s good because it shows a certain intelligence and due respect to the form, and cranks out pizza with (generally) a consistency in care and attention. Otto is good because it knows the difference between “making pizza” and “melting cheese on bread,” and that is why it has the solid reputation that it has.

Thanks again for the comment.

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Malcolm Bedell is co-author of the critically acclaimed “Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road,” as well as the taco-centric blog “Eat More Tacos,” and the junk food-centric “Spork & Barrel.” His contributions include Serious Eats, Down East, L.A. Weekly, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post and his food truck, “‘Wich, Please,” was named “Hottest Restaurant in Maine” for 2015 by Eater. Finally, he finds it very silly to be trying to write this in the third person.