Roast chicken breast, spiced tandoori yoghurt base, broccoli, sliced
red onion, mozzarella, spiced mango chutney and cucumber and mint yoghurt.
Now, when the pizza actually arrived the base was thick and sweet despite claims that the base would be thin and crispy. Everything tasted fresh and good, they had obviously sourced the good stuff but put it together pretty poorly. This all got me thinking about what a misguided venture the whole thing was, and what a good pizza should be.
As far as I am concerned with pizza simplicity is best and freshness paramount and you'd better have a fiendishly hot oven too. The best pizza's I've eaten are in New York and Italy. The Italian one came out of an oven built into a hill side that has been in use since Roman times and the one in NYC was in John's Famous Pizza the first time I ever visited the city. Now, both pizza's are viewed though the rose tint of happy memories and novelty but there is something fundamental to be learnt from both experiences:
Pizza is food to share, so the notion of an individual pizza is pointless. Make my pizza big with mounds of toppings that I can share with my friends.
Pizza is the best kind of convienience food, I don't need to feel like I'm eating somewhere special or swanky, it's a pizza for fucks sake, I just need enough elbow room and a space for a beer. Spend your money on a decent oven and a guys who know what they are doing in the kitchen.
Pizza is Italian food. They been making it for a long time. Leave it be.
Make my pizza base thin, make it crisp. I have no desire to fill up on spongy bread.
Don't get me wrong there are some cracking pizza places in London, but on the whole we get them badly wrong, the time has come, I think, to make a stand. For someone to come along and make pizza that rules, a pizza to liberate us from the tyranny of Pizza Hut, Pizza Express and places like Fire and Stone.
If anyone knows who they are please tell me...