Poll: Sugar in Tomato Sauce, Way or No Way?


[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Is that a hardworking teaspoon of sugar just mindin' it's own business OR is it the shot heard 'round the world? If you frequent Slice, you may have spotted the recent re-emergence of a longstanding debate regarding Kenji's New York style pizza sauce. The recipe calls for a modest addition of sugar, and a whole lot of folks are just not having it. And I quote: "No, no, no, no, no, no, no," and "The red stuff on pizza is tomato sauce. There is no sugar in tomato sauce. I think I made that pretty clear," and "Are you crazy? Tomatoes in Tomato Sauce? The Italians are freakin freakin out! STOP IT!," and so on and so forth.

So, we want to know. Is that (biggish) pinch of sugar no big deal or utter, heinous blasphemy?

About the author: Niki Achitoff-Gray is the editor of Slice and a part-time student at the Institute of Culinary Education. She's pretty big into pizza. Also, she likes offal. A lot.