VTJedi wrote something interesting on another thread. Instead of changing the course of that discussion I figured I'll start another one
"American Pizza is nothing like the pizza you get in Italy. If you've had pizza in Italy and are going to experience pizza in the USA for the first time, you'll be greatly disappointed after having had the real thing in Italy."
I'm not Italian and I can count the number of times I've been to Italy on one hand and I hope other folks who go to Italy more often can chime in.
With that said, I find this very hard to believe if we are talking about NYC. Perhaps if you try to find a decent slice in Cedar Rapids, Iowa it can be true but NYC I would imgaine has some great pizza that even Italians can appreciate, I think ;)
On our last trip to Italy the only pizza we sampled was in Varenna on Lake Como which was good but would be somewhere between average and higher quality here in NYC. Of course Varenna and just about the entire North is probably not known for amazing Pizza but still. I was in pasta heaven in the north and pizza was not even secondary so I didnt pay much attention.
We have all kinds of pizzas in NYC, including the new york pizza, Neapolitan pizza among others. I imagine at least the Neaplotan stuff in Keste, Don Antonio, Roberta's is close enough, no?