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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Culinary no-no #377

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Culinary no-no took a Mother’s Day hiatus last Sunday, so to woo readers back I’m going with a discussion topic that always seems to go over…

That monster pizza comes from my childhood favorite place, Maria’s that started out at 7th and Greenfield on Milwaukee’s south side before moving to its current location at 5025 W. Forest Home.

Nick Kindelsperger wrote to Serious Eats about his Maria’s experience;

The pizza draped off the sides of the tray it's served on, and I think we managed to maybe eat a quarter of it. It's a fine example of the party-cut pizza, and the sausage was incredible.

TV celebrity chef Rachael Ray gave Maria’s high marks.

Yes, Maria’s is mighty good and has developed a cult following dating back over 50 years.

But as delicious as the fare Maria’s serves, is it really pizza? For that matter is Maria’s even a pizzeria?

No, I haven’t eaten one too many pickled mushrooms.

Justin Piazza says most of what restaurants bill as pizza isn’t the real deal. Piazza runs two restaurants in Phoenix he claims are two of only 76 authentic pizzerias in America. What makes Piazza’s places bona fide? They’ve been recognized by
Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, a nonprofit in Naples with a goal to “promote and protect … true Neapolitan pizza.”

Piazza possesses the organization’s seal of approval.

Here’s an example of what Neapolitan pizza looks like.