Carlton, I have thought about this before and wonder if this is because of the syndrome where we become blind to the great things in our backyard, because we are so used to them. If you always had great food from one of places featured in these articles, you may not realize how great it was since there was nothing of lower quality to compare it to.
We have a wonderful pizzaria nearby, used to be John’s Pizza, but they changed the name to Pizzaria Americana, probably so they weren’t confused with Papa John’s. I love their pies, we usually get one every week, and I can ask for thin crust if that’s how I want it. I wonder how they would stack up against the best in the "Northeast Pizza Belt." Maybe some day Michael and Jane Stern will be passing through Rochester and I can get them to stop by and offer an unbiased opinion.
There is no such thing as an UNBIASED OPINION![;)]