I wanted to take a break from writing long dramatic stories on my life or writing recipes, although I know you love them!
Yes yes yes, there is the stereo type that Italian`s are pizza eater`s, but I am here to confirm that it is totally true, and they eat it often!
Pizza here is not taken lightly, and it is definitely not a case of dialing a 1800 number for home delivery. Pizza means so much more here in Italy. Pizza brings people together, it is a "modo di vivere" (a way to live)!
Pizza can be enjoyed amongst family, friends, work meetings, or it is common that a first date is nervously enjoyed sharing pizza. And yes, even on first dates Italian women eat pizza!
Going out for a weekly pizza amongst friends is the perfect alternative to a restaurant, especially when funds are tight. There are some really chic pizza restaurants where you can still enjoy table service, wine (although most Italian`s drink beer with pizza), and soak in the atmosphere. However Alessandro and I enjoy our weekly pizza at a very low key, no frills, very rustic pizzeria where the waiter knows our order.
In fact, I recently decided to celebrated my birthday with friends at a local pizzeria drinking far too much prosecco! The private room was a brick dome built into the ancient city walls, a very unique ambient indeed.
|Pepenero pizzeria, Pietrasanta. Italy|
Although I am a lover of getting my hands dirty and do love beating out a good dough, there is a certain pleasure about being taken out for pizza. If you want to try making pizza at home, please find the recipe here;
The purpose of this article is to share some of my favourite pizza toppings with you. In Italy the pizza's are generally topped with no more than three or four ingredients. By choosing good quality, in season ingredients, you really don't need to add more. Remember less is more! All of my favourite pizza`s that I am listing below have a base of red sauce and mozzarella. You can also order pizza bianca (white pizza), which means no red sauce, however I prefer mine with!
1: Tuna, Tropea red onion topped with fresh rocket
2: Speak and mascarpone
3: Smoked salmon and mascarpone topped with fresh rocket
4: A simple Margherita (tomato, mozzarella and basil). Check out link here;
5: Margherita topped with freshly sliced pieces of prosciutto crudo (smoked prosciutto)
6: Sausage pieces with gorgonzola
7: Origano with anchovies and capers
8: Lots of Tropea red onions finely slices with black olives and anchovies
9: Zucchini flowers with anchovies
10: Potato and rosemary