Q. My friends and I are having a debate about how you are supposed to eat pizza. Do you pick it up with your hands or is the polite thing to do to cut it with a knife and eat it with a fork?
A. Just as with the debate about which way to hang a roll of toilet paper, the pizza debate divides people into two camps, but there is no one answer. When your pizza is loaded with toppings and hard to pick up without covering your hands in sauce and cheese, and this bothers you, use a knife and fork. You might start a pizza slice that is piping hot with a knife and fork, too, and then pick it up when it cools. If you are picking it up, fold it lengthwise to make it easier to handle. When a pizza is served as a whole pie, not sliced, as it sometimes is in other countries, you must cut slices, and then either pick up your slice or use your utensils. Your choice, although the more formal the occasion the more you might feel that you must use utensils.