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Letters | June 2011

Hot Topic: The Great Pizza Debate

Few foods are as universally revered as the humble pizza pie, and TravelandLeisure.com’s “America’s Best Cities for Pizza” (Online, March) inspired more than a few flavorful opinions. Here, a taste.

The Deep End

New York pizza and Chicago deep-dish are totally different. You cannot compare the two! —TravelandLeisure.com member lengland

Pizza Haven

How did you miss New Haven, Connecticut’s Holy Trinity: Sally’s, Pepe’s, and Modern? The city is home to a lot of great smaller pizza joints, too. —TravelandLeisure.com member kacee

Only in Italy

Good pizza can only come from a place where there are people who talk with their hands and have way too many vowels in their names. —TravelandLeisure.com member BuffaloBruce

Reader’s Find: Little Wonder

Before my visit to Paris, a foodie friend recommended Le Villaret (13 Rue Ternaux; 33-1/43-57-89-76; dinner for two $115 ), in the 11th Arrondissement. It’s a small, unpretentious bistro with stone walls, but this is a real gastronomic adventure that changes with the menu every day. The classic French cuisine is modern with inventive touches—such as ginger and basil ice cream—and subtle flavor combinations appear even in the simplest of dishes. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the experience is the fromage course, which arrives at your table in a multistoried cage full of more than 20 different varieties of cheese. It’s a bit like being a kid in FAO Schwartz and having to pick a favorite toy. —Elizabeth Boyle, New York, N.Y.

T+L Asks: What’s Your Most Memorable Hotel Experience?

These are just a few of the responses posted on our Facebook wall (facebook.com/TravelandLeisure) and tweeted to us (@TravlandLeisure). To see more, “like” Travel + Leisure on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

My stay at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. From the moment you walk in, you’re treated like you are Mr. Trump himself. It’s the little things that count. —Beti Verenice, via Facebook

The time I first went to my room at a very posh hotel, I opened the door and was face-to-face with a lady who had just emerged from the shower—I still remember her scream. I think we both received comped stays on that trip! —Paul Reidl, via Facebook

The Renaissance Paris Vendôme Hôtel—top-notch service and location. —Lora Marler, St. Cloud, Fla.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas. As I arrived, the valet parking service asked for my name—from then on, every employee that I encountered greeted me by name and made me feel like royalty. That’s what I call a good first impression. —Maria Weber, Fort Worth, Texas

After 20-plus stays at the Inn at Irving Place, in New York City, I can say it is simply the best—not for one particular moment but for countless perfect ones. —Nicky Fitzgerald, Johannesburg, South Africa

Coming Next Month in T+L Asks: If you could design your own culinary tour, where would you go and what would you eat?

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