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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Pam Grant's Times Colonist Review

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  1. Read the excerpt below form the book Italianissimo. Pizzeria Prima Strada is the only place on Vancuver Island that comes close.

    La Pizza

    PIZZA HAD EVERYTHING GOING FOR IT: IT IS FRAGRANT, DELICIOUS, AFFORDABLE, FAST TO MAKE, AND EASY TO EAT. The perfect pizza is found in Naples, where the best mozzarella is made, and the tomatoes are rich and sweet from the sun. The crust must be slightly chewy, not too thick, not too thin, from dough made and shaped by hand. The expressive singsong dialect of the Neapolitan pizzaiolo, combined with a deft touch and mastery of the wood-burning ovens, makes for pure gastronomic bliss. It is here that the connoisseur learns that fewer ingredients make for better pizza, and that the creative abominations offered in other parts of the world (pineapple with goat cheese or peppersalamichessemushroomzucchinitomato in a deep dish) only confuse the palate. In fact, verace pizza napoletana, true Neapolitan pizza, has been approved for international DOC recognition.


    The Romans had a simple wheat foccacia called “picea,” which, with a pit of yeast, olive oil, and salt, continued to be the staple of the poor. When tomatoes arrived in the area in the 1600s, a legend was born. The original was the marinara, named for the hungry fisherman who would be greeted with a hot pizza upon their return ashore. In 1889 when Queen Margherita cam for a royal visit, chef Raffaele Esposito prepared and dedicated to her majesty the exquisite Pizza Margherita, crafted from tomato, mozzarella, and fresh basil leaves, representing the colors of the new Italian flag.


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